Father Leo’s Cola Pork Skewers

  •     1 (12-ounce) can or bottle cola soda
  •     1/2 cup soy sauce
  •     6 tablespoons ketchup
  •     3 bay leaves
  •     5 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  •     3 pounds pork butt, cut into 1-inch cubes
  •     salt and pepper
  •     olive oil


  1. At least 4 to 5 hours before cooking, and up to 24 hours, pour out the cola into a non-reactive (non-aluminum) bowl and let sit until flat (no longer fizzy).
  2. Add the soy sauce, ketchup, bay leaves, and garlic, and stir well.
  3. Season the pork with salt and pepper and add to the bowl, stirring gently to coat all sides of the pork. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours.
  4. Prepare a gas or charcoal grill for direct grilling over high heat. If using bamboo skewers, put them into a pan and cover with water for 10 to 30 minutes (to retard burning).
  5. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Remove the pork from the marinade and thread about 7 cubes onto each skewer, placing each finished skewer on the prepared cookie sheet. Drizzle each skewer with a bit of olive oil, turning to drizzle all sides.
  6. Grill, turning every 3 to 5 minutes, until all sides are done to your liking. Serve with rice.

Recipe from “Grace Before Meals,” by Father Leo Patalinghug (Leo McWatkins Film, 2007)

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