Pork Liempo Recipe (Grilled Pork Belly)

Pork Liempo

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Here in the Philipines, the common Pork Liempo Recipe is made with a marinade of soy sauce, pepper, sprite or 7-up and Philippine Lime (Kalamansi) and it is then grilled over charcoal but other versions include putting it in the oven with other marinades like Tomato sauce, brown sugar and orange juice which is less rustic than the first one.


  • 1 Kilo Pork Liempo (Pork Belly, cut into 1/4-inch slices)

For the Marinade

  • 1/3 cup Lemon Soda
  • 1/4 cup Vinegar
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. white sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tsp. Salt
  • 1 Tsp. Black Pepper

For the Dipping Sauce / Sawsawan

  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 pc. Thai chili, thinly sliced


To Marinade:

  1. Whisk together soda, vinegar, garlic, sugar, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl.
  2. Place the Pork Belly in a Tupperware or Plastic Ware and pour in marinade.
  3. Cover / Seal the Plastic Ware and place in refrigerator and marinate 2 hours or overnight.

To make Sawsawan / Dipping Sauce:

  1. Combine vinegar, garlic, and chili in a small bowl. Set aside.

  1. Preheat the grill.
  2. Grill the Marinated Pork for about 5 minutes per side or until slightly charred and cooked through. Brush with the Sauce or the Marinated Sauce on both sides as you grill.
  3. To know if they are fully cooked, just get a piece of pork and slice it in the middle and see if the juices are already clear and the meat is no longer red.
  4. Serve


This video shows another recipe for pork liempo.