Suya in our part of the world is made over open fire which gives it a smoky taste, when I shared the suya recipe yesterday I left out this part because I didnt want the post to be too long and become a bit tedious and complicated. If you go ahead and make the suya as is, you will certainly have delicious tasting suya. I decided to take it to another level by adding that smoky taste externally as pan frying it wasn’t going to do it for me.
It’s a very easy process, professionals use clarified butter for this, as a baby chef I jejely used my regular butter. This smoking effect is done after the beef has been skewered.
What you need to give your suya that smoky taste the Mai Suya’s own has;
A chunk of charcoal
Teaspoon of butter
Place the charcoal on a lit small gas burner and let it stay till some of it turns amber.
While the coal is getting hot, make a small bowl with foil, set aside. Make a lid for the plastic bowl using foil, keep it nearby.
Once the coal is red in some areas, quickly drop it into the small foil bowl, drop the butter on the hot coal which will start smoking immediately, drop the foil bowl into the large plastic bowl, place the suya sticks around the smoking coal and cover quickly with the foil lid.
Let the smoking coal do its job by adding rich smoky flavour to the beef for at least 1 hour.
Go ahead and grill afterwards. I used my oven top grill for some of the suya sticks and the grill pan for some.
It’s important that soaked kebab sticks are used when open fire grilling otherwise the sticks will burn.
I preferred the pan grilled ones because they had a perfect sear ( slightly crisp/burnt outer flesh), the pan grilled ones were also tender and cooked faster whereas the oven grilled ones took longer to cook and were a little tough.
Use whatever method that works for you!
Azu 🙂 .