Skillet Grilled Pork Barbecue Skewers

Pork Barbecue Skewers By Anna's Cuisine

*This post is dedicated to my brother Noel.

Filipino-inspired pork barbecue with unsweetened cocoa and coconut oil.

This recipe is another childhood favorite and is very popular among Filipinos, especially the street vendors. They can be eaten as a meal or as an appetizer.  I was going to wait for summer to share this recipe, but I wanted to make it and share in hope that my brother will get to read it.

I’ve been feeling emotional and distraught the past few months, but more so the past few days, especially on Mother’s day. I cried so hard. I wish I can convey what transpired on that day, but I can’t without revealing what truly happened.  Maybe when I’m ready I will, but not anytime soon.

The reason why I chose this particular recipe is because it reminds me of my youngest brother. He used to make these.  I miss him terribly. He’s been in my thoughts. There’s never a day that I don’t think about him.  Wherever you are, I hope that you are okay and healthy. I want you to know that you are loved and can’t wait for you to come home. You are always in our prayers.

My brother would cut the meat in tiny bite pieces to  accommodate those who couldn’t afford to buy.  I chose to cut mine in larger pieces.  I prefer longer wooden skewers, but I am making use of the shorter ones that I have at home.  Since we are not cooking these pork barbecue skewers on a grill, you don’t have to soak the wooden skewers in the water.

However, I made some changes in the recipe and added unsweetened cocoa and coconut oil.  Come again?  Your read it right.  Or you can add coffee granules or a Tablespoon of melted semi-sweet chocolates if you prefer. It’s all up to you.  I am sure it would be equally or probably even more delicious.  These barbecue skewers would taste even better if you cook them on the grill, but I’m cooking them on a deep, non-stick skillet.

This is a family recipe.  If you want to use or adapt this recipe, please be kind and considerate and mention my blog.  Thanks.

To make this recipe, you will need the following:

  • 2.44 lb. organic pork butt or shoulder
  • Wooden Skewers (6 to 12 inches long)
  • 1/2 cup dark soy sauce
  • 6 large cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 Tablespoons Sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup organic Wegman’s ketchup
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed organic dark brown sugar OR white sugar
  • juice of 2 large lemons or 3 limes
  • Zest of 2 whole lemons or 3 limes
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa or instant coffee granules
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil, plus more if you are cooking this on a skillet


Cut the meat in bite pieces; set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the soy sauce, garlic, Sesame oil, ketchup, sugar, lemon or lime zest, fresh lemon or lime juice, unsweetened cocoa or instant coffee granules and 1/4 cup melted coconut oil.  Reserve about 1/3 cup of the marinade mixture; set aside.  Add the sliced meat. Cover with plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator and marinate for at least 4 hours; overnight is best.

Remove from the refrigerator. Allow to set in room temperature for 15 minutes.  Skewer the marinated pork and placed on a tray; set aside.

Cook the reserve marinade and bring to a rapid boil. Turn off the heat and transfer to a ramekin. Use this to baste the pork skewers while they cook. If you are using a barbecue grill, cook each side of the skewers until they turn brown or reach 160 degrees.  If you are using a non-stick skillet, heat the skillet in medium-low heat. Add the skewers and cook each side. The meat will sweat. Cook until the pork skewers turn brown and the sauce thickens and caramelized.





Pork Barbecue By Anna's Cuisine

Serve warm with your favorite sides.


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51 thoughts on “Skillet Grilled Pork Barbecue Skewers

  1. I hope your brother returns home safe and soon. All our prayers with him.
    Its a wonderful gesture you did for him. The dish looks very nice.
    Lots of love and hugs to you Anna. We all love you very much here, I hope you don’t stay sad 🙂

  2. Hi Anna,
    Love this simple dish!
    Hope and pray that the right time will come when you’re brother will come home, hang in there.

    • Hi, Jae! It’s great to hear from you again. Thank you as well as the sentiment about my brother. Although, I cry from time to time when I think of him, I feel at peace now. He is now in God’s hand. Sometimes we just have to let go and let God. He chose this path and there’s nothing anyone can do except pray for him. We can only hope that someday he will return. Have a great weekend, Jae. Aloha.

      • Hi Anna,
        Yes, we all have purpose in this life, and you have done your piece for your brother.
        May you be lightened with prayers.
        It’s been raining cats and dogs in the island. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and holiday, Anna.

      • Thank you for the lovely words, Jae as well as the prayers. It’s very much appreciated. It’s raining here too.It must be because of the tropical storm (Bonnie) is headed our way.
        I wish you the same Jae. Enjoy your Memorial day holiday. Mahalo. 🙂

    • Hi Sm. It’s great you stopped by. Thank you so much. We can only hope and pray. We all leave it up to God.
      BTW, thank you for tweeting this post. It’s greatly appreciated. Have a fabulous three-day weekend.

  3. I hope your brother returns home safely soon! Chin up Ms Anna. I hope all is well. Garfield hugs and I love the recipe as it reminds me of a local popular Char Siew or roast pork BBQ. These days coffee ribs are my favorite!

  4. How beautifully you weaved the story of your life with this dish. Loved reading it 🙂 .. (and would have loved more if i could have a piece or two from it 😛 )

    • Thank you so much for the beautiful compliment, Jess. I have grieved enough. It is now in God’s hands. Thank you for your concern. It’s very much appreciated. Have a lovely week ahead, Jess.

  5. Looks really wonderful! Hope your brother will come back home soon! Take care, dear Anna, and don’t let unhappy thoughts conquer your heart?!

    • Somehow, I missed this comment of yours, Ann. My apology. Thank you for the soothing words Ann. They mean a lot to me. One can only keep hoping even when chances are bleak. Thanks Ann.

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