Tocino is a Philippine-made, cured pork dish that is usually a breakfast favorite.  Taken from the shoulder, loin or rear of a pig, tocinofalls under the category of sinful delicacies.  It can be purchased from grocery stores or you can make a homemade version of it.  Choosing the latter means taking the necessary steps of which we are all too happy to share with you.


How to Make Pork Tocino
How to Make Pork Tocino



  • 1 kg. of pork loin, shoulder or rear
  • 3 tbsp. of soy sauce
  • ½ cup of ordinary vinegar
  • ½ – 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. of table salt
  • 3 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. food coloring (optional)
  • 1/2 cup of pineapple juice (optional)



  1. Slice the meat, maintaining a quarter of an inch or an eighth (1/8) of an inch if you dare for much thinner cuts. Make sure that bones or bone titbits are completely eliminated for tocino is known for its ready to chew quality
  2. Make a curing or marinade mixture by incorporating the soy sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, minced garlic, onion powder, salt and/or food coloring into a large mixing bowl. You can also add half a cup of pineapple juice to add a sharp taste.
  3. Rub and massage pork with the mixture, and then marinate.
  4. Refrigerate the marinated pork for about three days for the curing process.
  5. After the curing period, you can choose between grilling and panfrying the pork. For panfrying, heat up skillet over medium high heat and pour oil. Fry the tocino for about 2-3 minutes per side or until golden brown.
  6. Serve tocino with hot white rice which then would be called as arrozblanco con tocino (translated into English, it means ‘white rice with tocino’).
  7. If you want grilled tocino, then prepare your grill and cook tocino for about 2-3 minutes per side or until you attain your desired effect.
  8. Set aside the tocino for about 5 minutes before serving.
  9. You can pair up your tocino with fried eggs and serve with garlic rice. It’s a great breakfast combo meal for an energized morning.



  • You can use finely chopped onions if onion powder is not available.
  • You can refrigerate the pork for several minutes before cutting. The refrigeration process will render the meat firmer so you can cut it easily.
  • Substitute red beet powder instead of food coloring if you want.
How to Make Pork Tocino
How to Make Pork Tocino