A few weeks ago, I received an amazing package in the mail; a gift basket filled with little things to pamper myself. A few nail polishes here, some bath salts there. And the star of the show? VH Sauces Korean Barbecue Sauce.
What the Hell?
After locating a sweet card from the PR company, I quickly uncovered the pitch: Since VH Sauces creates quick and delicious meals, I’ll have a plethora of time to enjoy refurbishing myself! (Fingers crossed.)
Now in an effort of full disclosure, here’s what I did:
1. Swatched the nail polishes and looked through the goodies.
2. Called the PR company to say thank you for the thoughtful press drop.
3. Explained that there was no way I’d EVER think that VH Sauces Korean Barbecue Sauce could come close to the Korean BBQ sauce I make from scratch, so thanks but no thanks.
However, since I always like to keep an open mind, I promised that I would try the marinade… but to expect brutal honestly in my ensuing review. You all know I’m a huge fan of VH products… but could their tangy sauce have me licking my fingers to savour every last bit of flavour? Game on.
Or so I thought. The marinade sat in my pantry for weeks. And every time I thought to give it a try, I had an excuse ready: my husband wasn’t close to the Korean market to pick up the short ribs; I already had something else defrosting in the fridge; we were trying to do something vegetarian for that night’s dinner. Soon, I realized that I just wasn’t ready to give bottled short ribs a try.
(Hey, it’s like asking an Italian chef to substitute with Ragu, okay?)
But then I realized that I didn’t have to be limited to short ribs! VH Sauces are versatile, yummy, and with so many Asian-inspired meal ideas, why not think outside the bottle? My mom had invited us over for BBQ hamburgers that evening, so I quickly called her up and persuaded her to let me take care of the prep work.
And in less than 15 minutes from start to finish? Juicy, succulent and tangy beef burgers with hints of ginger, soy and sesame. Absolutely delicious and a must try!
Step by Step:
There’s really no recipe per se, and since I didn’t measure a thing you’ll just have to eyeball it with me. Grab the highest quality of lean ground beef, place a bottle of VH Sauces Korean Barbecue Sauce beside it, and take a picture. (Obviously, the photo is optional.)
Season with salt and pepper, add a handful of breadcrumbs, one egg, and a generous splash of VH Sauce. If the meat mixture is too wet, add a few more breadcrumbs. If it’s too dry, splash it with some more sauce. Form the meat mixture into patties and throw them on the grill until cooked through.
Wait indoors, checking your e-mail and tweeting (again, optional) while your resident BBQ grill master flips the burgers outside. Grumble about having to assemble the condiments as you did all the prep work for the burgers (all of 5 minutes!). Tell the kids if they don’t stop running in Grandma’s house, you’ll lock them in the car and enjoy dinner without them.
Fast forward 10 minutes et voila! Perfectly grilled Korean Barbecue Beef Burgers that melt in your mouth and take your tastebuds on a trip around the world. Serve with toaster oven fries and ice cream for dessert :)
Thanks VH Sauces for allowing me to embrace my inner “short ribs snob” and be inspired to try something completely new and delicious. Just another reason I love the versatility and fun factor of your products!