Passion for Pork

Recipe: Diva Q’s Asian Inspired Sesame Pork Loin Skewers

Sharman - Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Diva QWell, I survived the first annual Porkapalooza at Hawrelak Park this past weekend. The  two-day event was packed with live musical entertainment, intense BBQ competition, a lively beer gardens, a kid zone, and local food truck vendors feeding the masses. .

Over on the food stage, I had the pleasure of helping out both Diva Q and Brian of House of Q for their cooking demos. I promised recipes would be posted this week and now it is time to deliver.

Danielle Bennett Dimovski, A.K.A. Diva Q, is the host of the hit TV show BBQ Crawl. She is one of Canada’s highest ranked competitive BBQ’ers on the The Kansas City Barbecue Society team listing; this woman eats, drinks, and breathes the unique culture,  history, and taste of BBQ. She also happens to be one of the most down-to-earth and inspirational women I have ever met. She is truly a Canadian gem and it was an honour for for Alberta Pork to host her this weekend.

Danielle is a busy mom and told our crowds repeatedly that she likes to make real food for real people. This simple recipe can be prepped the night before and cooked up on the grill or BBQ in minutes. All ingredients can be found in your local grocery store – be sure to look for locally-sourced Alberta pork for a high-quality and tasty product.


Danielle Dimovski of Diva Q
Danielle Dimovski of Diva Q

Asian Inspired Sesame Pork Loin Skewers
Recipe courtesy of Diva Q, Danielle Bennett Dimovski

Prep Time: 15 minutes + overnight
Cook Time:  5-6 minutes total
Servings: 40 appetizers


2 lb Pork Loin roast – cut into ¼ inch thick strips 3 inches in length
Wooden Skewers – soaked in water


¾ cup lite soy sauce
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup rice wine vinegar
½ cup hoisin sauce
½ cup water
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon granulated onion

Optional Garnish

2 teaspoons sesame seeds
2 green onions chopped


In a medium size bowl whisk all of the marinade ingredients together. Reserve half cup of marinade and set aside. Place pork strips into a re-sealable plastic bag. Pour marinade over pork. Squeeze out extra air from bag and rotate bag coating pork completely. Turn over every few hours. Place in fridge overnight.

Preheat your grill to medium high heat.

Remove pork from bag discarding marinade. Thread pork on skewers. Grill skewers for 2-3 minutes per side turning them often. Pile high on a platter and serve garnished with sesame seeds & green onions and drizzled with remaining marinade.

This marinade can be used for pork chops and whole pork roasts.

Pork Loin Skewers