Photo: Victor Protasio
Active Time
17 Mins
Total Time
2 Hours 17 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: about 3 oz. pork and 1/4 cup onion mixture)

Adobo is a popular preparation for chicken or pork in Filipino cuisine. Adobo is typically a stewed dish, with the meat simmered in a mix of soy sauce, vinegar, and aromatics. For maximum flavor here, we save the marinade, add extra vinegar, and cook the mixture down into a syrup for basting the grilled pork and drizzling over the finished dish. A touch of brown sugar in the marinade thickens the finished sauce and helps the meat get gorgeously charred bits over the flames. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine 2 tablespoons vinegar and next 5 ingredients (through red onion) in a large ziplock plastic bag. Add 1 serrano chile half to bag; reserve other half for another use. Seal bag; shake well to dissolve sugar. Add pork to bag; refrigerate 2 to 8 hours, turning occasionally.

Step 2

Heat grill to medium-high (about 450°F). Remove pork and red onion from bag; pat pork dry. Strain marinade into a small saucepan over medium heat; discard solids. Add red onion and remaining vinegar to pan; cook 5 minutes or until liquid is syrupy and reduced by half.

Step 3

Place pork on grill grate coated with cooking spray; grill 3 minutes. Turn pork; baste top of pork with reduced marinade. Grill 3 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Place on serving platter; let stand 10 minutes. Slice pork off bone; cut meat into thin slices. Drizzle pork with remaining reduced marinade. Sprinkle with green onions.