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Two Classic Filipino Pork Barbecue Dishes

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

Serves: 6


  • 2 lbs pork, sliced
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • Lemon juice from 1 piece lemon
  • ½ cup banana ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 8 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped


  1. Combine pork, soy sauce, lemon juice, ketchup, salt, ground black pepper, brown sugar, and chopped garlic in a mixing bowl then mix the ingredients well. Make sure that all ingredients are properly distributed; using your hands in mixing the ingredients is recommended.
  2. Marinate the pork in the mixture overnight. Make sure to refrigerate the marinade to avoid contamination. If in case you are so eager to grill right away, allow at least 3 hours for the meat to absorb the flavors.
  3. Skewer the sliced pork using a bamboo skewer (this is also the same as the barbecue stick that we know).
  4. Grill the pork until both sides are done. Use the leftover marinade as basting sauce. Try adding a few tablespoons of soy sauce, ketchup, and a tablespoon of cooking oil to create the perfect basting sauce.
  5. Serve with spicy vinegar. Share and enjoy!


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

Serves: 4-5


  • 1 kilo pork belly, 1-in. thick
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil


  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 cup calamansi or lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon grind black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar


Part 1

  1. In a bowl, combine marinade ingredients then marinate pork belly for at least 3 hour or in a fridge overnight.

Part 2

  1. Remove the pork belly and then reserve the marinade.
  2. Combine ketchup and oil in marinade then mix well for basting.
  3. Grill marinated pork belly over hot charcoal for 10 minutes each side or until tender while basting with marinade mixture.
  4. Transfer serving plate and serve with steamed rice and spicy tuyo-mansi.


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!


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