Filipino Humba

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This is my adaptation of a Filipino favorite. I’ve made this for my mom and a group of Chinese grandmothers that live in my neighborhood. They all approved.


  • 5lb pork butt (sometimes it says butt/shoulder) try and get one with as much skin as possible
  • a few Tbsp’s of olive oil
  • 2 or 2 ½ cups apple cider vinegar
  • 4 or 5 cups chicken stock (preferably home made but I’ve done it with canned stock)
  • 1 ½ cups soy sauce
  • 6 Tbsp brown sugar
  • whole head of garlic, chopped
  • 3 laurel leaves (bay leaves)
  • a hand full of whole black peppercorns (aprox 3 Tbsp’s)
  • 2 Tbsp dried or 3Tbsp fresh oregano


  • Dutch oven or large roasting pan


  1. Cut the meat into 4-5 pieces
  2. Sear the meat in small amount of olive oil over a high heat
  3. Add 2 parts chicken stock to every 1 part apple cider vinegar ( fill until the meat is ¾ covered).
  4. Add brown sugar, soy sauce, full head of garlic in whole cloves, laurel leaves, black peppercorns and oregano.
  5. Reduce heat and cook uncovered. Should take like 2 hours to cook but you should check every ½ hr and move the pork pieces around. You’ll know it’s done when the sauce get’s sticky and the meat is breaking apart.
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Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, Marc.

(I have had the good fortune to eat this wonderful dish, in disbelief that something so simple can taste so wonderful.)

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I made this tonight for dinner and oh my stars was it good! I’d give this recipe 6 stars if I could. It was both easy and mouthwatering delicious.

I made a few simple adjustments.

  1. My butcher didn’t carry pork butt but he did have shoulder.
  2. I cut the shoulder into pieces that were about 4”x4”.
  3. I added an extra tablespoon of brown sugar for good measure.

Early in the cooking process I tasted the sauce and got a little scared. It tasted too vinegary. That’s why I added the extra sugar. But the additional sweetener was unnecessary. As the sauce thickened it mellowed into a delightful flavor.

Divine. I can’t recommend this recipe enough.

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Anyone who likes this recipe should also try John’s Classic Chicken in Vinegar. It is another recipe that takes advantage of the sweet vinegar taste.

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