Thai Grilled Pork Skewers

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Most countries have some form of grilled skewered meat (kebab).  Although it originated in the Middle East, each country and region has adapted their own version based on tastes and available ingredients.  This version is based on a Thai dish called Mu Ping and while pork butt (shoulder) is normally used, I had tenderloin in the refridgerator that needed to be used.  Whichever cut you end up using, the result will be the same-succulent, juicy morsels of grilled meat.  Enjoy!

I added 4 japones chiles (sub 1 tablespoon black peppercorns), 6 garlic cloves, stems only from 1/2 bunch cilantro, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons fish sauce, 1 tablespoon rice vinegar, 1/2 cup coconut milk, 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 1 tablespoon canola oil to my food processor.

I whirled it until well combined.

I cut a 1 1/2 pound tenderloin into 1/4 inch thick slices.  Like I said before, feel free to use less expensive, albeit fattier pork butt.

I placed the pork along with 3/4 of the marinade in a bowl and tossed to coat.  I reserved the other 1/4 of the marinade to brush on while cooking.  I let it marinate in the refridgerator for 8 hours but you can get by with as little as 4 hours.  When it was done, I threaded the meat onto bamboo skewers that I’d soaked for 30 minutes in water.  Be sure to thread the meat tightly as it will keep the meat from drying out.  Unfortunately, the pictures of them grilling didn’t come out well.  I grilled them over medium high heat for about 6-8 minutes per side or 15 minutes total.

And this is what you end up with.  Enjoy!

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These tasty skewers are a crowd pleaser and the Thai flavors lend themselves perfectly to grilling. The grilled skewers be used as a main dish or as an appetizer in smaller portions.
Serves: 4-6
  • 1½ pounds pork tenderloin cut into ¼ inch slices (can sub pork butt)
  • 6 bamboo skewers soaked in water
  • 4 japone chiles (or 1 tablespoon black peppercorns)
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • stems only from ½ bunch cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  1. Place all the marinade ingredients into a food processor or blender and whirl until com[letely combined. If using peppercorns instead of japones, process them by themselves before adding the other ingredients to make sure they break up.
  2. Add the pork along with ¾ of the marinade in a bowl and toss to combine. Refridgerate for 4-8 hours, the longer the better. Reserve the remaining ¼ marinade for basting on the grill. Thread the pork tightly onto the skewers then grill over medium high heat for 6-8 minutes per side or 15 minutes total, basting with the reserved ¼ marinade.
This recipe requires 4-8 hours of marinating prior to grilling.




Thai Grilled Pork Skewers — 3 Comments

  1. Hi Ken! Yet another winner! We had a friends over last night for a Thai feast and they were wowed! Here’s the menu: Spicy Scallops, Cucumber Salad w/Lemongrass Vinagarette, Thai Grilled Pork Skewers (Ken’s), Sesame Noodles, Thai Sweet Sticky Rice w/Mango (AR) and Watermelon Ice w/Sweet Mint Sprigs. Your dish was the star of the show! Thank you! I ended up using four small dried Thai chiles. I think I’ll up it to six next time. Our guests also suggested using the marinade for chicken skewers. Take care and keep ’em coming!

    • Wow! That sounds like one heck of a meal and what a great way to end it with the watermelon ice and refreshing mint. Thanks so much for trying it Cathy and I’m glad you all enjoyed it. Will have another on next Monday when I’m back from vacation.

  2. Hi Ken, Thank you for posting the link on Allrecipe Buzz the other day. I made this for dinner last night. I marinated them overnight. I also used pork tenderloin. I used garlic chillie inteade of japone. I cooked with coconut milk alot but never use them for marinade. They are so good.

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