Filipino Recipes – Pork Tocino – Pinoy Food


Tocino is a very popular processed food originating from the province of Pampanga. It is a very delicious recipe that you can prepare on any given day. The sweet and salty taste makes this recipe a favorite for kids. My son, for one, loves the pork tocino so much. Not only Filipinos find this dish delectable. Some foreigners have also come to love the taste after being introduced to it. 

This cured meat product is a native Filipino delicacy. It is comparable to the ham and bacon prepared in western countries. The name tocino is a Spanish word and is used to describe cured meat or bacon. If you are a business-minded type of person, you can make this recipe and sell your finished product so that you can earn extra money. 


  • 4 kilos of pork round or shoulder butt (pigue or kasim)
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons of curing salt
  • 4 teaspoons of phosphate
  • 2 tablets ascorbic acid (crushed)
  • ½ cup anisado wine
  • ¼ cup crushed garlic
  • ½ cup rock salt
  • red food color (optional)  

Cooking Procedure: 

  • Across the grain, slice the pork into ¼ inch thick cuts then place inside the refrigerator.
  • Mix water and phosphate.
  • Using a non-reactive bowl, mix the phosphate solution, curing salt, and rock salt. Stir well then coat the meat completely by tossing.
  • Pour in the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  • Cure for 8-10 hours at room temperature or 1-2 days inside the refrigerator.
  • Place inside polyethylene bags. For this preparation, you can have 10 packs with ½ kilo each.
  • Keep frozen if necessary.
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