Pork Hamonado recipe is a popular Filipino stew made with pork and pineapple. Meat will have a refreshing pineapple flavor.
Don’t confuse the term “hamonado” with “hamon” which means ham. This recipe is not about making ham.
What is pork hamonado
Pork Hamonado is a sweet and savory dish that is almost similar to sweet and sour pork.
Pork is marinated in pineapple juice, brown sugar, ground pepper and soy sauce for an hour. An hour is good enough, if you like a subtle sweetness.
I find this recipe to be sweeter than sweet and sour.
For this recipe, I used a combination of pineapple juice and pureed pineapple.
Can you marinate pork in pineapple juice overnight
I don't suggest marinated meat overnight in pineapple juice. A few hours is sufficient but overnight is not recommended, it can ruin your meat.
Fresh pineapple juice contains an enzyme bromelain which is used as a natural meat tenderizer.
It breaks down protein and marinating overnight can make meat wet and mushy.
How to Make Pork Hamonado Recipe
Again, I will repeat, marinate meat in pineapple for an hour or two and not any longer for subtle sweetness and to keep it's shape and not fall apart.
Marinating for a few hours will allow meat to pick up the pineapple flavor.
This recipe for pork hamonado is easy that you can make it an everyday dish. Enjoy!
Pork Hamonado Recipe
- 1 ½ pounds pork belly or country ribs sliced 2 inches x 1 inch
- ¾ cup pineapple juice 15 oz 425g Pineapple Chunk
- ½ cup pineapple chunks pureed fresh or canned
- ½ can pineapple chunks for garnish
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- ¼ cup beef broth
- ½ cup rum or beer or lime
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 small onion chopped
- 6 cloves garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon peppercorn
- 2 laurel or bay leaves
- 2 tablespoons oil
- Salt or fish sauce to taste
- In a bowl, combine pineapple juice, brown sugar, ground pepper and soy sauce and marinate pork for an hour.
- Saute onion for 2 minutes.
- Add garlic and cook until golden.
- Saute pork until light brown and a bit crusty.
- Pour marinate, broth and rum or beer.
- Add peppercorn and laurel leaves.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat and lower temperature to medium-low.
- Simmer mixture until tender and sauce is reduced.
- Season with salt or fish sauce.
- Serve while hot with lots of rice.
- Marinate pork for an hour or two only. Pineapple breaks down protein and marinating overnight can make meat wet and mushy.