Easy and Delicious Filipino Pork Barbecue Recipe

This Filipino Pork Barbecue recipe mixes a delectable marinade with a perfect shake of seasonings and spices to create one of the most popular Filipino dishes that I know of. This Filipino pork bbq recipe will have your mouth watering and leave your fingers messy.

At our family gatherings, there is simply no dish that is the subject of more sneaking, stealing, overpiling, and hoarding than Filipino pork bbq. These scrumptious skewers are one of the classic Filipino recipes that can be found at nearly every family gathering.

This Filipino pork barbecue recipe has been shared with me by my wife’s family, and honestly, it beats any Filipino bbq that you can buy at restaurants.

What Is Filipino Pork BBQ?

Filipino pork barbecue is a popular dish in the Philippines and is loved by Filipinos around the world. The dish is made from thinly sliced pork pieces (although you can also make Filipino chicken bbq and Filipino beef bbq) that are marinated in a mixture of seasonings and spices.

The pork is then threaded with thin bamboo skewers and grilled, usually over wood charcoal. Sometimes it’s coated with a thin Filipino bbq sauce; other times, it’s dipped in a tall jar of seasoned vinegar before being enjoyed.

Market selling Filipino pork bbq in El Nido, Philippines
Food market in El Nido, Philippines

Easy and Delicious Filipino Pork Barbecue recipe

Filipino-style pork bbq is a relatively simple dish. It involves combining the marinade ingredients, blending the mixture, marinating the pork, skewering the meat, and cooking it just right.

What You’ll Need To Make This Recipe

For this Filipino bbq recipe you’ll need the following tools:

  • An immersion blender (I recommend this one)
  • A large mixing bowl
  • Bamboo skewers (I like these since the wide ends help keep your fingers clean)
  • A grill, personally, I find these taste best over a charcoal grill like this one. However, any bbq will work, or even a good quality grill pan can do in a pinch.
  • Cling wrap

How Long Does Filipino BBQ Take To Make?

Cooking Filipino pork bbq doesn’t take that long. You’ll need to allocate about 30 minutes to actual cooking. The real-time stretch comes in the marinating. I recommend a minimum of three hours of marinating time to let the flavor soak in. But if you aren’t in a hurry, marinating for 8-12 hours is ideal.

Filipino pork barbecue recipe

Filipino Pork Barbecue Recipe

Yield: 10 Servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 50 minutes

This Filipino pork bbq recipe brings back my favorite memories from the Philippines. It's a classic dish that you'll find at backyard family get-togethers as well as being sold by the many street food vendors in places such as El Nido, Cebu, and Coron. Among Filipinos, it seems that everyone has their own secret barbecue pork recipe.

This Filipino pork bbq recipe takes a sweet and tangy approach with loads of garlic, soy sauce, and a twist of 7-UP. The 7-Up is a Filipino way to get that classic tenderness and sweet flavor.

In my opinion, the best Filipino pork barbeque recipes have a lightly sticky sauce and are cooked over a charcoal fire with just a little charring for that street-food feel.

The sugar from the sauce and 7-UP help the sauce to caramelize. You'll find that the fatty and flavorful pork meat remains soft, tender, and juicy even after a slow cook on the grill.

Filipino pork barbeque is mouthwatering as a stand-alone dish. Or you can pair it with sinigang, pancit, or just about anything to be honest.

Filipino barbeque is probably my single favorite dish from the Philippines.

Ingredients

  • 1.2 lbs pork butt. Slice to 1-inch wide and 1/4-inch thick
  • 1/2 cup 7-UP (can be substituted for additional calamansi or lime juice)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup calamansi or lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp black pepper
  • 6 cloves garlic. Minced
  • 1/2 cup banana ketchup

Instructions

  1. Rinse pork strips and pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Combine 7-UP, soy sauce, vinegar, 1/2 cup of calamansi (or lemon juice), brown sugar, garlic, and pepper in a large bowl.
  3. Using an immersion blender, blend the marinade ingredients together.
  4. Add pork to the marinade and massage the meat to fully incorporate the flavor. Marinate, turning once or twice for a minimum of 3-hours, but ideally 8-12 hours. Store in the refrigerator between turning.
  5. Remove meat from marinade and skewer each piece of pork lengthwise.
  6. In a small bowl, combine the remaining juice, banana ketchup, and sesame oil. Mix and set aside.
  7. Grill meat on the bbq or grill pan until it begins to brown. (approx. 2-3 minutes per side).
  8. Baste the meat with the sauce mixture.
  9. Remove from heat and serve hot.
Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 1 Filipino bbq skewer
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 175Total Fat: 5gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 912mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 17gProtein: 12g

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