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Late Summer Grilling
Grilled ground pork lettuce wraps are having a moment. It’s a perfect offering for late summer grilling. With the real heat behind us, it’s always nice to have something a bit heartier.
Coming up with something different to grill can be a tough order. As a family, our go-to protein is pork, which makes us so happy this dish is having a bout of popularity. We like flavorful grilled meats, and using pork mince makes for a perfect conductor of flavor.
Since it’s still summer, we don’t want anything too heavy on the stomach, and that’s where lettuce and other crisp vegetables, such as cucumber, fresh scallions, and radishes come to play.
Easy Ground Pork Recipe
Some of the easiest pork recipes for grilling, I believe, are Asian base. None of this slow smoke, multi-basting variety that has been the norm with barbecuing and grilling these days, just great combinations of seasoning and straight up fire.
Some of the best I’ve tasted are from street vendors in Bangkok, Thailand and Boracay Island, Philippines. I’m partial to the Filipino barbecues, with that sugary and tangy mixes of flavor they impart onto their meats.
On the other hand, Thai salads with their wonderful citrusy and spices dressings hit some of my favorite flavor profiles. They’re also cooling for that matter. A perfect accompaniment for summer grilling.
So as a recipe, we drew from both and present you with the Dish Our Town version of a grilled ground pork lettuce wrap.
What’s summer grilling without a good summer drink. Before things get too serious with some of the stronger mixtures that are prevalent in the Fall, an easy and fun wine-based cocktail is a perfect pairing for this grilled pork mince recipe.
#CKMondaviWines have the perfect base for such drinks. Two wines, in particular, are excellent for which to mix. There is the #SunsetSweetRed for red wine lovers and the Moscato for white wine lovers. With a serving of either with a portion of club soda, ice, and a squeeze of lemon; it’s an excellent drink, especially for barbecue.
Other recipes and wine pairings you may enjoy:
Hold onto summer, and try this recipe:Print
Late summer grilling fare.
- Let sit for 4 hours minimum in refrigerator, best overnight. Boston or Butter Lettuce Red Radish Scallions Cucumber Lime.
- After letting sit; mix (2 cloves minced) garlic, soy sauce, (3 tablespoons) vinegar, fish sauce, and (2 tablespoons) sugar into the pork mince.
- mold into oval shapes (about 2″x1″).
- Indoor Grill (pre-heat and use olive oil to line).
- Grill pieces, medium heat (indoor)
- (outdoor-away from dirt fire) for about 3 minutes a side. Or until sugar starts glazing exterior of meat.
- After all pieces have been cooked (for indoor grill- deglaze pan with Moscato and pour over pieces) set aside.
- While meat is resting, dice cucumber, thinly slice radishes, slice scallions, and carefully peel leaves off lettuce head.
- In a small bowl, juice 2 limes, add 1 clove of garlic, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 tablespoon of fish sauce.
- Take one piece of the grilled pork, put in the center of a lettuce leaf, garnish with scallions, add cucumbers and radishes.
- Sprinkle in dressing as desired. For spice, add siracha and mayonnaise combination.
Eat as much as much as you want. With the lettuce acting as the carrier versus bread, per se, it’s much lighter than other mince meat favorites such as hamburgers. Perfect when paired with Mondavi Sweet Wine Cocktails.
- Category: Barbecue
- Method: grill
- Cuisine: Asian
Keywords: Mondavi wines, Asian barbecue, Philippines, Thailand, Pork Mince, grill, end of summe, paring, lettuce, wrap, ground pork