We Turn Everyone’s Favorite Pinoy BBQ into No-Fuss Meatballs

July 31, 2020

Pinoy BBQ is truly on a league of its own. From procedure to flavor, it reflects the resourcefulness of Filipinos cuisine. (Soft drinks for marinade? Come on, it’s genius.) We love a good street-side, open-air barbecue as much as the next person; but since we can’t really enjoy that now, we’re being extra creative at home.

…. balls ….

Not all of us have grills. So we’ve adapted our beloved Pinoy BBQ into meatballs. It still has all the flavors you’d want in your usual barbecue—sweet, slightly sour, and meaty—but our version cuts down on the effort (sort of).

Pinoy BBQ Meatballs

  • Serves: 4 people
  • Active time: 1 hr
  • Total time: 1 hr
  • Difficulty: Medium



  • 500g ground pork
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup onion, grated
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp oil

BBQ Sauce

  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup banana ketchup
  • 1/4 cup 7Up
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. For the meatballs, combine the pork, garlic, onion, breadcrumbs, and milk in a large bowl and mix until well combined.
  3. Season liberally with salt and pepper, then form into meatballs about 2 tbsp in size.
  4. Once all meatballs are formed, place on a sheet pan and coat in oil.
  5. Place in the preheated oven and bake until cooked through, 18-20 minutes.
  6. While the meatballs are baking, make the BBQ sauce.
  7. In a saucepan, add the soy sauce, vinegar, banana ketchup, 7Up, brown sugar, garlic, and salt and pepper.
  8. Mix until well combined then put over medium high heat.
  9. Let the mixture come to a boil then reduce heat, and cook the sauce until thickened about 10 minutes.
  10. Add the cooked meatballs to the sauce and stir until coated.
  11. Cook meatballs in the sauce for 5 more minutes then serve.​
Jica Simpas Jica Simpas

Jica hopes that by writing about food she'll actually learn how to cook. But for now, she'll happily just eat everything—especially cookies.

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