Standing on the corner, cradling a freshly-made, spicy, Korean BBQ-style sausage in one hand—we knew instantly we’d have to find a way to spread those flavors around. One bite sealed the deal. Taking our ‘Q from Korean street food, we’re excited to present Trader Joe’s Spicy Chicken Sausage (Kalbi BBQ Recipe).
Barbeque is an excellent place to begin for those unfamiliar with Korean cuisine. This is especially true for Americans. After all, what’s more American than barbeque? Of course, “barbeque” is a broad term that includes a wide-range of flavor profiles from culture to culture. While American Barbeque typically involves tomato paste-based marinades with sweet molasses and tangy vinegar, Korean marinades are soy sauce-based, emphasizing salty, garlic-y, and spicy-hot flavors. More specifically, Kalbi (or Galbi) is a style of Korean barbeque marinated in fermented soy sauce powder, garlic, sesame, and Gochujang. (Gochujang—as ubiquitous in Korean kitchens as Kimchi—is a pungent and savory hot pepper paste made from red chilis, sticky rice, fermented soybeans, and salt.) This mix of fantastically compelling flavors is usually enjoyed on beef or pork ribs (Kalbi literally means “rib”). Of course, we applied it to Chicken Sausages. Always innovating!
Instead of roaming the streets, why not drop in to your neighborhood TJ’s where a 12-ounce package of four, fully-cooked, Spicy Chicken Sausages is a mild $3.99. Enjoy them chargrilled on toasted Trader Joe’s Honey Wheat Hot Dog Buns with some TJ’s Garlic Mustard Aioli. Daebak!
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