Beach Memories "Grilled Pork Belly"

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Here is my entry for #whatscookingchallenge by @jaynie

We always have food that reminds us of good times from the past. Family outings during your childhood years, crazy times with your friends or just a memorable meal. From the past years there is a dish that I could refer to as comfort food. Imagine spending time with the family on the beach and grilling your favorite meat. Here in our country I could say it is the star of the show in swimming outings and is often seen on tables on this said occasion.


Grilled Pork Belly


What are you means of grilling? There are a lot of ways which are electric, gas grill, coal, volcanic rock and charcoal. Here in the Philippines the most popular and cheapest way is grilling with charcoal. Wood charcoal is cheap and can be found and sold almost anywhere. One sack can be bought for 250 -300 pesos which is roughly around $5- $6. If you don't need that much you could purchase a small plastic bag which is good for one grilling. It would only cost you around 40 pesos or $.75 which is enough.

Fire it up but it could be tricky for the inexperienced. Here at home if there is grilling I am the one who is in charge. Others pour kerosene over the charcoal and just wait for it fire up. It is something that I never do as I feel that some fumes might go to your food and we do not want that. If you want the fastest way to get that charcoal burning what I do is I stack them up on the grill and place it over the stove for a few minutes until it burns up. You would be grilling in no time. But out on the beach is a different story and we go all natural. Again I pile up the charcoal on the grill and and look for some dried leaves, small sticks and anything that would easily burn. Placing it underneath the grill to burn up the charcoal and it works every time.



There are hundreds of ways to marinade you meat and everyone has their own way. In our country one of the popular marinades is a mixture of ketchup, soy sauce, salt, sugar, pepper and calamansi (local lime). Others just prefer salt and pepper which is actually good. We are not gonna do any of those, no special spices, no herbs, no ketchup and no fancy marinade mix. We will just use one ingredient as our marinade. Yes you read that right just one ingredient.

A technique which I learned from my father in law who was a chef on cargo ships. That one special ingredient brings out the taste of the meat which was very different from all the grilled pork belly I have ever tasted. I asked my father in law and was amazed that one special ingredient is OYSTER SAUCE.

No specific measurement or amount just make sure you get all the meat covered with the sauce. No need to leave it overnight or 3-4 hours. I just drench them with the sauce and then throw them in the grill. Although you could leave it for 30 minutes if you really want the flavor in the meat.




There are good cuts and cheap cuts of pork belly meat. If you want those really nice cuts, the ones that are evenly with a slicer you could purchase it from the supermarket and specialty meat shops. Here we just head out to our local market and just select the cut that that a good balance of fat and meat. One kilo of pork would cost around 240 pesos which is around $4.50 which is not bad as it would be enough for 4-5 people.



Just throw them over those hot charcoal and just wait for each side to cook evenly. These days some are concerned about carcinogenic substances associated with grilling. Some wrap their meat with aluminum foil to reduce the chances of carcinogens. But I prefer grilling over the heat ever since and I love the smokey taste it gives on the meat.



When grilling over open heat the fat that drips often creates a flame underneath that could burn your meat. It is best to have a glass of water to sprinkle the flame with to control the heat.




After a couple of minutes your pork belly is ready to eat and you would notice by the color that it is ready. Another thing to check is the fat some portions have popped up which is an indication that it is ready.





The perfect traditional combination is with some newly cooked rice, some soup and your pork belly. As a bonus to complete the experience just lay them all down on some banana leaves. Forget the utensils to experience the traditional Filipino way is to eating with your hands. The best part of is sharing the meal with your loved ones.




You may ask about the soup if it caught your attention. It is a traditional mussel soup called "Tinolang Tahong". We have an abundant supply of sea mussels in our area which can be bought fresh everyday. As for the recipe well I'll just share that some other day.



Don't forget your spiced vinegar with a lot of chili as it would make you want eat more. Forget the diet once in a while as we only live once. Get another cup of rice as assure you one cup would not be enough.




