Juicy Filipino BBQ Recipe for Mouthwatering Flavors

Filipino BBQ, known as “Inihaw,” is a savory-sweet grilled dish often marinated in a mix of soy sauce, garlic, and spices, delivering a mouthwatering explosion of flavors.

Ready to sink your teeth into some crazy-tasty Filipino BBQ? Get your skewers and appetite ready, because we’re about to dive into a world where every bite is a perfect mix of sweet, savory, and ridiculously delicious marinades. Stick around; we’re spilling all the juicy details from secret marinades to the perfect grill techniques. Time to turn up the heat!

Filipino BBQ Bliss

filipino bbq bliss

Experience a burst of flavor with Filipino BBQ, a delightful dance of sweet, savory, and smoky tastes on your palate. Picture succulent, marinated pork grilled to perfection, rendering a caramelized crust that’s irresistibly crispy and tender inside. This is more than just BBQ; it’s a celebration on a skewer!

  • Cooking Method: Grilling
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes (plus marinating time)
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Cuisine Type: Filipino


  • 2 lbs pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup banana ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 head garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup calamansi (or lime) juice
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Bamboo skewers, soaked in water

Cooking Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together soy sauce, banana ketchup, brown sugar, minced garlic, calamansi juice, black pepper, and salt until well combined.
  2. Add the pork cubes into the marinade, ensuring they are fully submerged. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
  3. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat (about 375°F/190°C).
  4. Thread marinated pork cubes onto the soaked bamboo skewers, distributing evenly.
  5. Grill the pork skewers for about 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally, until the meat is fully cooked and a nice char develops on all sides. Keep an eye out – you don’t want them to resemble your last burnt toast adventure!
  6. Baste with remaining marinade during grilling for extra flavor, but discontinue basting during the last few minutes to ensure thorough cooking.
  7. Remove skewers from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.


  • Alternative Ingredients: Chicken or beef can be used instead of pork. Adjust marinating and cooking times accordingly.
  • Garnishing Options: Serve with a side of atchara (pickled papaya), and garnish with freshly chopped cilantro or scallions for a fresh twist.
  • Cooking Tips: Ensure bamboo skewers are well-soaked to avoid them catching fire. Also, resist the urge to over-crowd the grill – give those skewers some breathing room!