After getting a few requests, here it is, the Pinoy version of pork BBQ. This appetizer food or Pulutan is very popular in the Philippines. You will find this at just about every entrance in the middle class subdivisions and especially on the market sidewalks. A favorite among most Filipinos.
Filipino’s eat this BBQ as an appetizer, meal, a snack, or what most of the guy’s favorite, Pulutan. This particular recipe has been a tradition for Filipino’s when it comes to street barbecuing. Aside from the requests, it also inspired me to post this recipe to give our craving kakabayan’s that have been away from the Philippines a little trip down memory lane where street food is just a couple of steps away. This is fairly simple to make, but it does take a little bit of time to marinate. Just remember, the longer you let it marinate the better the taste. So be patient when it comes to preparing these mouth-watering street delights. Now, on to what you’re waiting for, the recipe.
2 Lbs. of Pork butt or belly (if using pork belly remove the skin)
1 Cup of soy sauce
1 Whole garlic peeled & smashed
1 Small onion minced
½ Cup of 7UP
1 Tsp. Ground black pepper
5 Tbs. Dark brown sugar
1 Cup of Banana sauce (ketchup)
1 Tsp. MSG (optional)
Soak bamboo skewers in water overnight to avoid splitting and burning before using.
Cut pork into ½ thick x 1 inch wide x 1 ½ inch long pieces. Slide pork onto skewers and set aside.
In a large bowl combine soy sauce, garlic, onion, juice of 2 lemons, 7-UP, ground black pepper, dark brown sugar, banana ketchup, and msg. Using a whisk mix and dissolve ingredients really well and pour marinade mixture onto the pork.
Cover and set in the fridge at least overnight or up to 2 days. Barbecue over hot coals or gas grill until pork is done. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy your BBQ.
Ayan may Pulutan na kayo! Nasaan ang tagay ko?
Baste the pork with the remaining marinade to further enhance the flavor while barbecuing. Basting the meat will also help to keep it moist through the entire cooking process. Make sure you allow the marinade to cook when using it for basting, remember this is a left over marinade.
Pulutan = Finger foods
Kababayan = Fellow citizens
Ayan may Pulutan na kayo! Nasaan ang tagay ko? = Here it is! You have you’re finger food! Now wheres my drink (shot)?