Recipe: Adobo

A hand raises a piece of meat from an adobo dish with a fork.
Adobo from "Family Ingredients"

Whether it’s returning to the source, chasing your love, respecting the land or awakening the past – "Family Ingredients" is a journey where host Ed Kenney highlights a simple dish that reminds us of the importance of family, friends and purpose.

Learn how to make Adobo, featured in "Family Ingredients."



Serves 5


  • 2 lbs. pork belly, cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and left whole
  • 1 large red onion, cut in wedges
  • 1/3 cup shoyu (soy sauce)
  • 1/3 cup vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorn

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To Prepare

  • Heat a large heavy bottomed skillet on medium high heat.
  • Add oil and allow to come to temperature.
  • Add pork belly, cooking until pieces are brown and beginning to crisp.
  • Add garlic, red onion, shoyu, vinegar, and water. Simmer on medium and add bay leaves and black peppercorns.
  • Allow to simmer for about 30 minutes or until pork belly is tender and the sauce has reduced by one third. Serve with rice.
Watch a preview of the "Family Ingredients" episode featuring this recipe.


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