Beef Morcon

If there’s one Filipino dish that’s so close to my heart…it’s Beef Morcon. It  is one of those Filipino favorites that my Mom loved to cook during special occasions and special family dinner. Now that she’s gone, it’s one of the things that remind me of those birthdays and Christmases that I celebrated with my mom. Everytime I make this dish, it’s like I’m reconnecting with her…
Let me share with you my Mom’s Beef Morcon recipe that I altered a bit. You will find this dish irresistible, and you definitely won’t regret if you’ll make this a part of any holiday feast or even just your regular dinner menu. Beef Morcon is a delectable beef dish that you’ll surely love. It’s not only delicious, it’s nutritious too. The best thing about Beef Morcon is that you can prepare it ahead of time!

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Beef Morcon

Yield: 4 rolls


  • 3 lbs. beef shoulder roast
  • salt & pepper
  • garlic powder
  • 1 medium sized carrot, quartered lengthwise
  • 1 celery stalk, cut into same length as the carrot
  • 1 whole pickled cucumber, quartered lengthwise
  • 1 pc. hickory smoked sausage, quartered lengthwise
  • 4 slices hickory smoked bacon
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 medium sized onion,chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 3/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • Parsley flakes, for garnish


  1. Slice the beef into thin sheets. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  2. Wrap a quarter of carrot, celery, sausage and pickled cucumber with a slice of bacon. Put on one end of each slice of beef. Roll the beef, keeping the filling in the center. Tie with kitchen twine to ensure that the roll won't open up while cooking.
  3. Dredge each beef roll in flour. In a big skillet over medium heat, fry rolls in vegetable oil until they are evenly light brown. Remove from pan and set aside.
  4. In a large saucepan over medium heat, saute garlic, onions and tomatoes in 2 Tbsp oil (used in frying the rolls) for a minute. Add the stock, bay leaves, pineapple juice, soy sauce and tomato sauce. Mix well and bring to a boil.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to suit your taste. Reduce heat to medium low. Add the beef rolls and simmer for about two hours or until tender. Remove beef rolls from saucepan and allow to cool down a little.
  6. Meanwhile, strain the sauce and then simmer until thick.
  7. Remove kitchen twine from the beef rolls. Cut into slices, approximately 1/2 inch thick and arrange on a serving plate. Pour sauce over the roll slices then serve.

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 Beef Morcon

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