Pinoy Style Chicken Barbecue

Pinoy Style Chicken Barbecue

Mmmmmm. Just the smell of it makes your day. Barbecue in the Philippines is a big deal, almost every street corner someone is selling that charcoal grilled goodies, from chicken, to pork and even offal such as chicken and pork intestines (isaw), liver, chicken heart, chicken head, chicken neck, chicken feet (adidas) even coagulated pork blood (betamax). But for the faint hearted we always have the ever trusted meat – The Chicken.

There are a lot of ways barbecuing Chicken but most of the Filipinos prefer it the sweet style like how the famous Aristocrats Chicken Barbecue is, good match with Atchara (a green papaya chutney) and Java Rice.


10 pcs chicken legs
1 cup tomato catsup (it’s called tomato sauce here in NZ)
1 can 7Up or Sprite
1 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup sugar
1 whole garlic, minced
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp oil
1/2 cup water


  1. In a deep bowl, mix thoroughly 7 up, soy sauce, sugar, tomato catsup, garlic, lemon juice, freshly ground black pepper and oil.
  2. Add chicken and coat them evenly.
  3. Set aside and keep in a fridge covered for at least 24 hours.
  4. Separate liquid from the chicken.
  5. In a sauce pan, mix water and cornstarch, when there is no more lumps add the separated liquid.
  6. Cook the sauce and simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Prepare your charcoal barbecue and when it is ready you can now place the chicken.  When the charcoal side is already dry you can turn over the chicken and baste the top with the sauce. Repeat this process until chicken is cooked.

24 Responses

  1. This sounds like a very tasty recipe – very interesting using sprite.
    🙂 Mandy

  2. Very interesting marinade. Adidas? Did you make it up or is it really called adidas?

  3. I’ve never used soda in my BBQ, but see it often. I imagine marinating it that long the acids from the soda really tenderize the meat. Those legs look great.

  4. OMG that looks amazing! I am definitely making this, the next time my family BBQs. This will be a hit!

  5. Do you know how long it took me to take my eyes of this wonderful, delicious photo you provided? I know you’re a great photographer, but making me this hungry is just no right lol. Seriously. This BBQ chicken looks wonderful and I love the soda included. I’ve seen many sauces made this way. Love this

  6. Does the 7-up do something (like tenderize) beyond adding sweetness? Just curious. This sounds so interesting and delicious.

    • rsmacaalay says:

      It helps in tenderizing the meat, the soda from the drink is the culprit. While the lemon and sugar adds to the flavours. That’s why the beef in chinese restaurants is so tender and nearly jelly like in texture because they add baking soda to their marinade.

  7. adrian says:

    is it one whole garlic head or clove? i dont want to kill someone lol looking forward to try this one

  8. That sure does sound sweet and delicious!

  9. nice color once done with bbq and must been bursting with taste too.

  10. Meri says:

    I bet it does smell incredible! The boyfriend has been grilling every. single. night. for the past 2-3 weeks, and it has smelled so good I keep the window to the patio open and it is just deelicious smelling.

  11. foodjaunts says:

    Bookmarked! I was actually just researching how to do chicken bbq and when I was looking at another post happened to see this. It’s perfect!

  12. Leyley says:

    when my mom used to make this she would use banana ketchup( minus the 1/2 cup sugar)…she would add a little bit of coconut vinegar or regular vinegar..sometimes add pineapple juice..

  13. If I plan to use calamansi instead of lemon.. how many pieces should I use? :))

  14. Ofhel says:

    It’s looks tasty & delicious even though I haven’t tasted it yet.

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