When I’m asked to bring something to a tailgate, my first thought is “on a stick.” When I’m standing around in the Muni parking lot outside the stadium, with a red cup 2 of tasty beverage in one hand, skewers fit the bill perfectly.
My goal was short, yakitori style pork skewers, with small bites of pork tenderloin. Unfortunately, I looked at the pack of 6-inch bamboo skewers at the store and thought “No, I have a ton of those at home.” Wrong! Luckily, I did have a couple of packs of 8-inch skewers, so bigger bites were now on the menu.
My only regret? Twelve skewers of pork is not enough for a crowd of hungry guys. I should have doubled this recipe. Or tripled it.
Recipe: Grilled Pork Tenderloin Skewers with Teriyaki Sauce
Grilled Pork Tenderloin Skewers with Teriyaki Sauce recipe - Japanese Yakitori inspired skewers.
Brinerade and sauce
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled
- ½ inch piece of ginger, peeled
- 2 green onions, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 cup soy sauce
- ½ cup mirin
- ¼ cup peanut oil
- 2 (1-pound) pork tenderloins, silver skin removed, cut into 1 inch pieces
- Brinerate and skewer the pork: Drop the garlic cloves, ginger, and green onions into a running food processor or blender, and wait for them to be completely minced. Turn off the motor, add the soy sauce, mirin, and peanut oil, and process for a minute to completely combine. Reserve ½ cup of the brinerade as a basting sauce. Put the pork tenderloin cubes in a gallon zip-top bag and pour the brinerade over the cubes. Squeeze out the air, seal the bag, and massage the bag to coat all the pork with the brinerade. Refrigerate in a baking dish for one to four hours, turning the bag occasionally to redistribute the brinerade. Skewer the pork, letting the excess brinerade drip off. (At this point I put the skewers into a double layer of zip-top gallon bags and refrigerated them overnight, then kept them on ice in a cooler until it was time to cook.)
- Set the grill up for direct medium heat cooking: Set the grill up for cooking with direct medium heat. I preheat my grill with all burners on high for ten minutes, then turn the burners down to medium and brush the grill grate clean.
- Cook the Skewers: Put the skewers on the grill over direct medium heat. If cooking on a gas grill, cook with the lid closed as much as possible. Grill until the pork is browned on the bottom, about 4 minutes, then flip the skewers and grill on the other side until browned, about 4 more minutes. Brush the skewers on both sides with the reserved basting sauce, then let them sizzle on the grill for another minute.
- Serve: Remove to a platter, brush with any remaining basting sauce, and serve.
- Prep Time: 4 hours
- Cook Time: 8 minutes
- Category: Grilling
- Cuisine: Japanese
- I make my own teriyaki sauce for this recipe - it’s easy with a food processor or blender. But, if you want to take the easy way out, replace the Brinerade and sauce with a bottle of store-bought teriyaki sauce. I like Soy Vay brand teriyaki sauce for my last minute teriyaki needs.
- In the end, “just” teriyaki skewers wasn’t exciting enough for our tailgate, so brought a bottle of Korean Gochujang, and a bottle of Thai Sweet Chili Sauce to go with my teriyaki sauce. That way, everyone could pick from a few different flavors.
What do you think?
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