Spam maybe one of the most maligned meats on Earth. You either like it, maybe even love it or you just don’t like it, maybe even hate it.
In Hawaii it seems Spam is so popular it’s known as “The Hawaiian Steak.” One of the results of this love of Spam is a delicacy known as Spam Musubi.
Readers of this blog will know that I enjoy Asian flavor, they will also know that I Spam. So a dish that incorporates Asian flavors and Spam would right up my alley. There’s just something about the saltiness of the Spam combined with a nice teriyaki glaze/dipping sauce that when combined with the rice and nori makes for a dish that just tickles my taste buds.
I mean, really, what could possibly be better than Spam Sushi? Especially if you’ve smoked the Spam and then grilled it to a nice carmelized piece of processed meat perfection. I recently had the chance to make up some Spam Musubi for my daughter who was visiting.
The Spam slices went on the Traeger the night before, just because of time constraints the next day when we were making the Musubi. Since I was planning to grill them the next day, and I didn’t want them to dry out on the grill, I smoked the slices at a low temp so all the fat wouldn’t render out.
The next day I fired up the RED gas grill with ManGrates and seared some nice grill marks in the Spam slices. The grill marks were just an added little touch that doesn’t matter much since everything is covered in rice and nori anyway. I lightly glazed the Spam slices with Aloha – Barbecue Sauce. This gave the Spam some sweetness to match the saltiness. It was a great combination.
Once the Spam grilled we assembled the tasty treats using a Spam Musubi Sushi Rice Press . I know it’s cheating in some circles but hey I’m not a sushi chef and wanted the end result to be as good as it could be. And they were.
If you’re going to try making Spam Musubi use a good quality sushi grade rice to make your sushi rice. Here’s a simple sushi rice recipe, from Alton Brown, to follow the first time. Then assemble you musubi. Although most spam musubi is done with a thick portion of rice and covered with thin slices of spam and nori I prefer musubi done like the picture above. A thinner layer of rice, a Spam slice, and then another thin layer of rice. And then the whole thing is covered in nori. (Use a couple grains of your sticky sushi rice to secure your nori.)
E `ai ka-ua