Spicy Filipino Marinade

A spicy vinegar based marinade common in pork barbecue in the Philippines. Can also be reduced a bit and used as a dipping sauce!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Course: Elements
Keyword: filipino, makecaloriesgreatagain, marinades, mcga, pork marinade
Cooking Method: No Cooking Required
Food Category: Vegetarian
FoodOrDrink: Food
Element: Marinades, Sauces


  • 1 cup Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1 head Garlic Smashed
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 4 ea Hot Peppers Slice, chopped or minced. Red chile peppers would be traditional here, but I subbed serrano and habanero.


  • Gather and prep your ingredients.
  • Combine everything into a bowl and mix. It's as simple as that!
  • If marinating pork, I'd suggest letting it do its magic for at least 12, and as long as 24 hours.
  • This is a pic of my habanero batch.
  • If you want to use this as a dipping sauce, I do suggest reducing it a bit over the stove.
  • Great for dipping chicken, pork, or even beef!


  • Shout out to my buddy Rick for sharing this recipe with me.  It certainly was a welcomed taste of the Philippines which is sorely missed during these travel restricted COVID times.
  • The level of heat this marinade / sauce brings is completely based on the type and quantity of peppers you use.  Adjust to your liking.
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