Easy Liempo Inihaw is a type of pork barbecue. It is grilled the Filipino way. Liempo or pork belly are marinated in basic inihaw marinade composed of soy sauce, banana sauce, ground black pepper, and lemon (or calamansi). A special liquid seasoning intentionally created as a marinade for meats is also used. This ingredient makes this dish tastier. You will know more about it in the recipe below.
I love the result of this recipe because I can obviously taste the pork flavor right after the first bite. It also cuts the duration of the marinating process by more than half. You can’t beat that.
How to Cook Easy Liempo Inihaw
Making liempo inihaw is now faster and tastier. The procedure is pretty much the same as preparing traditional grilled pork belly Filipino style. However, this recipe is very promising. It provides you with a more flavorful grilled pork in less than the usual duration.
Start by combining all the marinade ingredients with the pork belly. This is composed of the usual soy sauce, ketchup (banana), calamansi or lemon, and ground black pepper. I also add around 3 tablespoons of Knorr SavorRich Pork Liquid Seasoning. Mix all together and let it marinate for at least 30 minutes. I should emphasize that it usually takes at least 3 hours to ensure that the meat absorbs enough flavors from the marinade. Consider this recipe as a short cut with a better result.
Prepare the basting sauce before grilling. This sauce is brushed on the meat while grilling to provide more favor and to keep it moist. You can find the ingredients below. Simply combine everything in a bowl and stir.
The next step is grilling. Heat-up your favorite grill. Charcoal grill will give you the best result. I used an indoor infrared grill in the recipe video below because it is raining outside. The result is still fantastic.
Grill each side of the pork belly for 3 minutes. Make sure to brush basting sauce on the pork every time it us turned over. It takes around 8 to 9 minutes to cook the belly per side. Make sure to keep an eye on the pork while grilling. It should be almost done when you notice it starting to turn medium brown in color.
What to Serve with Easy Liempo Inihaw
This dish is best eaten as a meal with warm white rice. There are also side dishes and condiments that complement it.
Papaya Atchara – This is a version of pickled green papaya. The unripe fruit is shredded and cooked with a sweet vinegar concoction.
Atcharang Labanos – Pickled Daikon radish is another name for this side dish. It perfect to have with fried or grilled dishes.
Sinamak – A type of Filipino spicy vinegar that originated in the Western Visayas part of the Philippines. This condiment is also composed of bird’s eye chili, ginger, and whole peppercorns.
Pinakurat – Another version of Filipino spicy vinegar made from palm vinegar with a variety of spices. This condiment is best dipping fried and grilled dishes.
Try this Easy Liempo Inihaw Recipe. Let me know what you think.
Easy Liempo Inihaw
- 2 1/2 lbs pork belly
- 3 tablespoons Knorr SavorRich Pork Liquid Seasoning
- 5 tablespoons soy sauce
- 3 tablespoons banana ketchup
- 1/2 piece lemon or 3 pieces calamansi
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 5 cloves garlic crushed
Basting Sauce ingredients
- 4 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons banana ketchup
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- Arrange pork belly in a large bowl. Add all marinade ingredients including Knorr SavorRich Pork Liquid Seasoning. Mix well. Let it stay for at least 30 minutes.
- Prepare the basting sauce by combining all basting sauce ingredients in a bowl. Stir until well blended. Set aside.
- Heat-up the grill. Start to grill the marinated liempo for 3 minutes. Brush basting sauce on the top part and the turn it. Baste and grill the opposite side for 3 minutes. Perform these steps with the same duration of grilling until the liempo gets medium brown. Note: it usually takes 3 cycles to completely cook the pork belly.
- Remove from the grill. Let the liempo cool down. Slice into serving pieces.
- Serve with spicy vinegar and papaya atchara. Share and enjoy!