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Mar 16 2009

BBQing for Friends Sparks an Early Start to Summer

Published by at 10:37 pm under Cooking at Home

Southern California typically boasts warm weather year-round, so on a whim, we decided to invite some of our friends over for some BBQ this past weekend. And I think our backyard BBQ grill needed some TLC!

The key to good BBQ is the marination! We did a few different flavors to offer variety. For this photo, we took pork and dressed it up with olive oil, garlic, paprika, garlic powder, and fresh rosemary from our backyard.

The key to good BBQ is the marination! We did a few different flavors to offer variety. For this photo, we took pork and dressed it up with olive oil, garlic, paprika, garlic powder, and fresh rosemary from our backyard.

For the Korean BBQ lovers, we took the remainder of the pork and soaked it with soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, brown sugar, plum sake, pear juice, ginger, garlic, and green onions. FYI, this is a great combination for short ribs (which we didn't have on hand).

For the Korean BBQ lovers, we took the remainder of the pork and soaked it with soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, brown sugar, plum sake, pear juice, ginger, garlic, and green onions. FYI, this is a great combination for short ribs (which we didn't have on hand).

Can't forget chicken! For this batch, we used mainly dry seasonings like paprika, garlic powder, dried onion flakes, garlic, pepper, seasoned salt, and fresh chives - also from the handy dandy garden in the back.

Can't forget chicken! For this batch, we used mainly dry seasonings like paprika, garlic powder, dried onion flakes, garlic, pepper, seasoned salt, olive oil, and fresh chives - also from the handy dandy garden in the backyard. (We can't wait to show you photos of our herb garden when it gets huge!)

And finally, this crazy red thing here is basically pure Red Rooster hot sauce! You'd think it will turn out extremely spicy, but don't fret - it's actually very mild, with a little kick. You'd be surprised!

And finally, this crazy red thing here is basically pure Red Rooster hot sauce! You'd think it will turn out extremely spicy, but don't fret - it's actually very mild, with a little kick. You'd be surprised!

Looks like this is one happy BBQ grill. We couldn't forget corn on the cob and some grilled eggplant!

Looks like this is one happy BBQ grill. We couldn't forget corn on the cob and some grilled eggplant!

It was tough to get a picture of all the finished meat because our friends devoured it like there was no tomorrow. Luckily, I was able to save a few pieces of meat including the New York steak strip (no chicken though)! It was a fun and FULLfilling day. Don't you want to be our friends? Hehe.

It was tough to get a picture of all the finished meat because our friends devoured it like there was no tomorrow. Luckily, I was able to save a few pieces of meat including the New York steak strip (no chicken though)! It was a fun and FULLfilling day. Don't you want to be our friends? Hehe.

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