Yak Grills' portable hibachi brings a taste of Japan to your house at a fraction of the cost of a plane ticket!
When most of us think of Japanese food, sushi and ramen commonly come to mind.
But sushi and ramen, although delicious don't necessarily scream out party food.
But another Japanese dish, yakitori is all about bringing people together, and Yak Grills is making hibachi parties something you're going to want to be hosting.
So what is yakitori?
In its purest form, yakitori is skewers of chicken cooked over charcoal.
The origins of yakitori date back to Japan's Meiji era when diets were restricted and mostly vegetarian due to religious reasons. Over time, those religious beliefs loosened, and meat-eating became more common. As eating meat became more popular, there was the evolution of meat dishes like yakitori.
However Japanese culture found the smell of grilling meat in the home to be in poor taste, so yakitori didn't really start to get popular until the mid-1950s. To circumvent the social stigma, yakitori stands or stalls started popping up as chicken became more popular as a tasty and affordable food source.
Introducing Yak Grills - today's yakitori grill
I'm all about anything that brings people together to cook around an open flame.
Although legit Japanese style yakitori is chicken when served in Japan, it has the potential to be so much more when served in your home.
Let's face it; food on a stick is fun! Open fire cooking over charcoal is fun, and gathering around a fire is fun!
I've always had a soft spot for portable grills. But one thing that sets this one apart from the others, is that Yak Grills are made to be used on virtually any flat outdoor surface like a picnic table.
It's designed so that the heat stays inside the grill, keeping your cook area safe from burning underneath.
The entire unit is made of durable stainless steel and is plenty safe for charcoal cooking at temperatures over 750F.
You can use virtually any kind of charcoal including briquettes, binchotan, extruded logs, and even hardwood lump charcoal just like you do in a Kamado.
With the ability to cook at those types of temperatures, I've made everything from burgers and brats to short ribs and of course kebabs on the Yak Grill.
Yak Grills could be the future of backyard entertaining
When I think about entertaining with a Yak Grill, I envision inviting over people with various dietary preferences. As a host, it's difficult to cater to challenging appetites. Even though the pescetarian, paleo, and vegan may have piled into the Prius to come to your party, you shouldn't have to micro-manage their food choices.
With this style of entertaining, your guests determine what they want to eat and control the doneness. As a host, you make the foods available and the guests do all the cooking.