Grilled Pork Ala Pobre

Grilled Pork Ala Pobre

Don’t confuse the name of this dish with “au poivre” which is a French word usually associated with steaks coated with loosely cracked peppercorns. The word “a la pobre” is a Spanish word which means “the poor” and it’s a way to describe dishes cooked with the cheapest and least ingredients that are prepared by a person with very limited means. It was a common definition used for the dishes that are served by peasants during the Spanish regime in the Philippines.

There are a lot of dishes associated with this term but the most common of them will be grilled meats like pork and cheap cuts of beef. Take note cheap and inexpensive cuts are usually used in this regard but with the modern versions of this dish I find it a bit ironic as I see restaurants serving this type of sauce over the top of some expensive meat cuts like Filet Mignon and Rib Eye.

Like the name suggest this is one really simple dish all you need to do is to grill some meat, pour some gravy on top then sprinkle some generous amounts of crispy fried garlic.

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Grilled Pork Ala Pobre

  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 3 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Filipino


Like the name suggest Grilled Pork Ala Pobre is a really simple dish all you need to do is to grill some meat, pour some gravy on top then sprinkle some generous amounts of crispy fried garlic.



Grilled Pork

  • 6 pcs 1/2 inch thick pork belly steaks
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper


  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 white onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp liquid seasoning
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 cup beef roast drippings
  • 1/4 cup fried garlic


  1. Season pork belly with salt and freshly ground black pepper then set aside in room temperature.
  2. In a sauce pan melt butter and sauté garlic and onions in medium heat until onions turn soft.
  3. Add flour and mix well.
  4. Add beef stock, beef drippings and liquid seasoning, mix well until free of lumps then simmer in low heat for 30 minutes.
  5. In a grill cooked pork belly steaks according to your liking.
  6. Place pork in plate, pour sauce on top and sprinkle a generous amount of fried garlic.


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7 Responses

  1. kitchenriffs says:

    Oh, wow! What a great looking dish — just wonderful. Thanks so much.

  2. Mmmm – sounds like my kind of dish – thanks Raymund.

  3. This looks so good! I really shouldn’t be looking at food blogs at midnight…

  4. mjskit says:

    Every carnivore needs to have your website bookmarked. You really know how to cook meat and you’re a genius with pork belly!

  5. Just sent this recipe to my BFF, making this for our girls night in next weekend. 🙂

  6. Beth says:

    yum! I would like to make this when we go home to the Philippines for our vacation. Sad that I can’t make it here 🙂

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