Last updated on July 23rd, 2020
Choosing a Grill for Our Korean BBQ at Home
Considering the pandemic we cannot seem to escape here in America, the normal celebrations that come with the 4th of July had to be altered. Mora & I thought to ourselves, “Why not just buy a Korean BBQ grill and have a great time in the comfort of our own home?”
So, that’s what we did. Mora & I have wanted to buy a Korean BBQ grill for years, and I’m honestly not sure what took us so long.
Our first choice when browsing through options was the electric grill famous YouTuber, Mike Chen, uses when he grills at home; he calls it “Big Bertha.”
You can imagine my disappointment when I searched for it, only to find that stock was currently unavailable. So, our quest continued, and after awhile, we came across the Maxi-Matic Indoor Electric Nonstick Grill Adjustable Thermostat, Dishwasher Safe, Faster Heat Up, Low-Fat Meals, Easy To Clean Design, Includes Glass Lid, 14″ Round.
No Big Bertha? No problem. Say hello to Big Betty, who accompanied us for our Korean BBQ at home feast!
Shopping Trip – Kim Bros Korean Market
Now that we had chosen a Korean BBQ grill, it was time to buy all of the different types of meat. We decided to make a shopping trip to Kim Brothers Korean Market in Tampa (yes, we had masks on). You can find so many awesome Korean foods here including ttoekbokki (soft Korean rice cakes in a spicy sauce), fish cakes, dumplings, instant noodles, and a whole host of other goodies.
However, on this day, we were there for the thinly sliced beef brisket, LA Galbi (Korean BBQ short ribs on the bone), thinly sliced ribeye, lettuce for Korean BBQ wraps, banchan (side dishes), and Korean beer & soju.
After arriving back home with all of our groceries and stowing them away for the coming weekend, we decided to expand our menu; we would now be grilling on both days of the weekend. So, we ordered the following via delivery from Whole Foods: 2 large ribeye steaks, 2 chicken breasts, 4 ears of corn, 4 hamburgers, and a pack of 8 Nathan’s all-beef, bun-length hot dogs.
Day 1 would be for the traditional Korean BBQ, and day 2 would be a good, old-fashioned American cookout, all from the comfort of our balcony at our home. With the grill being electric, we didn’t need to worry about the hazards that come from gas & charcoal grills.
Day 1 – Korean BBQ
Saturday, July 4th is here, yet it feels quite strange considering the circumstances surrounding America in 2020. Nevertheless, we must make the best of a bad situation; few things in life improve our moods quicker than juicy, delicious Korean BBQ.
Mora & I completed the setup quite nicely; along with our comfortable balcony furniture, we brought a swivel, stand-up fan outside for added comfort. We sat the Beats Pill speaker, the grill, utensils, food, drinks, seasonings, and condiments around the glass table.
We could not have asked for more beautiful weather, and Domino seemed to really enjoy himself in his cat tree. To get us started, we had some celebratory soju bombs; for those of you who do not know this glorious concoction, it’s a mixture of regular soju & beer. For the remainder of the meal, we enjoyed a combination of soju bombs, Jinro grapefruit soju, and Korean beer.
The cooking got kick-started with a favorite of ours: thinly sliced beef brisket; this stuff is mouth-wateringly delicious. I typically just use salt & pepper with this type of barbecued meat, but sesame oil is also good with it. You just need to try for yourself to see what you prefer!
We didn’t have as many side dishes as you would normally see at your favorite Korean BBQ restaurant due to the table size; however, we did have rice, kimchi, and fish cakes to go with our meal. Side note: it is probably sacrilegious of me to say, but kimchi isn’t really my cup of tea; although, I have had spicy fried dumplings in Taiwan with it, and those were phenomenal.
Back to the BBQ, we incorporated the tried-and-true Korean tradition of lettuce wraps; these are so refreshing, and the lettuce acts as a nice wrapper for all of beef juice. Feel free to dress it up however you like with any side dishes, seasonings, or condiments. For example, perhaps you might enjoy some kimchi, onions, and bean sprouts in your wrap.
Next, we went with the expensive LA Galbi; these bone-in Korean short ribs are a staple for any Korean BBQ.
Lastly, for the main event, we enjoyed some thick, juicy ribeye steaks, which put us over the edge into a food coma. What a way to wrap up day 1.
Day 2 – American Cookout
Moving on to day number 2, Mora & I (along with Domino) started it off once again with some refreshing soju bombs while enjoying the beautiful weather from our balcony. In contrast to day 1, this day was all about having an old-fashioned American cook. However, we still utilized the Korean BBQ grill, which once again did not disappoint!
First of all, the menu for the day consisted of some simple American classics: hamburgers, Nathan’s hot dogs, and fresh corn. After the spread we had the day before, this was more than enough for the two of us.
Because we assumed this grill was designed solely for Korean BBQ, we weren’t sure how a typical American spread would turn out. We were blown away at how well-cooked the food was; as a result, it’s clear you can use this grill for just about anything!
Review: Korean BBQ Grill
As you can see, we had such a great weekend just enjoying each other’s company and enjoying some great food outside at home. The quality of this grill for the value is next to impossible to beat. In other words, we are both very happy with this product and can’t understand why we waited so long to buy it.
In conclusion, if you would like to replicate our results or even take it a step further, I highly encourage you to purchase the Maxi-Matic Indoor Electric Nonstick Grill . You will not regret it.
How did all of you celebrate the 4th of July this year? We would love to hear all of your stories as well as how you adjusted to the circumstances.
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