Summer BBQ

Summer BBQ

I’ve been to a many a summer BBQs in my life, including many hosted by my parents when growing up, but nothing like the one my friends S & I hosted this past weekend.  It was a food gourmand’s paradise.  This BBQ had a bit of everything – from smoked meat to marinated pork belly to meatballs.  I literally starved myself all day in anticipation and boy, am I glad I did.  My favourite dish of night, the homemade bao!  I’ve tasted good bao at restaurants but nothing like this.  The pork belly was soaked in a homemade marinade, sliced and then seared on the BBQ.  Also inside, sliced boiled eggs marinated in a housemade soy dressing and pickled daikon, carrots and cucumbers.  Topped with cilantro and all sandwiched within the bun, made with a homemade dough and steamed fresh.  It was absolutely refreshing, hitting all the sweet, salty and sour notes.  Bao wasn’t the only dish served, there was a smorgasbord of meats: smoked chicken, smoked BBQ ribs, BBQ chicken wings with a homemade rub (with jerk spice notes) and asian style  meatballs.  To top it off, grilled pineapple – golden pineapple tossed in brown sugar and cinnamon then grilled on the BBQ, a great ending to a fantastic night of food and friends.  Thanks S & I!

Homemade bao stuffed with marinated pork belly - delicious!

Homemade bao stuffed with marinated pork belly – delicious!

Inside the bao.

Inside the bao.

Asian meatballs and BBQ wings.

Asian meatballs and BBQ wings.

Spicy chicken wings with homemade spice rub.

Spicy chicken wings with homemade spice rub.

Homemade pork and chicken satay.

Homemade pork and chicken satay.

Smoked BBQ ribs.

Smoked BBQ ribs.

Smoked chicken and ribs.

Smoked chicken and ribs.

A closer look at the smoked chicken and its bark.

A closer look at the smoked chicken and its bark.

Homemade potato and macaroni salad.

Homemade potato and macaroni salad.

Inside the smoker.

Inside the smoker.

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