Recipes and Cooking Sweet and Spicy Pork Kabobs 5.0 (1) 1 Review Jufran banana "ketchup," a Filipino condiment, serves as the base for the brushing sauce that gives pork kabobs a sweet-sour flavor and caramelized char. By Danielle Centoni Danielle Centoni Instagram Twitter Website Danielle is a food writer and recipe developer with more than two decades of experience as a food journalist writing about cooking, baking, and grilling, as well as cocktails, wine, and beer. She also has extensive experience conducting product reviews and taste tests. In addition to feature writing and recipe development for publications, she has written six cookbooks and contributed extensive editorial work to six others. Previously, Danielle was the food editor of The Oakland Tribune, food editor and writer at The Oregonian, senior editor at Imbibe Magazine and MIX Magazine, and editor of Eater Portland. As a freelance writer, her articles, recipes, taste tests, and comprehensive equipment reviews appear in a range of national publications including Better Homes & Gardens, EatingWell, Conde Nast Traveler, The Kitchn, Spruce Eats, and Serious Eats, among many others. Danielle earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Smith College. She has also taken the WSET Intermediate Course in wine and spirits, passing with distinction. She has received the James Beard Journalism Award and is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, the James Beard Foundation, and Les Dames d'Escoffier. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Updated on June 18, 2022 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Carson Downing Hands On Time: 30 mins Total Time: 4 hrs 30 mins Servings: 4 Yield: 8 skewers Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 2 pound pork tenderloin 6 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce ½ cup Jufran Banana Sauce* ¼ cup lemon-lime soda 2 tablespoon packed brown sugar 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 1 large garlic clove, grated 2 Thai chiles, minced ¼ cup apple cider vinegar Steamed rice (optional) Pickled Papaya Relish (optional) Directions Cut the pork into 1-inch cubes. In a large bowl, combine 4 Tbsp. of the soy sauce, 1/4 cup of the banana sauce, the lemon-lime soda, brown sugar, lemon juice, garlic, chiles, and 1/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper. Add pork and toss to coat. Cover; marinate in refrigerator 4 hours to overnight. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine remaining 1/4 cup banana sauce, the vinegar, and remaining 2 Tbsp. soy sauce. Set aside 1/4 cup for glaze during cooking; reserve the rest for serving. Remove pork from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before grilling. Thread eight 10- to 12-inch skewers with pork. (If using wood skewers, soak them in water at least 30 minutes before adding meat.) Preheat an outdoor grill to medium (350°F to 400°F); brush cooking grates clean and lightly oil. Grill skewers, on a covered grill, 10 minutes until done (145°F), turning and brushing cooked sides with glaze halfway through grilling. If you like, serve with steamed rice and Pickled Papaya Relish; drizzle with reserved glaze. * Jufran Banana Sauce is a popular Filipino alternative to ketchup that's fruitier and tangier than traditional ketchup. If you can't find it, mix together 1/4 cup ketchup, 2 Tbsp. brown sugar, 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, and 1 Tbsp. mashed very ripe banana. Use as directed in recipe. Makes 1/2 cup. Pickled Papaya Relish In a large bowl combine 2 cups grated fresh green papaya with 2 Tbsp. salt. Let stand for 1 hour. Drain papaya, discarding liquid, and rinse thoroughly. Place papaya in center of a large piece of cheesecloth and squeeze to drain as much liquid as possible. In a clean bowl combine papaya, 1/4 cup sliced carrot, 1/2 cup red pepper strips, 2 Tbsp. thinly sliced fresh ginger, and 1 sliced fresh jalapeno pepper. In a small saucepan combine 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar. Bring to boiling; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Pour vinegar mixture over papaya mixture. Cover; refrigerate at least 24 hours. Store in the refrigerator up to 1 week. Makes 2 cups. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 297 Calories 4g Fat 13g Carbs 47g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 4 Calories 297 % Daily Value * Total Fat 4g 5% Saturated Fat 1g 5% Cholesterol 140mg 47% Sodium 1052mg 46% Total Carbohydrate 13g 5% Total Sugars 11g Protein 47g Vitamin C 17.8mg 89% Calcium 20mg 2% Iron 2.1mg 12% Potassium 852mg 18% Folate, total 11.3mcg Vitamin B-12 1mcg Vitamin B-6 1.2mg *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.