Tamarind Marinated Pork Belly Skewers

The days when a person can buy farm-raised meat directly from the producer are almost a thing of the past. But there still are options.

Just recently, a few of my friends and I purchased some pork from a local farmer. A couple of whole pigs were sent from the farm to the butcher and then came to us.

So far, I have been pretty satisfied with the meat. Therese and I already have sampled some chops, steaks and bacon. And with the holidays just around the corner, a smoked ham is looking pretty good for Christmas or New Year’s Day.

Not everyone has the opportunity to buy meat this way. For those people, Pig of the Month (www.pigofthemonth.com.) is a great option.

Featured on “Good Morning America” and personally endorsed by Iron Chef Michael Symon, Pig of the Month is an online retailer specializing in world famous barbecue and sides, all one click away from your dinner table.

With a smoking technique that was perfected over decades, the company ships homemade, all natural barbecue products ranging from a variety of meats, sides and sauces straight to your door — all ready to be served within 30-minutes of arrival.

Among best sellers at Pig of the Month:

BBQ Feast! $74.95 — 2 racks of Texas Style Barbecue ribs, 1 pound of pulled pork, 1 bottle Cattle King Texas Brisket & BBQ Sauce.

Bacon Sampler, $55 — 1 pound Pepper Crusted Smoked Bacon, 1 pound Chipotle spiced Bacon, 1 pound Applewood Smoked Maple Cinnamon Bacon.

Sausage Sampler, $38.95 — 1 pound Duck, Pear and Port Sausages; 1 pound Mild Italian Sausages; 1 pound Garlic Sausages.

Memphis Style Ribs, $58.95 — 2 racks of Memphis style baby back ribs (1.75 to 2 pound per rack),  1 bottle Memphis Barbecue Sauce.

Pig of the Month also features recipes on its website, including the following one.

Tamarind Marinated Pork Belly Skewers
1 tablespoon tamarind paste
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon Vietnamese fish sauce (nuoc mam)
2 teaspoons fresh minced ginger
1 tablespoon minced shallot or green onion
½ teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
1 pound pork belly, skin removed and sliced in ¼-inch cubes
Combine marinade ingredients in a bowl. Add cubed or sliced pork belly to marinade. Let sit for about 30 minutes at room temperature. If you have more time, let sit for up to 2 hours.
Bring your grill up to medium heat. Remove pork from marinade, thread onto skewers, maybe with your favorite vegetables, and then grill 2 to 3 minutes per side or until nicely browned.
Serve immediately.
Yield: Serves 6 to 8.