How to Make It
Preheat grill to high heat.
Snap off tough ends of asparagus. Line up 4 asparagus spears, touching each other, on a flat surface. Thread 2 (3-inch) skewers or wooden picks horizontally through spears 1 to 1 1/2 inches from each end to form a raft. Repeat procedure with remaining asparagus spears.
Combine soy sauce, oil, and garlic, stirring with a whisk; brush evenly over rafts. Place rafts on grill rack coated with cooking spray. Grill 3 minutes on each side or until crisp-tender. Sprinkle evenly with sesame seeds, pepper, and salt.
Young Chefs can:
Count out and line up 4 asparagus spears
Sprinkle grilled rafts with sesame seeds
Older Chefs can:
Carefully thread asparagus onto skewers
Brush rafts with soy sauce mixture before grilling
Recipes adapted from Steven Raichlen's books How to Grill (Workman, 2001) and BBQ USA (Workman, 2003)