A well-stocked barbecue pantry guarantees you can treat family and friends to a spontaneous meal without the need to visit a supermarket or grocery store. You know the kind of party—one of those spur-of-the-moment get-togethers that start with a casual invitation to eat some great barbecue and maybe “melt some ice,” a term an old Southern gentleman I knew used to signal cocktail hour.
Ground turkey is one of the most versatile products at the meat counter. It plays well with assertive flavors from many of the world’s cuisines, and can be made into meatballs, meatloaf, kebabs, or our favorite—burgers.
Beef is just the start, for the Korean barbecue repertory is broad enough to include pork belly, oysters, chicken, shellfish, and even eel—all served with a variety of small plate condiments collectively called panchan.