How To Make Pinoy-Style Pork Barbecue More Delicious

Try these barbecue marinades and sauces!

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The Pinoy-style pork barbecue, or Filipino pork barbecue, is sweet, tangy, and tender pork chunks cooked over red hot charcoal. 

These pork skewers are made with pork, sliced thinly, and marinated in a mixture that's sweet, tangy, and flavorful. There are many ways to do this but the Pinoy-style pork barbecue version is a real game changing one. For one, it commonly uses soda, a lemon-lime flavored one, in the marinade that helps to tenderize the meat. Plus, it makes it uniquely delicious, too. 

The pork barbecue can be marinated and basted with any kind of barbecue sauce. If you're thinking of changing your usual barbecue mix to another, try these different barbecue sauce recipe tweaks. You might find one that could be the barbecue sauce that trumps your current favorite: 

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1 All-Around Barbecue Sauce Recipe 

You don't have to change the way you marinate your meats. What you can do is this: slather on a super tasty barbecue sauce in the last minute or two if you want to boost flavor. You'll want to brush this delicious sauce while the pork is still hot so the sugars can caramelize and stick to the meat before taking off the grill. 

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2 Whiskey Barbecue Sauce Recipes

The whiskey may sound like an extravagant addition to a simple barbecue sauce but the flavor notes in the spirit is what you're after. Spiking a simple barbecue sauce with this gives it another dimension in flavor, but you're also giving it a kick that's unexpected. Remember to simmer the sauce until most of the alcohol is cooked off (it doesn't completely evaporate). Slather it on during that last minute or two, and you'll taste a barbecue that's got more body than your usual. 

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3 Pineapple Barbecue Sauce Recipe 

Many people don't think about the sweetness of the pineapple for barbecue sauce but you should! It's got the same tang as the vinegar and a sweetness that's more subtle than brown sugar. It also creates a chunky sauce that you might like. More than all of these reasons, pineapple is a great and natural meat tenderizer. An enzyme in pineapples naturally breaks down the meat so if you use this a marinade and the baste, you'll be rewarded with tender pork barbecue bites every time. 

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4 Smoky Mango Barbecue Sauce Recipe 

Fruits are sometimes underestimated as a cooking ingredient. This barbecue sauce uses a can of mango juice to amp up the flavors of the homemade barbecue sauce. The sauce is then used as both the marinade and the basting sauce so you get a double dose of the smoky, sweet flavor of the sauce.  


5 Kiddie-Friendly Mango Barbecue Sauce Recipe 

You might think barbecue is an automatic favorite of kids but some may find the smokiness and the complex flavor combinations of the sauce overwhelming. For a kiddie-friendly version that might win you points in the favorite department, this barbecue sauce that contains fresh mango may be what you may want to try. Kids can dip and dunk to their hearts' content without worrying you're offering too much all at once.      

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6 Korean Bulgogi Sauce Recipe 

"Bulgogi" means, roughly translated, barbecue in Korean. The barbecue sauce used on the meat is a sweet-soy glaze that's fantastic with almost any meat you want. You can use a simple recipe for the marinade and baste that uses apple juice for that elusive fruity flavor. You can also try one with more aromatic ingredients to give it more complexity in flavor that's closer to an authentic version. 

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7 Spicy Pinoy Pork Barbecue Sauce Recipe  

Pinoy pork barbecue is a classic for good reason! It contains all the flavors we want in barbecue and the resulting smoky stick is almost always perfect. However, there is an ingredient that might change your mind about the perfect barbecue sauce: siling labuyo. You can definitely change a recipe's flavor simply by adding heat and the siling labuyo is a great example of a spicy ingredient that delivers.  

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