One dish I guarantee you will find hard to resist is the Filipino BBQ. It is a mainstay in most Filipino families and is a great way to grace any of our special gatherings or parties.
In fact, in the Philippines, it is popular street food. There is hardly a street or corner you pass by that you don’t see it being sold in all sizes and forms. With such a classic, there’s no way you can go wrong. It is no doubt a perfect dish for both adults and kids alike.
Filipino pork bbq is composed of tender and thinly sliced pieces of marinated pork glazed with a special mixture of sweet-savory spices and seasonings. This is a perfect example of a dish where salty meets sweet and the result is a tickle on your senses. Imagine it further with the addition of that spicy sour dip of spicy vinegar. Yum!
History of Barbecue
According to the history of cooking, barbecue is one of the oldest cooking methods in the world (if not the oldest). The definition and history of this technique are quite controversial; we won’t go deep into it. It is difficult to explain it with a single definition.
But, what differentiates them from other types of cooking, as well as unify the various barbecue form is the presence of smoke.
According to food experts, the name originated from Spanish but became established in south American. While there are many types of meat for the barbecue, the primary meat is pork. This was probably because pigs were common in the region.
Whether as a cooking technique or item, it became widely accepted and used for large gatherings such as picnics and festivals. This is largely because it allowed for cooking in plenty.
The Filipinos – What pork and BBQ means to them
Grilling and BBQ have over the years been a significant part of the Philippines’ food and cooking culture. Everywhere around the cities, from parties, weddings, picnics, and streets are BBQed and grilled food.
Barbecuing, as a cooking method, encompasses many techniques and for this particular recipe, grilling is done over dry, direct heat of over a 500 °F (260 °C) hot fire.
According to the Filipino style of preparation, its grilling is done over wood charcoal for a few minutes and dipping into a jar of spicy vinegar before being served.
Pork as meat is so delicate and as such requires gentle heat when barbecuing. It is no surprise that pork happens to be a quintessential part of Filipino culture and food, especially knowing that they are sourced from pigs which are an indigenous Philippines animal.
History has it that offering given to God were pigs. This already suggests that the meat must be special of some sort. But, this does not mean that all Filipinos love it, but quite an interesting number of people do and consume it.
Nutritional Benefits of Pinoy BBQ
The Filipino Pork Barbecue is one diet that makes up as much-loved meat and will make for a balanced menu with its many nutritional benefits and qualities. But, there are has some sort of misconceptions from the past that it is fatty. This has led many people to refrain from eating as a staple diet but rather occasionally.
It is important you know that, other than being very tasty and versatile, they offer many nutritional values as well. Below are the top health benefits the Filipino Barbecue brings to the table.
Generally, every meat product is known to contain a high amount of protein. It’s no news that protein is one of the major macronutrients the human body needs to function. It is especially important and essential in promoting muscle growth.
What makes pork (as a protein source) unique is that it goes ahead to provide a lot of protein without comprising fat as is the case of red meat.
The subject of fat can be quite complicated. It has been linked to conditions such as heart disease. But, this is not changing the fact it is essentially healthy to have a certain amount of fat in your diet.
There’s no doubt that Pork contains fat, but the amount in it is low, especially compared to red meat. This of course makes it a good source of enough fat required in your diet.
There are a lot of vitamins vested in this recipe as a result of the presence of Pork. It is especially rich in vitamin B, which in turn holds a lot of benefits to brain health.
They go a long way in warding off helping you ward off conditions such as anxiety and depression. This has been a major concern for vegetarians and thus prompting them to opt for supplements.
To add to the vitamins, there are many beneficial minerals packed up in pork, ranging from selenium, phosphorus, and zinc. These three minerals combined help in promoting new cell growth, strengthening bones and teeth, protecting the walls of the blood cells and boosting the immune system.
Filipino Pork Barbecue Recipe
Filipino Pork Barbecue
- 3 lbs Pork butt, sliced to 1-inch wide and 1/4-inch thick
- 1 1/2 cups 7-up
- 1 cup Soy sauce
- 1 cup Vinegar
- 1 cup Oyster sauce
- 1 1/2 cups Brown sugar
- 1/2 tbsp Ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup Garlic, peeled and minced
- 5 Thai chili peppers (siling labuyo), minced
- 1 cup Banana ketchup
- 1/4 cup Sesame oil
For the Spiced Vinegar Dip
- 1/2 cup White vinegar
- 1 1/2 cloves Garlic, peeled and minced
- 1/4 Onion, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 1/2 Thai chili peppers, chopped
- Salt and ground pepper, to taste
- Rinse pork strips and drain well. Pat dry.
- In a large bowl, combine 7-up, soy sauce, vinegar, 1 cup of the oyster sauce, brown sugar, garlic, black pepper, and chili peppers.
- Add pork and massage meat to fully incorporate. Marinate, turning meat once or twice, in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight for best results.
- Thread 2 to 3 meat slices onto each skewer.
- In a bowl, combine the remaining 1 cup of oyster sauce, banana ketchup, and sesame oil. Set aside.
- Grill meat kebabs over hot coals for about 2 to 3 minutes each side.
- When pork starts to lose its pink, baste with oyster sauce-ketchup mixture. Continue to grill and baste, turning on sides, until meat is cooked through. Remove from heat and serve as is or with spicy vinegar dip.
For the Spiced Vinegar Dip
- In a bowl, combine vinegar, garlic, onion, chili peppers, ground pepper, and salt.
Final Words On Filipino Barbecue
The Filipino Pork BBQ recipe is one I would recommend to anyone looking to try out a Filipino dish.
Let me seize this opportunity to clear the air about the concern of the healthiness of pork knowing that their preparation and preservation need the use of chemicals that are not just bad for the body but have linked with cancer. This is talking about nitrates and nitrites.
There’s no cause to worry anymore because pork products that are void of nitrates and nitrites are now available. Finally, as I mentioned earlier, one thing that stands it out from many other dishes is that you can hardly get it wrong.
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