Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible


Wood-Grilled Asparagus

Adapted from Steven Raichlen's How to Grill


  • Yield: Serves 2 to 3 as a side dish; multiply as desired
  • Method: Direct grilling over a wood fire
  • Equipment: Grill: Kalamazoo Gaucho; Fuel: Oak
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  • 1 pound asparagus (the stalks shouldn’t be too thin)
  • 2 tablespoons Asian (dark) sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Coarse salt (kosher or sea) and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Step 1: Set up the grill for direct grilling and preheat to high.

Step 2: Snap off the woody bases of the asparagus and discard. Skewer 4 or 5 asparagus spears together (raft-like), using toothpicks or bamboo skewers.

Step 3: In a small bowl, combine the sesame oil, soy sauce, and garlic and stir with a fork to mix. Brush this mixture on the asparagus rafts on both sides. Season the asparagus with a little salt and lots of pepper.

Step 4: When ready to cook, place the asparagus rafts on the hot grill grate and grill until nicely browned on both sides, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Sprinkle the asparagus rafts with the sesame seeds as they grill. You can serve the asparagus as rafts or unskewer them before serving.

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