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Filipino-style Pork Barbecue

Filipino Pork barbecue is made by marinating pork square cut pieces with soy sauce, calamansi juice, ketchup, minced garlic, sugar and seasoned with black pepper, chopped red chillies and lemon soda, and barbequeing on bamboo skewers. A basting sauce made with soy sauce, ketchup, sugar and oil.It is a common item in small backyard party and this barbecue recipe is best tailored for the Filipino taste

Filipino Pork barbecue


Whether for fiestas or for personal consumption, Filipino pork barbecue style will never let you down. Barbecues are a usual food during celebrations, and the ones almost always second to be fullly consumed after lumpia. I can still remember my childhood days where my lolo teaches  me how to skewer the meat slowly and precisely. I wasn’t really good with skewering but my lolo patiently taught me.

If the barbecue you are going to make is for a celebration, the bbq homemade marinade revealed in this article is the best one to prepare. Do not worry as the ingredients are always readily available at the sari sari store. If the barbecue you are going to make is for personal consumption, I highly encourage you to try different types of bbq marinade. Yum!

What I really look forward to when I make some pork barbecue is the grilling time! I have an electronic griller at home but I always prefer to grill the bbq using the traditional way. You don’t really cook barbecue everyday so why not get the full experience with the charcoal grill.

If you want a step by step guide on how to prepare some pork barbecue tailored to the Filipino faves, follow the simple steps below!

Pork barbecue


 Aside from the challenge in grilling, preparations for the pork barbecue is actually a piece of cake.

Marinating the meat is very essential in dishes like this. Since the pork will not be boiled or braised, it is important that all the flavors and the seasoning can sip in through the meat through the marinating process.

For the marinade, this recipe is adjusted to the Filipino palate of having a sweet and salty umami taste. This would include seasonings like soy sauce, calamansi juice, ketchup, sugar, chilies and pepper. Also, included in the marinade is some lemon soda. Aside from the fruity sweetness it adds, it can also help in tenderizing the meat.

After marinating, it is now time to put them into sticks. Since the barbecue will be grilled for later, it has been a longstanding problem that the sticks are burned way before the barbecue are cooked. With this, I have a life hack for you. Soak the sticks in water (15-30 minutes will do) before you use them as skewers. The water will sip in the sticks, making them tougher to endure the heat.

Pork barbecue

Although there is no written rule about skewing barbecue, I usually do the usual pattern Filipinos do with their barbecue. Almost all meat in the stick is lean, and then there’s a mini part of fat at the last part of the stick. If you want to skip all the skewing processes, you can actually use this recipe to marinate other meat cuts like liempo or belly, in which you can put the whole thing on top of the grill.

When the barbecue are all ready, here comes the best part: grilling!! Although some people hate this cooking method, I really enjoy it. But before we start lighting up the charcoal, do not forget to make some basting sauce. This sauce is almost similar to the ingredients used in the marinade, but with the addition of cooking oil. The oil would help in further cooking the meat later when grilled.

Whether with a traditional griller or an electric griller, this Filipino style pork barbecue will surely capture your heart. I have tried using both, and both have their own advantages and disadvantages. But if you want to have the full experience, go with the traditional one. Although you’ll end up with the same aroma as the barbecue, at least you smell yummy too. HAHAHA. Have fun grilling!

Filipino-style Pork Barbecue

Course: Pork Recipes




  • 1 kilo pork kasim (cut into medium squares)

  • 6 cloves garlic (minced)

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce

  • 1/2 cup banana ketchup

  • 1/3 cup calamansi juice

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1/2 cup sprite (or any lemon soda)

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • Red chilies (optional)


  • In a large bowl, combine the soy sauce, calamansi juice, ketchup, minced garlic, sugar, black pepper, chopped red chillies and lemon soda. Mix until well combined.
  • Add the pork kasim cuts and massage them with the marinade. Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and let it marinate for at least 4 hours or better if refrigerated overnight.
  • Grab your bamboo sticks and soak them in water.
  • Gently skewer the marinated meat in the bamboo sticks. Do this will all the meat cuts.
  • For the basting sauce, combine the ketchup, soy sauce, sugar and cooking oil in a bowl. Mix until well combined.
  • Prepare your grilling station and fire up the charcoal. Grill the pork barbecue around a minute then flip it. Start brushing them with the basting sauce. Flip occasionally and brush with the sauce to cook them evenly. When the crust are brown and the meat is smokey, then the barbecue is ready.
  • Serve the barbecue with your favorite vinegar dip. Make papak or serve it with garlic fried rice and atsara. Enjoy!

Recipe in Tagalog

Mga Sangkap:

  • 1 kilo pork kasim (hiniwa ng squares)
  • 6 butil ng bawang (hiniwa ng maliliit)
  • 1/2 tasa ng toyo
  • 1/2 tasa ng banana ketchup
  • 1/3 tasa ng calamansi juice
  • 2 kutsara ng asukal
  • 1/2 tasa ng sprite (o kahit anong lemon soda)
  • 1 kutsarita ng paminta
  • siling labuyo (optional)

Paano Gawin:

  1. Paghaluin ang toyo, calamansi juice, ketchup, bawang, asukal, paminta, siling labuyo at sprite sa isang malaking bowl.
  2. Ilagay sa bowl ang baboy at imassage ang marinade. Takpan ng plastic wrap ang bowl at imarinate ito ng 4 hours o overnight.
  3. Ibabad sa tubig ang barbecue sticks.
  4. Dahan dahang itusok sa barbecue sticks ang marinated na baboy. Gawin ito sa lahat ng piraso.
  5. Para sa basting sauce, paghaluin ang ketchup, toyo, asukal at mantika sa isang bowl. Haluin ng mabuti.
  6. Ihanda ang ihawan at pasilabin na ang uling. Ihawin ang mga barbecue ng 1 minuto bago baliktarin. Ibrush ang mga ito ng basting sauce. Baliktarin ang mga ito maya’t maya at ibrush ng basting sauce. Kapag medyo brown at nasusunog sunog na ang mga gilid, ready na ang mga ito.
  7. Ihain ang barbecue kasama ang manamis namis na suka. Papakin o iulam ito sa fried rice na may atsara. Enjoy!
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