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.

Recipe Facts

Active: 45 mins
Total: 0 mins
Serves: 6 to 8 servings
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 pounds pork shoulder cut into 1/4-inch slices


  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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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
249 Calories
14g Fat
16g Carbs
15g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 249
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 57mg 19%
Sodium 1056mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 16g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 227mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)