When outdoor grilling is firmly within "Dad's territory" but you want to treat the father in your life to a relaxing and tasty day off, prepare this easy grilled pork recipe. Supportive family members can prepare the marinade, dipping sauce, rice and accompaniments, then stand back and let Dad handle the main event of quickly grilling the meat.
The sweet, sour, tangy and earthy flavors elevate this dish way above your typical backyard fare, and yet the ingredients are readily available in most markets. Feel free to swap in shoulder chops (which require no skewer), chicken breast or even tofu, and pair with a succulent Riesling—we've provided 12 recently rated examples below. Happy Father's Day!
Southeast Asian-Style Grilled Pork Skewers
For the pork:
• 1 pound pork tenderloin, cut into 2-inch wide, 3/4-inch thick strips
• 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
• 2 medium shallots, peeled and finely chopped
• 2 scallions, finely chopped
• 1/2 tablespoon finely chopped or grated fresh ginger
• 1 stalk lemongrass, finely chopped, or 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
• 3 tablespoons soy sauce
• 3 tablespoons Vietnamese fish sauce
• 1 tablespoon honey
• Red chile powder or crushed red chile flakes, to taste
Equipment: 25-30 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes before grilling, or metal skewers
1. Place the pork in a sealable plastic bag, non-reactive casserole or wide bowl. Whisk together the remaining ingredients and pour over the pork, gently tossing to evenly distribute. Cover or seal and refrigerate at least 6 hours and up to 24.
2. Preheat the grill or broiler. Remove the meat from the refrigerator and thread each piece onto a skewer.
3. Cook the meat over medium-high heat for about 3 to 4 minutes per side or until cooked through.
For the nuoc cham dipping sauce:
• 1/4 cup Vietnamese fish sauce
• 1/4 cup lime juice
• 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
• 1 fresh red Thai chile pepper, finely sliced
• 1 tablespoon shrimp paste
• 1 tablespoon soy sauce
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl, and whisk well to fully incorporate.
• Nuoc cham dipping sauce (from above)
• Cooked white rice
• Accompaniments: Finely grated carrots, thinly sliced scallions, julienned lettuce leaves, finely chopped peanuts
Serve the skewers on a platter, with the rice, accompaniments and individual bowls of the nuoc cham dipping sauce alongside. Serves 4 to 6.
RECOMMENDED RIESLINGS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Note: The following list is a selection of outstanding and very good wines from recently rated releases. More wines can be found in our Wine Ratings Search.
LOOSEN BROS. Riesling QbA Mosel Dr. L 2012 Score: 91 | $12
This succulent white is filled with plush red peach, cherry and white currant flavors that are supported by zesty acidity. Long and creamy on the finish, offering plenty of spicy overtones. This is impressive for the category. Drink now through 2016. 100,000 cases made.—K.M.
GUNDERLOCH Riesling Kabinett Rheinhessen Jean-Baptiste 2012 Score: 90 | $20
Features a racy edge to the apple, green peach and citrus flavors. This is lithe and fresh-tasting. Crisp acidity lends zesty purity and verve to the finish. Drink now through 2018. 3,500 cases made.—K.M.
MARKUS MOLITOR Riesling QbA Mosel Haus Klosterberg Dry 2011 Score: 90 | $18
Very savory and lush, with fine balance and texture to the ripe apple, wild plum and dried citrus flavors, lending this a subtle complexity. Lilac and beeswax notes emerge on the spicy finish. Drink now through 2016. 36,000 cases made.—K.M.
DR. LOOSEN Riesling Kabinett Mosel Blue Slate 2012 Score: 89 | $22
Shows lively snap to the lemon-lime and fresh-cut apple flavors, featuring some saline and minerally notes. The finish is crisp and zesty. Drink now through 2020. 9,000 cases made.—K.M.
PEWSEY VALE Riesling Eden Valley Dry 2013 Score: 89 | $18
A fresh and open-textured white, offering inviting flavors of slate-accented pear and lime that pulse pleasantly on the dry finish. Drink now through 2019. 5,000 cases made.—H.S.
NXNW Riesling Horse Heaven Hills 2012 Score: 88 | $12
Light, sleek and dry, with ginger and lime overtones to the apple flavors, finishing crisp and expressive. Drink now through 2016. 11,500 cases made.—H.S.
BALTHASAR RESS Riesling QbA Rheingau Dry KM 501 2012 Score: 88 | $16
The green apple, peach and savory herb flavors are fresh and lively in this bright white. Interesting notes of vanilla emerge on the finish. Drink now through 2016. 5,000 cases made.—K.M.
SCHLOSS VOLLRADS Riesling QbA Rheingau 2012 Score: 88 | $20
Effusively fruity, with an enticing mix of peach, apricot and pear flavors, layered with floral accents and plenty of spice. Finishes with hints of lemon curd and crème brûlée. Drink now through 2016. 6,000 cases made.—K.M.
RED NEWT CELLARS Riesling Finger Lakes Circle Label 2012 Score: 87 | $13
Juicy Key lime, kiwi and green apple notes are backed by bouncy acidity and a bright finish. Drink now. 5,727 cases made.—J.M.
SCHLOSS SCHÖNBORN Riesling QbA Rheingau Dry 2012 Score: 87 | $20
Offers grapefruit, melon and quince flavors, with notes of tropical fruit and spice. Finishes a touch austere, showing hints of salted almond and flint. Drink now through 2016. 10,500 cases made.—K.M.
ST.-URBANS-HOF Riesling QbA Mosel Urban 2012 Score: 87 | $11
The roasted peach and Golden Delicious apple flavors are accented by notes of tarragon cream. Offers a broad finish, with hints of smoke and spice. Drink now. 30,000 cases made.—K.M.
WILLAMETTE VALLEY VINEYARDS Riesling Willamette Valley 2012 Score: 87 | $14
Lightly sweet, with a tangy edge to the ripe pear and lychee flavors, finishing with some length. Drink now. 16,600 cases made.—H.S.