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Inihaw na Baboy – Grilled Pork – Air Fryer Ninja Foodi

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What’s on the grill? Inihaw na Baboy in the Air Fryer Ninja Foodi. The onset of the hot, humid summer made us yearn for outdoor barbecue favorites. But the weather patterns made us shift plans. A rainy day didn’t dampen our spirits, though. I discovered I can grill this all-time Filipino favorite on my Ninja Foodi, which has settings for an Air Fryer, as well.

Inihaw means grilled. We cook this grilled pork every summer on the outdoor grill. So, I can’t believe I haven’t discussed it or blogged about it since 2012.

This recipe is as simple and as basic as it gets. You only need to marinate the pork the night before and chill it in the refrigerator for flavors to penetrate and set in.

The next day, all you do is to turn on the Ninja Grill Air Fryer and cooking takes around 20 to 25 minutes, depending on the amount and thickness of the cuts. Once chopped, serve the pork straight off the grill.  Chop them in cubes. They are savory, sweet and tangy all at once, with a garlicky vinegar dipping sauce on the side. The slightly burnt, crisp edges on the sides make way for the tender, moist center. Serve warm and savor the delights of summer.

Inihaw na Baboy - Grilled Pork - Air Fryer Ninja Foodi

Inihaw na Baboy translates to Grilled Pork, which is a classic Filipino grilled meat entree. Use a good cut of pork belly or shoulder, fat trimmed. Marinate overnight in cider vinegar, lots of garlic, salt and black pepper. Grill the whole slab on the Ninja Grill if you want to stay indoors. Or on the outdoor barbecue grill if preferred. Serve immediately with a side dipping sauce of spicy vinegar. This is an Asian in America recipe by Elizabeth Ann Quirino.
Prep Time1 day
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time1 day 25 minutes
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Filipino
Keyword: Filipino Inihaw na Baboy Grilled Pork Barbecue
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 61kcal
Author: Asian in America - Elizabeth Ann Quirino


  • Ninja Foodi
  • Mixing bowls


  • 2 pounds pork belly or pork shoulder, fat trimmed, boneless

For marinade:

  • 2 Tablespoons finely minced garlic, about 8 cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper powder
  • ½ cup cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 cup ginger ale

For dipping sauce:

  • 1 cup vinegar, cider or white
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 pieces siling labuyo (bird's eye chilies)
  • 2 stalks scallions, chopped

For cooking:

  • cooking spray

For serving:

  • steamed or garlic rice


To marinate:

  • Combine all the marinade ingredients in a bowl.
    Add the whole slabs of pork to the marinade. Prick the meat with a fork randomly all over.
    Keep the marinated pork belly or shoulder in a resealable plastic bag and refrigerate overnight.

To cook in the Ninja Grill Air Fryer:

  • Take the pork out of the refrigerator. Discard the marinade liquid.
  • Spray the inside of the grill with cooking spray.
    Pre-heat the Ninja Foodi at 375 F for about 5 minutes.
  • Place the whole slabs of pork belly inside the Ninja Foodi
    Spray a little of the cooking spray on the meat.
    Cook at 375 F for about 20 to 25 minutes. Flip the meat, using a pair of tongs, at the first 10 minutes.
    *If using the Ninja Foodi, it would be the air crisp function.
  • When done, place the slabs of pork on a cutting board.
    Chop into 1-inch cubes or serving pieces. Serve warm immediately after cooking in the Ninja Grill.

To prepare dipping sauce:

  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl of mason jar. Mix well. Keep refrigerated till ready to serve.

To cook on the outdoor grill:

  • Clean the grates well and remove previous food residue.
    Spray the grates with cooking spray.
    Pre-heat the outdoor grill to High.
    Place the entire pork slab on the grill. Grill for about 30 to 35 minutes per pound of boneless meat, turning after the first 12 minutes.
    When done, chop into 1-inch cubes. Serve warm immediately with a side dipping sauce and steamed or garlic rice.

Cook's comments:

  • The Ninja Foodi is a brand name for an indoor grill and Air Fryer combined. This is not an ad and I was not compensated by the brand to endorse it. My opinions are my own.


Serving: 100g | Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.04g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 1677mg | Potassium: 78mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg


Notes on Nutrition: The nutrition information provided  in the recipe links is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and specific brands of ingredients used.

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