BBQ Pork with Turmeric and Lemongrass

BBQ Pork with Turmeric and Lemongrass

Do you have a dish that just take you back to your childhood? One that only Mum can make them? Every time your mum make it for you it like a warm hug? Well this is it for me. My interpretation of it.

My Mum used to make me this dish when we were still living in Thailand. I called it Yellow salty Pork, as the colour of the turmeric would make it yellow. I asked my mum the other day how she made it and she has given me her recipe. Which is pretty much some pork belly, salt, turmeric and water and cook it.
When I asked her how much of each ingredients do I use? her replied was just “so that it taste good”!
With that great advice I started to recreate my childhood dish. It was nice and yummy, but it was missing that little magic something that a dish has when your mum cooks it for you.

There was no way I was going to be able to make the dish taste as good as my mum’s. Instead I have made an interpretation of the dish.

I used shoulder of pork instead of pork belly adding lemongrass and BBQ rather than boil. We have had this a few times now and we all love it. although I have called this recipe a BBQ Pork, I have mostly cooked this on a griddle over a stove top and it works perfectly.

BBQ Pork with Turmeric and Lemongrass
BBQ Pork with Turmeric and Lemongrass

We have had it with Sticky rice, in a wrap even in a baguette with some salad for lunch. With summer approaching I feel that this dish with be on our BBQ most week.

The below recipe served 4-6 people depending on what you are having it with.

You will Need:

900g, shoulder of pork
For the marinade
2, sticks lemongrass – cut into 2 inches pieces and bashed
1, chicken stock cube
2tbs, turmeric powder
3tbs, honey
2tbs, soy sauce
1tbs, garlic powder
3tbs, olive oil
1/2tsp, white pepper
pinch of salt

Let’s cook!
Make the marinade by mashing the stock cube with the olive oil until well combined. Then add the remaining marinade ingredients and give it a good mix.
Cut the pork shoulder into cubes, What size? I call it 2 bites size. As in you can eat it in 2 bites.
Marinade the pork in the marinade over night in the fridge if you can. Minimum of 4 hours if you do not have the time. Before you put the pork away I would take one pice of the pork and cook it in a non stick pan just to check that you are happy with the flavour. Adjusting the seasoning as require.
Removed the pork from the fridge to let it come to room temperature before cooking it. You can cook this in any way you like. On the BBQ, in a non stick pay or on a griddle it is down to you. it should take about 15 to 20 minutes to cook. Cut one to check that it is cook through before serving.


Note: English is not my first language. Please excuse any spelling or grammatical error.

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  • I made this BBQ pork yesterday and it was a great success with everyone even though I wasn’t organised enough to marinate overnight. Can’t wait to make it again. I think it is going to become one of our BBQ ‘regulars’.

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