Now we have our meal ready the only thing that are missing is the sand, the ocean and the cool breeze. Grab a tent spend a night on the beach, sleep underneath the stars and enjoy good food.

Thanks for joining me and have a good evening or a good day everyone.


Answering the call of @rwedegis for your amazing Fettuccini with Calamari Sauce

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Pork belly

Please wake me up from my daydream of this delicious meat

I can remember the first time I crunched into a piece of this pork. It had been BBQ'ed with just the right amount of blackened crust on the edge. NEVER had anything like it again!


Haha glad you liked it. I just wish I could invite everyone to join in with this grilled belly and experience the Philippine way of traditional feasting.

na tag ako sa challenge... hahahaha.. sarap niyan.. actually tama ka na masarap yung direct sa charcoal dahil sa smoky effect sa food.. at masama talaga yung sunog na part ksi carcinogens yun.. kung hindi cancer ma fall yun sa hepa.. kaya ako tinatanggal ko nlng yung sunod na part..


Join in the fun bro and share some of your native cooking.

Oh wow, pork belly in all cultures is the best! But this one looks amazing! And you've done some pretty presentation with the other foods on the banana leaf!


Ah you should see the boodle fight a feast laid on banana leaves. I will share it ever we have a gathering. Thanks for checking 😁

Anything that is grilled with the charcoal taste so much better! And your photographs makes me salivate! Omg!


Thank you very much. That was my intent to tease the sight with a nice pork belly lol. I tried my best with the shots aiming to get people mouth watering lol. Thanks again for checking. Cheers!

MmmmmMmmmm! That sounds like a perfect day to me!


It was and was all gone in less than 30 minutes lol. Bearkid loved it and I think she had two.

Great post! I it looks delicious! Very cool that you did it on the grill. With such a fatty cut that can cause problems sometimes. I really enjoyed reading your post!


Thanks buddy. You should see the banana leaf spread called the boodle fight. All sorts of food seafood, more grilled food and vegetables laid on the banana leaf. Every one just digs in.


Does it taste like banana though? I am not a fan of banana flavored things :) It sounds interesting though!


Don't worry the leaf doesn't taste like a banana lol. It gives like a fresh scent once you place hot food on it. Another thing no need to wash dishes hahaha.


Good point!

@watersnake101, you have my mouth watering with your awesome photos of wonderfully grilled pork bellies! The mussel soup looks delicious too, I can't wait to see that recipe.


Hey @rwedegis I enjoyed the challenge lol and it was a great lunch. Ah so you would like to know how the mussel soup is made locally called Tinolang Tahong. I will plan it one of these days just for you buddy.


Thanks @watersnake101! I'm am looking forward to seeing the recipe and maybe ever trying to make it myself if I can find the ingredients here!

I've seen other cooks rave about oyster sauce. Like you, they call it magic. They say it smells terrible, but it's an ingredient that just makes the meal. I think I'll have to try this. But I may have to turn to Amazon to get oyster sauce. (Wouldn't be the first time. God, life before Amazon was a hassle!!)


Get that grill fired up over the weekend. A nice cut of pork belly and oyster sauce nothing more no need to get an expensive brand. I agree on that with you on amazon and other online stores the popular online store we have here is called lazada. Back in December and January with the great Steem rises we had deliveries every week. Just small items that we could not get anywhere near our location. Hey enjoy the grillin!


I LOOOVE Pork Belly... and yours looks amazing! *licks lips *

... and thanks for reminding me to enter @Jaynie's #whatscookingchallenge ... haven't done so in ages ;-)

Looks delicious! Depending on your fuel, you can sometimes taste a difference in the meat. I think charcoal leaves a better flavor than propane.


Yes it does give that outdoors feel and flavor. The other thing that we do last time we went out camping. We left the bon fire to die down and used the remaining coals and embers to grill some fish.