*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.
Serve warm with your favorite sides.
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51 thoughts on “Skillet Grilled Pork Barbecue Skewers”
Great recipe. I live in Winnipeg home to a large Filipino community, and I enjoy the variety and vitality that Filipino chefs are bringing to our food scene.
Thank you so much. That means a lot. 🙂
Dear Anna, it’s amazing how we associate food with loved ones. What a poignant story with a lovely dish. I hope and pray very hard for the safe return of your son. ❤️
I meant brother, oops
It’s okay. 🙂
Hi, Gina. It’s great to see you here. Thank you for following my humble blog. It’s very much appreciated. Followed you back. Yes, there’s a story behind every dish we prepare. Some are happy stories and some are sad. Fortunately, my brother has returned home. To God be the glory for answering our prayers. Sometimes, we just need to trust God and leave things that are beyond our control in His care. He is after all the sovereign God. He can take better care of others better than we can. We can only pray for them. Thank you so much for your concern, Gina. I wish you a productive week. 🙂
It so great to see you here Anna! Thank you for following my blog. I am so happy to hear your brother is safe. Have a fantastic week! ❤
Hi, Gina. Good morning. It’s my pleasure. It’s great to see you here too. Thank you, Gina, so thoughtful of you to say that about my brother. Thank you as well for following me. I appreciate your support. I am having a fantastic week so far. Oh, my goodness! I have so many ideas my head is about to explode. I have created the most unique, original breakfast for Thanksgiving or any day that everyone will knock their socks off! It’s so easy and can be done ahead of time. I am so excited to share it here on my blog. I wanted to share it on my IG this morning, but I will wait for the reveal here on my blog first. 🙂 Now, off to your blog. Have a fantastic day. ❤
Wow! I can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeves. I’ll be looking for it! Heading out shortly. Have a fantastic rest of the week Anna! ❤️
Sorry for my delayed response, Gina. I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I’m still working on it and plan to post it sometime this month or early November. Thank you for all your support, Gina; very much appreciated. Have a fabulous week. 🙂 ❤
No worries Anna. ❤️❤️❤️💛💛💛
Thank you so much, Gina. Have a lovely evening. 🙂
You too Anna ❤️
My pleasure, Gina. 🙂
These look so good!
Thanks. They were really delicious.
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 🙂
Mithai, you are so sweet and so thoughtful. Thank you so much for all the sweet words as well as the prayers. I am with a grateful heart. God bless you so. ❤
Thank you so much Anna. You are a wonderful person and I have only love and respect for you, may all your heart’s prayers and desires come true 🙂
I am so touched. Thank you SO much, Mithai! Have a great evening/day. ❤
Thank you so much!! You too 😀 😀
The pleasure’s all mine, Mithai. I hope you are doing well. 🙂
Yeah slowly proceeding through the exams, hope they get over soon 😀 😀
I hope you too are having a good time 🙂 🙂
It will be over before you know it, Mithai. Have a fabulous day/night. 🙂
Thank you 😀 😀 You too!!
Thanks, Mithai. 🙂
You are welcome 🙂
Love your tasty dish Anna
thank you for share
Hello, Anita! Thank you. It’s my pleasure to share. I wish you a fabulous week. 🙂
you’re welcome anna
Happy week for you too
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.
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. 🙂
I hope your brother returns soon and is safe wherever he is. The dish looks really fabulous.
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.
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!
Thanks Ms G. I appreciate it. 🙂
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 😛 )
You are too kind and generous with your words, Nitin. Thank you so much for the lovely words. I wish food comes out of the screen, so you can go ahead and help yourself. 😀 Thanks again, Nitin. Have a fabulous week ahead.
Hehe.. that would be something. some part of my harry potter like fantasies would come true. you too have a lovely week Anna. 🙂
Yes, wouldn’t it? Thanks, Nitin. 🙂
This dish looks divine. Great job!
(I also hope you feel better. Take care Anna <3)
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.
Wow! Lucky brother having a sister who can cook like that. 🙂
Kloe, thank you so much for saying it. Indeed he is. Unfortunately, he didn’t know how much. 😦
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.