Pork-wrapped Rice Balls: A Favorite with Kids!

Pork-wrapped Rice Balls: A Favorite with Kids!

My children love these! They're the star of our BBQs!


Pork belly slices or pork loin slices (sold in Japan for shabu-shabu hot pots)
2 slices of pork per riceball
as desired
Yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) sauce
as needed
Salt and pepper
to taste
a pinch


1. Pour the yakiniku sauce into the rice. Sprinkle on a pinch of katakuriko, and prepare small barrel-shaped rice balls.
2. Wrap the pork slice around the barrel-shaped rice balls. Tidy the shape of your rice balls from on top of the wrapped pork. Wrap with plastic cling film and let rest in the refrigerator to let the flavors settle in before you cook them.
3. Grill. Once they've started to cook through, you can layer on some yakiniku sauce if you like stronger flavors. If you'd prefer more refreshing flavors, go for salt and pepper.

Story Behind this Recipe

We wrapped our rice balls in pork slices because we got tired of eating them just seasoned and grilled at barbecues.