Tocino (Filipino-Style Grilled Cured Pork) Recipe

Photographs: Joshua Bousel

There isn't much to Filipino-style tocino—just thinly sliced pork shoulder cured in salt and sugar for a few days—but the sweet, chewy Filipino breakfast meat that results is amazing, especially when paired with some garlic fried rice and egg.

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Active: 45 mins
Total: 0 mins
Makes: 2 pounds

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  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons annatto powder
  • 1 teaspoon Anisette
  • 1/4 teaspoon pink salt (aka InstaCure, Prague Powder)
  • 2 lbs pork shoulder cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • Type of fire: Direct
  • Grill heat: medium-high


  1. To make the cure: In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, white sugar, salt, annatto powder, Anisette, and pink salt.

  2. Place pork slices in a medium container. Add in cure and toss to evenly coat pork. Cover and let cure in refrigerator for 3 days.

  3. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over entire surface of coal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Grill pork slices over medium-high direct heat until lightly charred and cooked through, about 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate, let rest for 5 minutes, then serve.

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