Ethnic Barbecue

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KOREAN 

Thinly sliced marinated meats are cooked over a gas or charcoal grill (sometimes built into the diner’s table). Popular dishes include bulgogi (sliced marinated beef sirloin or tenderloin) and galbi (marinated beef short ribs). 

• Tako Korean BBQ, 3030 T St.

• Oz Korean BBQ, 3343 Bradshaw Road

CHINESE

For traditional Chinese barbecued pork (char siu), boneless pork is seasoned with honey, five-spice powder and other spices, then cooked over indirect heat. It’s often served with rice or noodles or tucked inside a bun (bao).

• New Canton Restaurant, 2523 Broadway

• Harry’s Cafe, 2026 16th St.

MEXICAN

To make traditional barbacoa, meat such as beef, pork or goat is steamed until tender, then shredded and served with rice, beans, guacamole and tortillas.

• Lalo’s Restaurant, 5063 24th St.

• Midtown Taqueria, 3754 J St.

MONGOLIAN

Diners select sliced raw meats and vegetables and hand them to a griddle operator, who adds sauce and cooks the ingredients on a large, round iron griddle. Despite the name, it’s neither barbecue nor from Mongolia: This stir-fry originated in Taipei in the 1950s. 

• Great Wall Bar-B-Q, 1537 Howe Ave.

• Golden Bowls Mongolian BBQ, 9529 Folsom Blvd.

CARIBBEAN

Meat or fish is rubbed with a hot jerk spice mixture that includes allspice and Scotch bonnet peppers, then smoked over pecan wood. 

• Caribbean Breeze Cuisine, 5015 Stockton Blvd.

HAWAIIAN

Yes, we know Hawaii is a state. Still, Hawaiian barbecue is an exotic species all its own. Based on the traditional Hawaiian plate lunch, it features meat, two servings of rice and one serving of macaroni salad.

• L&L Hawaiian Barbecue, multiple locations

• Hula Hawaiian Barbecue, multiple locations