How to Make Pork Tocino

Pork tocino is a popular Filipino dish that is made of cured meat. It is best served during breakfast together with garlic fried rice, sunny side-up egg, and fresh tomatoes. The process of making tocino is fairly easy, you should definitely try it!



  • 2 lbs pork shoulder, cut into 1/4 inch thickness
  • 1/4 cup vinegar, to add before frying (optional)
  • cooking oil, for frying


  • 1 tbsp kosher or table salt, dissolved in 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 head garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar or cane vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 tbsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp red food color, optional


  1. In a bowl, mix all the marinade ingredients together. Make sure to dissolve the sugar completely.
  2. Pour the marinade and knead it into the meat to completely absorb.
  3. Put in a covered food container and leave inside the refrigerator to cure for 2-3 days.
  4. When ready to cook, mix in the vinegar, then drain the excess liquid.
  5. Fry in cooking oil using medium heat.
  6. Serve with garlic fried rice, sunny side-up egg, and slices of tomatoes. Enjoy your pork tocino!

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