Maybe it’s because it only requires a heap of wood or charcoal and a pit or metal pan, but BBQ is universal. From Korea to Argentina, every country has its own take on barbecue. Whether its chicken on bamboo skewers or a whole pig on a spit, barbecue can take on many different forms, and we love them all.
In our last blog post, we looked at a few popular BBQ dishes around the globe. Be sure to check this out if you have yet to. In today’s blog post, we are going to pick up right where we left off and add a few more international BBQ dishes to the list.
Here in the U.S., we often refer to this as simply Korean BBQ. But in Korea, it’s called gogigui. This word literally translates to “meat + roasting”. Unlike other BBQ methods on this list, this style often happens indoors, specifically at a dinner table with a built-in gas or charcoal grill. The most popular type of gogigui is bulgogi, which is thickly sliced, marinated beef.
Named after the cylindrical clay oven in which meat is cooked, tandoori BBQ is a cross between a traditional BBQ and a ridiculously hot convection oven — temperatures can reach 900 degrees Fahrenheit. The design of the Punjabi tandoor has changed very little in the last 5,000 years. During this Indian-style barbecuing process, meat is placed directly on top of the fire. This allows the meat to essentially bake in its own smoke, which creates a truly unique, smoky flavor. Accompanying sides, such as naan, chapati, and kebabs are often cooked in tandoors as well.
Char Siu is perhaps the most common type of Chinese BBQ. These reddish, glossy strips of pork come from the belly, shoulder, loin, and other areas. They are sweet and sticky and flavored with a variety of spices and sauces — e.g. honey, five-spice, fermented bean curd, soy sauce, vinegar, and hoisin sauce. This Cantonese cuisine literally translates to “fork roasted.” It can be found all over China in fast food restaurants, night markets, and in the homes of BBQers.
While this style is popular all across the continent of South America, it is especially common in Argentina. It’s actually their national dish. Asados are all-day affairs where smoked meat is pulled off the grill periodically throughout the day. This slow-cooking process varies quite a bit from household to household. Some use grills while others use a simple wire rack placed directly on a fire. Nearly every type of meat can be used — from shanks to steaks, intestines to brains. Asado style lets the meat speak for itself. The meat is rarely seasoned with more than a little bit of salt. However, classic asados often have light and herbaceous chimichurri sauce on hand.
Okay, okay, so we haven’t quite established a truly original style of BBQ. But that’s okay, we never wanted to. When we opened our Boynton Beach restaurant, our goal was to bring real, Southern, cafeteria-style BBQ to the area. We are proud to report that we have perfected this. We revere the craft, and we do everything the traditional Southern way with a pitmaster and all. Learn more about our story here.
Ready for a nice sit-down meal at our Boynton Beach BBQ restaurant? Or perhaps some award-winning BBQ catering to help make your big event a smokin’ success? We’d love to help! This is our passion. Check out our BBQ menu, our catering menu, and contact us today to learn more!