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How Balinese Define BBQ? – Bali Unique BBQ.

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December 22, 2022
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There are few things as summery as barbeque. As the weather warms, the grass is high and smells sweet, and the long days beg us to remain outdoors as much as possible. This means bringing our cooking outdoors with us. The easiest way to do so is also man’s most primal. Make a fire. Suspend food above the fire. Consume. It doesn’t get any more Old School than that.

But “barbeque” can have multiple meanings around the world. In Bali, if it is used as a verb, it usually refers to cooking on a gas or coal-fired grill with traditional equipment on it (Try imagining our Babi Guling). But if it’s a noun, as in “I’m going to eat some barbeque,” it almost always describes a very specific, very Balinese type of cooking: slowly smoked meat, suspended off-set from the heat source, enriched by the smoke from wood chips infusing and softening it for as much as 18 hours and of course traditional Balinese spices, that called Base Genep is involved!

Base Genep

Balinese cuisine, predominantly using through our ‘complete spices’ which we call base genep. Some ingredients used in base genep are Indonesian bay leaves, lemongrass, galangal, ginger, red chillies, shallots, garlic, candlenuts, kaffir lime, turmeric, long Javanese pepper, sand ginger, cumin, pepper, coriander, cloves, and nutmeg. While tubers such as sand ginger, turmeric, and galangal grow in Bali, spices such as cumin, pepper, coriander, cloves, and nutmeg are not indigenous to Bali and it is thought that these ingredients became known to the Balinese through the early spice trading.

Babi Guling

One of the most famous cultural dishes known in Bali is babi guling (spit roast pig). The pig is stuffed with base genep and slow-roasted on an open fire until the skin is crispy and the meat succulent. Babi guling is usually carved into thin slices with the aromatic base genep giving a comprehensive earthy note balanced with the salty and savoury flavours of the pork. Bali guling was originally made as a ceremonial offering to the Balinese Hindu gods, with the pig served whole to represent perfection and abundant grace to the gods.

Pork Ribs in Balinese Sauce

Derived by our love of Balinese Spices and long tradition of BBQ lifestyle, we are presenting you our pride, Balinese Sauce Pork Ribs BBQ in Warung Pondok Madu. It is summarized as smoked pork ribs served with Balinese coconut sauce. For us, this mouth-watering meal is grand enough to have in every ocassion.