10 Best Chef John Recipes for the Grill
Chef John, he's a man of the world. He's also a man of the grill. So it was only a matter of time before we combined his passions, gathering together his favorite grilled recipes that focus on flavors from around the world. Here it is -- Chef John's global grill, a tour of the world's best barbecued food.
This is a great marinade for any thin cut of beef -- skirt steak, flank steak, round steak, carne asada. The key ingredients here are smoked paprika, sherry vinegar, Dijon mustard, and a little crushed garlic if you like. Try it sliced thinly against the grain and served on tortillas with cilantro and hot sauce and maybe some sliced avocado. So simple and delicious.
Inspired by recipes from the Yucatan peninsula, this simple pork dish boasts vibrant citrus and chile flavors. Ground annatto provides the beautiful orange hue.
There are so many ways to make mojo sauce. As Chef John explains, "They all have garlic, citrus, and olive oil. But after that, the spices and seasonings vary greatly." This recipe is essentially a composite -- the best of many mojos. "I think this would work great as an all-purpose marinade for just about anything destined for the grill," says Chef John. "But skirt steak would be my top choice."
Merguez is a spicy north African sausage that, surprise, also makes excellent burgers! You'll make the sausage yourself, simply combining ground lamb with a quick spice blend, garlic, spicy harissa chili sauce, and tomato paste. Finish your grilled burgers with a crumble of goat's milk feta cheese on top!
You'll top your grilled mahi mahi with a spicy Thai-inspired mango sauce. So quick and easy, the mango sauce is spicy, brightly flavored and versatile. It would also work great with swordfish, salmon, tuna, or other fish or grilled meats.
Here's Chef John's tasty take on a popular Southeast Asian grilled chicken dish. The marinade stars five-spice seasoning, lime juice, ginger, garlic, chile sauce, fish sauce, rice vinegar, and soy sauce. A simple, bright sauce really brings out the flavor in the grilled chicken.
These short ribs rely on thin-sliced beef. They'll only be on the grill for a few hot minutes per side. The key to their succulence is an Asian pear marinade with rice vinegar, sherry wine, hoisin sauce, sambal hot sauce, and sesame oil.
Chef John recommends that you get the extra-large shrimp, "so they can grill longer and get maximum caramelization." The recipe also includes a super-quick, fresh herb sauce to drizzle over your grilled shrimp.
A flavorful marinade combines sweet, spicy, and sour ingredients, including three vinegars, hot sauce, and sugar. It's the perfect marinade for thick pork chops. The recipe also features a sensational mustard sauce.
This quick-and-easy grilled tuna recipe was inspired by the flavors of sushi. Freshly grated horseradish root gives a spicy quality to these delicious tuna steaks.
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