Inihaw na Liempo (Filipino Grilled Pork Stomach)

This previous weekend was most likely considered one of our final alternatives to grill in good climate – it was a cool 45F exterior, simply sufficient to require my jacket and a cautious eye on my charcoal. I’ll probably grill via the winter, however I figured now can be a superb time to share this recipe for Inihaw na Liempo (Filipino Grilled Pork Stomach).

Pork has an extended historical past in Filipino delicacies; the Tagalog phrase for pig, baboy, is probably going derived from the Indo-Malay babi/bayi, indicating that pork unfold to the Philippine archipelago alongside its early inhabitants. For reference, there may be proof of people residing within the Philippines some 67,000 years in the past, however they had been probably displaced by a number of different arriving teams till about 6,000 years in the past, when Malayo-Polynesians first arrived from East Asia. There isn’t a excellent technique to decide whether or not the pigs are an historical member of the archipelago, however the truth that pigs have cultural significance on the islands is an efficient indication; for instance, the seafaring Sama-Bajau, an ethnic group who reside principally within the Southern Philippines, used easy pig-shaped constellation clusters to navigate previous to the arrival of Europeans and their extra superior navigational strategies.

Inihaw na Liempo is a extra fashionable preparation of pork stomach, utilizing components with each brief and lengthy histories within the Philippines. Many recipes at the moment name for banana ketchup, which was a substitute for tomato ketchup invented throughout tomato shortages in World Warfare II. Intrigued by the concept, I made a decision to mash a pair bananas into my marinade, and was pleasantly stunned by the fruity notes that complemented the crispy pork stomach. Simply remember to preserve a watchful eye on the grill – the pure sugars within the banana are inclined to encourage browning. For that purpose, I prefer to slice my pork stomach comparatively skinny, at 1/2″, to make sure the pork cooks via earlier than getting too browned (plus, thinner slices = extra crispy floor texture).

Inihaw na Liempo – Filipino Grilled Pork Stomach (Gluten-free, Paleo, Primal, Whole30)

2 lbs pork stomach, sliced into 1/2” thick slices
1 tbsp avocado oil or coconut oil
1 shallot, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup tamari (or 1/3 cup coconut aminos for Whole30/soy-free)
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, cane vinegar, or rice vinegar
1 tsp kosher salt, extra for sprinkling on the finish
1/2 tsp black pepper
juice of 1/2 lime (1 tbsp)
juice of 1/4 lemon (1 tbsp)
or 2 tbsp calamansi juice instead of the lemon and lime juices

1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium warmth. Add the shallot and saute till softened, about 5 minutes. Stir within the garlic and tomato paste and saute till aromatic, about 1 minute, then stir within the mashed bananas, water, tamari, fish sauce, vinegar, salt, and pepper; simmer till darkened, about 10 minutes, stirring typically to stop burning. Take away from warmth, stir within the lime and lemon juices, and switch to a high-speed blender. Mix at excessive pace till clean, about 30 seconds, then put aside to chill.

2. As soon as the sauce is cool, place a handful of the pork in a big re-sealable plastic bag, then pour in somewhat of the marinade; proceed so as to add pork and marinade in batches to make sure the pork is well-coated. Switch to the fridge and marinate for 4 hours.

3. Put together a grill for direct, medium-heat grilling. Grill the pork over direct warmth till cooked via, turning typically to stop burning, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle with somewhat salt, then serve.

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