My Mom’s BBQ has always been a favourite in our family. Friends who have tried my Mom’s Filipino BBQ have always wanted her to bottle the recipe and sell it! Mom never gave out her recipe, but would tell them what the ingredients were.
I used to think she never gave out her recipe because she didn’t want anyone to know it or be able to reproduce it, but I’ve come to realize that there is no real recipe. She just goes by taste.
I’ve tried out a few recipes and have come up with one that is a hit! My husband and four year old daughter pretty much inhale this Filipino pork BBQ!
2 lbs pork
1 c. soy sauce
1 whole garlic, peeled, smashed, and minced
1 onion, minced
1/2 c. 7-Up
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
5 tbsp brown sugar
1 c. Mafran filipino banana sauce (Jufran or UFC are okay, but I prefer Mafran) *If you can’t get filipino banana sauce, you can use ketchup
1/2 c smooth peanut butter (optional)
Cut pork into bite sized cubes (about 2 inches)
In a large container or tupperware, add soy sauce, garlic, onion, juice of 2 lemons, ground pepper, brown sugar, 7-Up, Mafran and peanut butter. Mix marinade well.
Add pork to the marinade, seal container and refrigerate overnight. The longer you marinate it, the better the flavour!
Soak bamboo skewers in water.
I actually used 1 lb pork and 1 lb beef because that’s what I had handy. I have to admit that I though the BBQ tastes amazing with either choice of meat, I love the pork version best. I’ve even tried this with venison. The marinade is what makes it! Clearly, the secret is in the sauce!
After you have marinated your meat, take a bamboo skewer and “tuhog” the meat. Tuhog means skewer/BBQ stick in Cebuano (a Filipino dialect). I remember as a kid, my mom would always ask me to “tuhog” the meat when we had parties. To this day, every time I make Filipino BBQ, I remember all the family parties and it brings back fond memories. It’s kind of like a rite of passage. My 4 year old wanted to help me, but I was worried she’d get splinters or pierce her fingers with the skewers. She assisted me in the kitchen by adding the ingredients to the marinade after I minced, cut, chopped, and measured.
Once you’ve put all the meat onto skewers, cook them on the BBQ until fully cooked.
Enjoy! This is one of our favourites!