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Chinese Barbeque Pork (Char Siu)


310 min

Chinese Barbeque Pork (Char Siu)

Chinese Barbeque Pork (Char Siu) Photo 1




310 min


6 persons




4.00 rating-star (107)


Author: Victoria Bailey
In addition to its impressive high-gloss appearance and savory taste, this Chinese barbeque pork is quite easy to make at home — even without a fancy ceramic grill.


  • soy sauce: 0.66667 cup
  • honey: 0.5 cup
  • Chinese rice wine (or sake or dry sherry): 0.5 cup
  • hoisin sauce: 0.33333 cup
  • ketchup: 0.33333 cup
  • brown sugar: 0.33333 cup
  • garlic, crushed: 4 clove
  • Chinese five-spice powder: 1 tsp
  • freshly ground black pepper: 0.5 tsp
  • cayenne pepper: 0.25 tsp
  • pink curing salt (Optional): 0.125 tsp
  • (3 pound) boneless pork butt (shoulder): 1 piece
  • red food coloring, or as desired (Optional): 1 tsp
  • kosher salt, or to taste: 1 tsp

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Stages of cooking

  1. Place soy sauce, honey, rice wine, hoisin sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, garlic, five-spice powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and curing salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil on high heat; reduce heat to medium-high. Cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Cool to room temperature.
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  2. Cut pork roast in half lengthwise. Cut each half again lengthwise forming 4 long, thick pieces of pork.
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  3. Transfer cooled sauce to a large mixing bowl. Stir in red food coloring. Place pork sections into sauce and coat each piece. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 4 to 12 hours.
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  4. Preheat grill for medium heat, 275 to 300 degrees F (135 to 150 degrees C) and lightly oil the grate. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
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  5. Remove sections of pork from marinade and let excess drip off. Place on prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with kosher salt to taste.
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  6. Transfer pork sections to grate over indirect heat on the prepared grill. Cover and cook for about 45 minutes. Brush with marinade; turn. Continue cooking until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center reads at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C), about 1 hour and 15 minutes more. Do not use any more marinade on cooked meat until after you boil it.
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  7. Place leftover marinade in a saucepan; bring to a boil; let simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Now you can use it to brush over the cooked pork.
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History of the Chinese Barbeque Pork (Char Siu) Chinese Barbeque Pork, also known as Char Siu, is a popular Cantonese dish that has been enjoyed for over 2,000 years. The traditional method of Char Siu involves suspending long strips of seasoned pork over wood-burning ovens, allowing the meat to cook slowly and develop its sweet and savory flavors. Today, Char Siu is commonly found in Chinese restaurants all over the world and can easily be made at home.

Tips and Tricks for Chinese Barbeque Pork (Char Siu) Recipe

  • Use a boneless pork butt or shoulder for the best results, as it has the right amount of fat and muscle for tender and flavorful Char Siu.
  • Pink curing salt is optional but will help give the pork a bright red color and a unique flavor. It can be found at specialty food stores or online retailers.
  • Let the pork marinate for at least 4 hours but no more than 12 hours. Too little marinating time will result in bland meat, whereas too much time will cause the meat to become mushy.
  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure that the pork is cooked through and safe to eat. The internal temperature should reach at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).
  • Reserve some of the marinade for brushing over the cooked pork, but be sure to boil it first to eliminate any harmful bacteria from the raw meat.

Tips for presenting the dish

  • Slice the Char Siu against the grain into thin, uniform pieces for a beautiful and visually appealing presentation.
  • Serve the Char Siu with steamed rice and vegetables for a balanced and flavorful meal.
  • Garnish with chopped green onions or sesame seeds for added texture and flavor.

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