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Filipino Pork Barbecue Skewers

The Filipino Pork Barbecue skewers are one of the best and most popular native street food dishes in the Philippines. Typically made of pork shoulder/tenderloin and Filipino barbecue marinade with clear soda and banana ketchup. Serve with barbecue sauce, spiced vinegar, or atchara along with the rice.

Filipino Pork Barbecue SkewersThis Filipino Pork Barbecue Skewer recipe my mom used to make and sell. It was one of her bestsellers with her delicious homemade barbecue sauce made with pineapple juice, tomato sauce, banana ketchup, soy sauce, brown sugar, ground black pepper, garlic, and onion.

The pork is marinated for at least 24 to 48 hours in a Filipino barbecue marinade made of soy sauce, lemon juice or calamansi juice, clear soda, brown sugar, ground black pepper, garlic, and onion.

Filipino pork barbecue skewers on banana leaves
Barbecue pork shoulder and barbecue pork tenderloin skewers without barbecue sauce.

How to make Filipino Pork Barbecue Skewers

How to make Filipino Pork Barbecue Skewers
Make the barbecue marinade. Mix all the barbecue marinade in a bowl. Stir until the brown sugar is dissolved or microwave for a few seconds and let it cool before soaking the meat. Save some for basting if you like before pouring the marinade into the meat.

Place the sliced pork in the container and pour the barbecue marinade. Make sure the pork is covered with the barbecue marinade. Cover and place in the refrigerator.

Marinate for at least 4 hours. For the best flavour, more juicy and tender meat, marinate overnight or for 48 hours maximum.

How to make Homemade Filipino Barbecue Sauce? Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan until well blended. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes or until thickened.

Soak the bamboo skewers for at least 30 minutes to avoid burning on the grill and catching fire.

Thread the pork by curling the thinly sliced meat and compressing it onto the skewers about 3 to 5 slices. Make sure the pork slices have no gap on the BBQ skewers to avoid the meat drying out while grilling.

Grill the pork barbecue skewers on preheated and greased grill grates.

How to Grill the Pork Barbecue on Bamboo Skewers?

To avoid the bamboo skewers from burning or catching fire on the grill. After soaking the bamboo skewers for at least 30 minutes, place an aluminum foil on the grill grate where the exposed bamboo skewers and away from the heat.

Pork barbecue skewers on the grill.For the pork tenderloin or lean meat. Grill for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Cooking longer will dry out the meat. Basting halfway the grilling time with the reserved barbecue marinade, or basting with the barbecue sauce when cooked.

For the Pork Shoulder or pork with fats. Grill for 7 to 10 minutes. The fats from pork easily catch fire. flipping often and basting between flipping also helps to prevent the fats from burning and keep them moist.

However, when the meat is marinated for 48 hours, basting is not needed. The meat will release more juice and oil from meat fats as it is cooked when marinated longer. Otherwise, you are brushing off the juice the meat releases while grilling.

Filipino Pork Barbecue Skewers with Homemade BBQ sauce in jar
Filipino Pork Barbecue Skewers with Homemade BBQ sauce

Filipino Pork Barbecue Skewers made of pork shoulderWhat to serve with Filipino Barbecue?

These Filipino barbecue skewers are best served with plain rice, java rice, and fried rice with barbecue sauce, spiced vinegar, or atchara on the side.

Filipino Pork Barbecue Skewers on a plate with rice and Homemade BBQ sauce

For fried rice recipes:

Vegetable Fried Rice

Mushroom Fried Rice

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Filipino Pork Barbecue Skewers

This Filipino Pork Barbecue recipe is deliciously moist and tender. One of the best native street food dishes in the Philippines. Made of pork shoulder/tenderloin and Filipino barbecue marinade.
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5 from 6 votes
Course: Main
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: Filipino pork BBQ skewers, Pork barbecue skewers
Author: Maricel
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
marinate: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 25 minutes
Servings: 6

Watch How to Make It

Equipment

  • outdoor grill

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pork shoulder or tenderloin cut into ½ inch thin slices and 2 to 3 inches wide.

Filipino Barbecue Marinade

  • ¼ cup soy sauce low sodium
  • tbsp lemon juice or calamansi juice
  • cup ginger ale 7-Up or Sprite
  • cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp onion or scallion finely chopped

Homemade Filipino Barbecue Sauce-Yield: ¾ cup

  • ¼ cup tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup banana ketchup
  • ¼ cup pineapple juice
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbs molasses or honey
  • 2 tbsp onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper or to taste
  • For spicy version add red chillis

Instructions

  • Make the barbecue marinade. Mix all the barbecue marinade in a bowl. Stir until the brown sugar is dissolved. Save some for basting if you like.
  • Place the sliced pork in the container and pour the barbecue marinade. Make sure the pork is covered with the barbecue marinade. Cover and place in the refrigerator.
  • Marinate for at least 4 hours. For best flavour, more juicy and tender meat. Marinate overnight to 48 hours.
  • Soak the bamboo skewers for at least 30 minutes.
  • Make the barbecue sauce. Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan until well blended. Over medium-high heat, bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes or until thickened.
  • Thread the pork and compress onto the skewers about 3 to 5 slices. Make sure the pork slices have no gap on the BBQ skewers to avoid the meat drying out while grilling.

How to Grill Pork Barbecue Skewers

  • Grill the pork barbecue skewers on preheated and greased grill grates.
  • To avoid the bamboo skewers from burning or catching fire on the grill. After soaking the bamboo skewers for at least 30 minutes, place an aluminum foil on the grill grate where the exposed bamboo skewers and away from the heat.
  • For the lean meat or pork tenderloin. Grill for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Baste halfway the grilling time with the reserved barbecue marinade or baste and serve with the barbecue sauce.
  • For the Pork Shoulder or pork with fats. Grill for 7 to 10 minutes. The fats from pork easily catch with fire. flipping often and basting between flipping helps to avoid the fats from burning and keep it moist.
    However, when the meat is marinated for 48 hours, basting is not needed. The meat will release more juice as it cooks. Otherwise, you are brushing off the juice the meat releases while grilling.
  • Baste the cooked pork barbecue skewers with the barbecue sauce before serving or serve it on the side.
Nutrition Facts
Filipino Pork Barbecue Skewers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 196 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 631mg27%
Potassium 360mg10%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 101IU2%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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