Luau Appetizers, Big Flavors

Aloha

I just did a pretty cool Luau party for a good customer.

It wasn’t fancy, but I came up with some new appetizers for it that I would like to share.

We used to do a Grilled Ham and pineapple skewer. I know... kinda boring.

Well, not anymore. I hate to steal a phrase but, we not only kicked it up a notch, we kicked the S&8^t out of it.

Smoked Pork Belly Braised in Asian BBQ Sauce Skewers with Grilled Pineapple. Hell, yeah!

We also served up some Teriyaki Meatballs with red pepper skewers,

Coconut Shrimp in a sweet chili, mustard glaze,

and Bacon Wrapped Shrimp in a chipotle raspberry glaze.

They were all a big hit.

Heres is how we did the new Pork Belly Pineapple skewer

First you need to find you some good pork belly. Then you trim off some of the fat to make it as even as you can.(my inspiration for this came from Vindulge blog

Then cut into cubes. The size depends on what you want to do with it. We want to put it on a skewer so it has to be a little smaller than if it were just on a platter. Also they will shrink about 40 to 50 %.

Next, put the cubes in a bowl and drizzle some olive oil on them. Season with kosher salt and cracked black pepper.

Then season liberally with a nice BBQ rub of your choice. I used…XXXX

Toss it well and spread it out on a screen (cooling rack) if you have one. The screen makes it much easier to put the meat on the grill and to remove it.