Pork Tocino – Sweet & Sticky Filipino Pork – How to Make Sweet & Sticky Pork at Home!!!

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Pork Tocino - Sweet & Sticky Filipino Pork - How to Make Sweet & Sticky Pork at Home!!!
Recipe type: Pork
Cuisine: Filipino
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Serves: 4-6
This sweet and sticky braised pork is out of this world. Marinated for days, this absolutely tender treat will become legend in your household.
  • 1kg Pork Shoulder, deboned, cut into 8mm slices
  • 180g Brown sugar
  • 3 Drops red food coloring (optional)
  • 125ml Ginger beer (or pineapple juice)
  • 60ml Light soy sauce
  • 2.5ml Garlic powder
  • 2 x 240ml Water
  1. Pour the ginger beer, light soy sauce, brown sugar and garlic powder into a large food-safe container.
  2. Traditionally this recipe would use pineapple juice instead of ginger beer, but I just find the ginger beer gives it that extra something that makes it really special.
  3. In addition, if you want the traditional red color, you can achieve by adding 3 drops of food coloring. As this doesn't have any bearing on the taste, I leave it out.
  4. Stir the mixture until all of the sugar has dissolved. Place the pork shoulder in the marinade, transfer to your refrigerator and allow this to cure for 2 to 3 days, turning the meat each day.
  5. After the marinating, you will need to cook the pork in 2 batches. For each batch you will need 240ml of water. Place this in a large wok or pan, add half of the pork and half of the marinade. Bring it to a boil over medium high heat.
  6. Continue to boil, turning the meat every couple of minutes.
  7. After 10 to 15 minutes the water will have mostly evaporated leaving a thick sticky syrup. Continue turning and wiping the pork in the syrup until it develops a thick glaze.
  8. Remove the pork from the wok and keep it warm while you continue with next batch.
  9. Serve the pork hot with rice or noodles and pickled Asian ginger.


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