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How To Make Pork Tocino (Sweet Cured Pork)

Learn how to make delicious and healthy pork tocino with this easy homemade recipe. No preservatives, just natural ingredients for a classic Filipino dish.
Prep Time3 days
Cook Time6 minutes
Total Time3 days 6 minutes
Course: Pork Recipe
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: pork tocino, tocino
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 445kcal
Author: Manny


  • 1/2 kilo pork shoulder or kasim slice into 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp of red food coloring or annatto powder
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/8 cup pineapple juice optional
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


How To Make Pork Tocino (Sweet Cured Pork):

  • Combine the ingredients: brown sugar, food coloring, soy sauce, garlic, pinepple juice and salt in a mixing bowl.
  • Put the sliced pork in the bowl and rub the mixture liberally on all sides of the pork.
  • You can either use a zip bag and put all the pork and mixture or in a tupperware container for curing the pork.
  • Put inside a refrigerator and cure for 2 to 3 days.
  • After curing the pork, you can either fry or grill it. Heat at least 4 tablespoons of cooking oil.
  • Fry the tocino at least 3 minutes on each sides until browned on medium to high heat or until cooked.
  • Don't overcook because it will become too dry and tough.
  • Serve with fried egg and fried rice or java rice


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Nutrition notes:
Calorie is derived from VeryWellFit.Com recipe nutrition calculator.
Cooking Tips:
  1. Make sure to slice the pork shoulder or kasim thinly, around 1/4 inch thick. This will help it cook evenly and quickly.
  2. When curing the pork, make sure to use a container that can be tightly sealed, such as a zip bag or Tupperware container. This will help the meat absorb the flavors of the marinade more effectively.
  3. If you don't have red food coloring or annatto powder, you can omit this ingredient. The tocino will still taste delicious without it.
  4. When frying the tocino, make sure to heat the oil over medium-high heat. This will help the meat cook quickly and evenly without burning.
  5. Don't overcook the tocino, as it can become dry and tough. Cook each side for around 3 minutes or until browned, and remove from the pan as soon as it is cooked through.