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Tocino Recipe (Sweet Cured Pork)

Tocino is a sweet cured meat typically served as Filipino breakfast. Try this easy and simple pork tocino recipe for that sweet, savory and tender tocino.
Prep Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Filipino
Keyword: tocino, tocino recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 257kcal
Author: Bebs


  • 2 pounds pork (butt, shoulder, ham or belly) - cut into ¼ inch thin
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons salt
  • 3 cloves garlic - finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup fruit juice, (pineapple, apple) (optional)
  • ½ tablespoons finely ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon rice flour (optional)
  • natural red food color (optional)


  • In a big bowl, combine all ingredients except for the pork slices. Mix until well blended.
  • Add the pork and mix using the hand, use hand gloves to avoid stains. Mix for several minutes to an hour.
  • Transfer to a container with a cover and let it sit overnight on the counter.
  • Mix again for a couple of times before putting in the fridge. Cure for 24 hours or up to 3 days. Can be frozen afterwards and stored longer.


Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 1990mg | Potassium: 383mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin C: 2.2mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1.5mg