Today we’re going to use one of the most underutilized cooking tools in your kitchen: the broiler.

Think of your broiler as an upside down grill. When it’s not grilling season, things you would cook out on a searing hot grill can be done under the broiler instead.

Tonight’s dinner is sort of an Asian/ barbecue fusion. In the Asian foods isle of your store, you will find Hoisin sauce. It is an absolutely delicious sauce very similar to American barbecue sauce. We will toss the reserved cubed pork tenderloin from the dinner a couple days ago with hoisin, soy sauce, and Chinese 5 spice powder, and then skewer the meat to make kebabs, which we will sear to sticky sweet perfection under the broiler. Asparagus spears can roast right alongside, and we serve with sticky rice, to round out the Asian feel. It’s almost like a deconstructed stir fry. Here’s what you’ll need:

Begin with the rice. You’ll want 1/4 cup dry rice per person. Add that to the pan with a pinch of salt and 1/2 cup of water per serving. So, for example, I used 1 1/2 cups of rice and 3 cups of water for 6 servings. Bring this to a boil, and let it boil over medium high heat until the water level reaches the surface of the rice.

Then, stick on a lid, turn the heat to low, and cook 15 minutes. While the rice cooks, heat your broiler to high, with the rack set on the second from the highest setting. 

Now, we will prepare the pork and asparagus. Add 2 teaspoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce, and 1/2 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice powder to the pork and mix to coat.

Place a wire rack over a foil lined baking sheet.

Thread the meat onto skewers and place on one side of the rack.
Then, bend one asparagus spear to snap off the tough bottom, and trim the rest to match. Place the asparagus on the other half of the rack, and drizzle with a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper. 

Once the timer for the rice goes off, turn the burner off and leave the rice covered while you broil the pork and asparagus. Watch the pork super closely… broil about 3 minutes, until it’s crusty and golden, then flip and broil the 2nd side for about 3 minutes.

Serve it up with the rice!