Time needed: 5 days and 45 minutes.

Makes: 4 servings

1 kilo pork liempo slab

4 tablespoons white sugar
2 tablespoons rock salt
1 tablespoon curing salt/pink salt/Prague powder

2 cups pineapple juice
1 cup light beer (pale Pilsen)
½ cup white sugar, plus more for glazing
3 pieces whole star anise


  1. Prepare pork

    Remove skin and any bones. Prick the fat with a knife or fork multiple times.

  2. Make curing solution

    In a bowl, mix together the white sugar, rock salt, and curing salt until well combined.

  3. Cure pork

    Massage the cure onto the pork, refrigerate for 3-5 days to marinate. Rinse well.

  4. Make sauce

    n a pot over medium heat, combine the pineapple juice, beer, sugar, and star anise. Mix until the sugar has fully dissolved.

  5. Simmer pork

    Add the cured pork to the sauce and boil for about 10-15 minutes or until tender and cooked through. Continue to cook the boiling liquid until reduced to a thick, syrupy sauce. Set sauce aside.

  6. Coat in sugar

    Sprinkle a generous amount of sugar all over the cooked pork.

  7. Caramelize

    Using hot steel, a torch, or an oven, caramelize the sugar all over the pork. Slice and serve with the sauce.

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