Tuesday, 2 August 2011

BARBECUE PORK SKEWERS


The ultimate favourite barbecue item in the Philippines is barbecue pork skewers. It is sold in most roadside grills where people queue up at the best stall in town. A shake of spicy vinegar with garlic heightens the chargrilled porky goodness. It is also a favourite at parties, celebrations and picnics. My pity goes to the appointed griller who swelters in the heat and chokes on the smoke while everyone polishes the barbecue (as we simply call it) faster than he can cook it.



It usually is made with the pork butt and always has a cube of fat at the end of the stick.  I used pork shoulder and trimmed off the fat because I do not like eating fat. To compensate for that, I added peanut butter to the marinade to add extra richness.I sliced the meat thinly so it absorbs more of the flavour and cooks in less time. A ketchup and honey glaze at the end of the grilling time gives it a sweet finish.

This is tastes good on its own but I usually serve it with paprika rice and a side salad as a meal.

Ingredients for the marinade:


1 kg. pork shoulder or butt, sliced thinly
2 tbsps. peanut butter
1 c. cola
3 tbsps. light soy sauce
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 tbsp. worcestershire sauce
2 tbsps. lemon juice


Instructions:

I prefer to thinly slice the pork rather than cut it into chunks because the marinade penetrates better and the meat cooks faster. 

Cream the peanut butter  while slowly adding the liquid ingredients of the marinade. Marinate the pork for a few hours or overnight in the fridge. 

Thread the pork slices in skewers. If using bamboo skewers, soak them first in water so they don't burn in the grill. Chargrill for 5 minutes on each side. 

Brush with a mixture of the glaze ingredients and grill for 2 minutes on each side to set the glaze. 

Ingredients for the glaze:


1/4 c. catsup
3 tbsps. honey
1 tbsps. light soy sauce
2 tbsp. cooking oil



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27 comments:

  1. I just love this recipe! So many fabulous ingredients - peanut butter, honey, soy, cola, garlic... yummy... You must believe me when I say I will be trying this soon! Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. I can see exactly why these skewers are a favorite! Your description along with the pictures are making me hungry-bookmarked. Thanks for sharing a recipe for this tasty cuisine!

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  3. That looks very tasty and appetizing. I'd have to agree with you on the fat. I hate eating fat too.

    The addition of peanut butter sounds perfect.

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  4. Ohhhh I love these pork skewers! And I have to admit…I like the fatty part on it as well. No lean and mean for me =)
    I bet this grilled pork will taste awesome with some noodles. I am so craving "bunh thit nuong" right now!

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  5. yes, it's true filipino loves barbecue ever especially when it has vinegar with onions, garlic and chili. Love that much.

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  6. Mmmm! Looks divine as always!! Absolutely love your posts!

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  7. Your BBQ pork looks delicious and succulent! They also look tender. I like the peanut butter added to the marinade and I think I will try that. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. Wow, these look amazing. Cooked to perfection. Love the addition of the peanut butter.

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  9. Your food looks delicious.... you have a blessed talent :)

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  10. I like how you added the peanut butter, mmm. I love anything bbq'd and on a skewer, even better. I had pork last night, but I could go for it again. Will have to keep this one in mind. Hope you have a great week.
    -GIna-

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  11. My goodness...my mouth is watering... look at how juicy those are! YUM! Must try the Peanut Butter bit.

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  12. Adora just a quick note to let you know that I love your blog so much (your food and pictures are amazing!) I am sharing these awards with you! They are on my blog so come and get them!

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  13. Hi Adora! My goodness, I'm thinking of what to cook for dinner and I wish, really wish that this is our dinner tonight! Looks wonderful. You use peanut butter a lot for the sauce and I need to get one. I'm in the US and I have never owned peanut butter and haven't tried PB & J sandwich yet! Must get the jar and make this! p.s. I was in the Asian market trying to look for lemon grass for the soup, but couldn't find it. SO frustrating!

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  14. Adora, these skewers look amazing and the meat is jumping off the screen! I like those cherry tomatoes at the end of the sticks, such wonderful substitution for fat (no wonder you look fit and trim!).

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  15. Oh my... Those look positively succulent. I haven't had anything like this in such a long time, it looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing! Buzzed ya!

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  16. I just bookmarked this recipe. It sounds SO amazing. I cannot wait to try this out.

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  17. Buzzing, bookmarking and drooling! I lived in the Philippines in the 70's and LOVE the food!

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  18. This looks so delicious and I love your glaze, yummy!! :)

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  19. I am drooling away reading about these and looking at these fabulous pictures. Fabulous BBQ.

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  20. This is the 1st time I have tried one of your recipes ... I have the pork marinating in the fridge right now!

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  21. This looks like our "souvlakia" but the addition of peanut butter is something totally new to me. I am sure they taste delicious!

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  22. Mmm the flavor combination in this looks delicious!

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  23. peanut butter and soy sauce? YUM... My boyfriends family is Filipino. I wonder if I could wow them with some of your recipes. I tried to make pancit on my own after I first had theirs and it was an utter fail :) Sometimes you just can duplicate those flavors that have been in the family for so long.

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  24. Love the peanut butter in this dish. Perfect for a BBQ skewer! Buzzed :)

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  25. That looks heavenly!! Reminds me a bit of a satay. Bookmarking this one.

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  26. Im always the one chocking on the smoke! These look tasty!

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  27. Oh! This is simply irresistible! Looking at the beautifully grazed and slightly charred meat makes me wish that I could just grab them off from the screen!
    I love your idea of adding peanut butter in the marinade! :D

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