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Pork Hamonado

My husband’s lola used to make this dish during Christmas.  When she passed away, no one else in the family knew how to cook it.  Last holiday season, I decided to look for an easy recipe so we can have this dish for Noche Buena.  It turned out really good and I plan to cook this often for my kids’ baon for school.



  • 1 kilo pork pigue, sliced thinly to make 2 pieces (tapa style)
  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1-1/3 tsp. iodized salt
  • 2 tsp. praque powder (for 1/8 tsp. salitre)
  • 200 grams pork fat, sliced into 8 strips
  • 1 can (439 grams) pineapple chunks, drained (reserve syrup)
  • 1 can (35 cl) pineapple juice


Combine sugar, salt and praque powder or salitre. Rub mixture on pork. Spread pork and alternately arrange slices of pork fat and pineapple chunks until all ingredients are used up. Roll and tie firmly with crocheting thread.

Combine dripping from pork, pineapple chunks syrup and pineapple juice then marinate meat overnight. Simmer meat in marinade for 1 hour. Remove thread from meat then chill if desired for ease of cutting.  Continue simmering the marinade for 5 minutes or until thick and serve as sauce.   Let cool before slicing the meat then arrange in a platter.

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  1. Laurie 2009-01-22, 10:42 pm

    You are off to a great start Liza. You should take advantage of the invite to join Foodbuzz that I have on my blog. They pay quite nicely. Be sure to tell them I sent you if you decide to join. And good luck with the foodie blog:)

    Lauries last blog post..Yukon Ranch Potato Salad with Crispy Bacon

  2. liz 2009-01-23, 7:27 am

    oh laurie, i’m so sorry, i have already signed up when i saw your comment. i wish i’d known early. sorry :(

  3. maiylah 2009-02-6, 10:28 am

    sarap naman! thanks for sharing the recipe, sis! :)

    maiylahs last blog post..Food Friday

  4. helena ong 2009-11-27, 6:14 am

    parehas tayo pero i omit praque powder or salitre kung pambahay lang. pero kung pang matagalan o pambenta use it. and its better na carrot , hotdog and fat strip sa gitna bago i rolyo para mas maganda pag hiniwa.

  5. Manang 2009-12-2, 9:40 am

    Hi Liza,
    Someone was asking me if I had a recipe for hamonado (I don’t, and my mother used to make pork hamonado by just simmering in pineapple juice and brown sugar plus other spices). Yours look really special (although knowing my husband, he would never consider eating this with all the fat in between the lean meat, so I probably will never try this recipe, pardon me.)! So I am gonna direct her (the one who asked me) to your recipe here. Thanks a lot!
    .-= Manang´s last blog ..Thanksgiving Dinner =-.

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