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My favorite kind of summer marinades come together in 5 ingredients or less—case in point, the 3-ingredient marinade for these pork skewers. This blend of powdered Sirarakhong chillies, soy sauce and honey is full of smoky goodness with an umami backbone and just enough sugar to facilitate char without scorching on the grill (or grill pan). When testing this recipe, I used a Korean soy sauce, which has a milder salinity than your average Kikkoman. Make sure to taste your soy sauce before adding it to the marinade—if it is a little more salty, err on the side of 2 tablespoons rather than 3 in the recipe.
These skewers are best with a fatty cut like country pork ribs or pork shoulder, resulting in succulent meat that's rosy in the center with delectable, caramelized fatty bits that'll tempt you to sneak a piece as they are coming off the grill. A vibrant salad of plums, red onion, cilantro, lemon and sumac brings mouthwatering tanginess to the party, while also cutting the richness of the pork. Enjoy with an ice cold beer!