Summer is nearly upon us, which means it’s almost barbecue time! If you’re not already familiar with the gloriousness that is Filipino pork barbecue, then let us enlighten you a bit. There are several kinds of Pinoy pork barbecue dishes; two of the most popular include grilled pork BBQ skewers and grilled pork belly. Both are marinated—often overnight—then barbecued on a gas or charcoal grill and served with a vinegar sauce.
Here are two popular dishes to try (or to try again…and again).
Grilled pork barbecue skewers
Grilled pork BBQ skewers are Filipino-style kabobs made with pork (or sometimes chicken) which is marinated overnight in a mixture of soy sauce, calamansi juice (lemon juice), ketchup (banana or tomato), salt, ground black pepper, brown sugar, chopped garlic, and more. The next day, the meat is char-grilled on bamboo skewers and often served with a vinegar dip.
This classic dish is a common street food in the Philippines and a staple at Filipino parties. As street food, it’s often served as pulutan, or an appetizer served with beer, or as an entrée served with other sides. These sides often include isaw ng baboy (grilled pig’s intestine), isaw ng manok (grilled chicken intestine), betamax (grilled chicken blood), and other similar foods.
This Filipino barbecue dish is a delicious combination of sweet, savory, and spicy.
Here is one recipe for grilled pork barbecue skewers, courtesy of Panlasang Pinoy:
Prep time: 60 minutes
Cook time: 12 minutes
Grilled pork belly
Another popular Filipino barbecue dish is inihaw na liempo, or grilled pork belly. It’s simple, yet packed with flavor. Like much of Filipino cuisine, this dish relies heavily on vinegar. Inihaw na liempo is marinated in a mixture of vinegar, sugar, Sprite or 7-Up, garlic, salt, pepper, and more, then grilled and served with a soy-vinegar (toyo’t suka) or garlic-vinegar (bawang at suka) sauce.
Here is a recipe for grilled pork belly from Filipino Style Recipe:
Prep time: 5-10 minutes (plus marinating time)
Cook time: 20-30 minutes
Hungry now? Get thee to FilStop—either in person or online—and pick up some authentic ingredients to make your own grilled pork barbecue skewers or grilled pork belly! Enjoy!