Saturday, April 23, 2011

Guam's BBQ Marinade for Beef, Chicken and Pork Spare Ribs

I am originally from Santa Maria, California, known in those parts for Santa Maria Style BBQ. Tri-tip is probably one of our most famous cuts that we use there. But it is not the original cut. Here is a web link for a little history on Santa Maria BBQ:

Anyway, when I moved to Guam in 1986, I was literally taken back by the delicious flavor of the island marinade. You have got to try this out.

Beef short ribs marinaded island style.

Here is the recipe:

1 cup of soy sauce (we use Kikkoman)
1 cup of vinegar, either white or apple cider
1 medium onion, sliced
6 cloves of garlic, minced
1-2 tablespoons of freshly minced ginger (optional)
Freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Allow your meat to marinade....the longer the better.

There are many variations, some will put a little sugar, but it is all about individual taste. It's all good!!!

Marinaded BBQ'd Pork Spare Ribs.

I hope you try this out. I think you will enjoy something different.

Until next time....


cowgirl said...

Wow that looks and sounds so tasty! Thank you for the recipe, I hope to try it soon. :)

Rueben said...

Cowgirl, you won't regret it...

Bob said...

Nice blog Rueben. I followed Cowgirl over here but I like what you have. Keep it up.

Rueben said...

Hey Bob, welcome aboard. I appreciate your comment and taking the time to have a look.

Stacia said...

I wish I had seen your blog a year ago. I am from Santa Maria also and lived in Guam for 13 months. I just moved back this past April. I love your recipes and will be using them back here in the states. My dad turned 80 in May and I did Guam fiesta food for his party. It turned out great.

Rueben said...

Wow!! A Santa Marian on Guam. It feels good to talk to someone from my hometown. I am glad you like the blogsite. My other site is BBQGuam. There is a link on this site.

Please give your Dad a happy belated B-Day wish from me. He is about the same age as my mother.

If you have any other questions on Guam recipes or others, send me an email. The email link is on my profile.

Thanks for commenting Stacia and I hope you become a follower and also follow by email.

Take care, Rueben.

Cyndi said...


Thank you for creating this blog! I spent a good bit of time on Guam visiting the military education centers. One of my favorite places to go was a little place outside of NcTAMS. They prepared the best of everything Guam! I am a cancer patient and anything with vinegar is my safe food right now. I am so happy to find this. The only modifications I have to make are cooking the meat pretty well done and unfortunately, the peppers will be absent for a few more months. I'm hoping to get the favor without the pepper and addin extra cilantro. Any thoughts ?

Rueben said...

Thank you for visiting my blog Cyndi!!

I would first say that I am sorry that you have to experience and endure the rigors of cancer. We pray that our Lord will heal you of this disease. I can tell by your message that you have the positive attitude and strength needed. We had a son who experienced the disease also, so we are familiar, somewhat, with what you are experiencing. So God bless you.

Regarding peppers and such, are you on a modified diet? Are spicy items out? Let me know your limitations and dislikes and I am sure I can put something together for you with regards to modifying the recipes that you will see on my blogs.

Have you visited my other blog? It is called BBQGuam and it's address is

God be with you and you are in our prayers Cyndi. Looking forward to hearing back from you.

Adios for now, (:{

John said...

Ha, I'm from Santa Maria too. I moved to Washington state in 1988. All my friends go crazy for the SM style BBQ. I'm going to Guam next month. Can't wait to try the local BBQ. I'm going to try your marinade this weekend. Thanks. I was told to go to the Sunset Grill on Marine Corps drive, across and down the street from the Harley shop. Any other Guam places to eat that you recommend?