Monday, February 3, 2014
Filipino Pork Barbeque - Sinugba-style
One of my favorite Filipino dinner to fix is Sinugbang Baboy (which means Grilled Pork or Pork Barbecue in Tagalog). Like what I mentioned before, Filipinos love pork, they love Spam, too. But pork is revered in the Philippines. There would be no Letchon (Roasted Pig), Adobo, Crispy Pata (Pork Leg), etc. without our beloved porcine meat. And topping that list would be Sinugbang Baboy.
Like there are many ways to cook adobo, there are myriad ways to make this simple dish. Now, this is my go-to recipe.
Filipino Pork Barbeque
1 kilo sliced pork (fatty cuts like pork chops, pork belly, etc.)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup vinegar
2 tablespoons minced garlic (about 4-5 cloves)
1/2 cup ketchup (yes, ketchup trust me on this)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tablespoon oil
1. Mix all the ingredients for the marinade: soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, ketchup, salt&pepper in a large mixing bowl. The ketchup will add a balance of sweetness to the pork and at the same time giving it a nice red tint. Make sure that the bowl is non-reactive (metal). Cover the pork and let it marinade for a couple of hours, or if you can wait, overnight in the fridge.
2. Set your grill out. If using coals, make sure that the coals are nice and hot before you slap the meat on the grill. If you use an electric grill like I do, brush the grill with oil when it gets hot before you lay down the meat. Grill over medium heat, about 10-15 minutes each side (this depends how thick your slices of meat are, the thinner, the faster it gets cooked).
Now when your pork is done, set it out with steamed rice, salad (I love oysters cerviche with this) and a dipping sauce made out of equal parts of soy sauce and vinegar with a dash of lemon in it.