Filipino BBQ Sauce and Marinade

BBQ meats are the essence of Filipino cooking. Before refrigerators, marinades such as this one were essential not only to prevent spoilage and tenderize the tough cuts of meat, but to also to impart each dish with the unique flavors of Filipino cuisine.

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Filipino BBQ Sauce and Marinade

Sweet, tangy, and garlicky, this sauce is packed with flavor. Easy and quick to make (10 minutes), this versatile sauce can be used as a dipping sauce, marinade, or made into a glaze for any number of grilled meats, especially pork and chicken. It makes 2¼ cups sauce that will produce 1¼ cup marinade and 1¼ cup glaze for BBQ Pork.
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Course: Condiment, Dip, Sauce
Cuisine: Philippines, Southeast Asian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Author: My Hungry Traveler


  • Large bowl (for marinade/sauce)
  • Medium saucepan (for glaze)


BBQ Sauce and Marinade

  • 5 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup Soda, Sprite or 7-Up
  • cup Ketchup (banana or tomato)
  • ¼ cup Vinegar (rice, cane, or red wine vinegar)
  • 3 tbsp Sugar (brown or white)
  • cup Soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Oyster sauce (Sub: Worcestershire sauce)
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • Black pepper, to taste

BBQ Glaze

  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce and Marinade
  • ¼ cup Tomato ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable oil



  • Place all marinade ingredients into a bowl. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour 1¼ cup over whatever meat you're marinating. To use as a dipping sauce, boil for about 5 minutes to reduce slightly. To store for more than a day or two, boil about 2 minutes, pour into an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for up-to a month.

BBQ Glaze

  • Pour BBQ Glaze ingredients into a small saucepan set over medium heat. Simmer until it thickens into a thin gravy consistency. Stir often to prevent sugar from burning. Make 1¼ cup BBQ glaze that can be refrigerated for up-to one month in an airtight container.


Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 2162mg | Potassium: 166mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 140IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg

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