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Chinese Barbeque Pork (Char Siu)

Rated as 4.78 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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5 h 10 m servings 513
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  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.
  2. Cut pork roast in half lengthwise. Cut each half again lengthwise forming 4 long, thick pieces of pork.
  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.
  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.
  5. Remove sections of pork from marinade and let excess drip off. Place on prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with kosher salt to taste.
  6. Transfer pork sections to grate over indirect heat on prepared grill. Cover and cook about 45 minutes. Brush with marinade; turn. Continue cooking until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center reads 185 and 190 degrees F, about 1 hour and 15 minutes more. Do not use any more marinade on cooked meat until after you boil it.
  7. Place leftover marinade in saucepan; bring to a boil; let simmer 1 minutes. Remove from heat. Now you can use it to brush over the cooked pork.


  • Chef's Notes:
  • If you happen to be using your standard, backyard kettle-shaped grill, push all your coals to one side, and place your meat on the other. To add an extra layer of protection, you can also put it in a roasting pan, and place that on the grill. Or, forget the great outdoors, and simply roast it in the oven. The only catch is, you'll need to place it under the broiler at the end, to simulate the caramelization we get on the barbeque.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 513 calories; 21.9 49.1 26 90 2421 Full nutrition

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Closest to authentic I've found, even has the actual darker more genuine color than the usual bright red restaurant versions. I do add (4) 1/4" thick fresh ginger coins, smashed and chopped, ...

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It smelled better than it tasted. The only substitution we made was to use rice vinegar instead of sherry because the sherry disappeared before I made the dish. The leftovers did not re-heat wel...

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Closest to authentic I've found, even has the actual darker more genuine color than the usual bright red restaurant versions. I do add (4) 1/4" thick fresh ginger coins, smashed and chopped, ...

This is a great dish if you are looking for a tasty Chinese style BBQ! I followed directions as written, leaving out only the cayenne pepper so my 2 year old could eat it. I marinaded these ov...

Absolutely great recipe! I used pork tenderloin instead of pork shoulder and I couldn't find five spice powder or star anise at my local supermarket so I substituted allspice with a pinch of gin...

I was pleasantly surprised with how good this turned out. While it didn't taste exactly as the bbq pork from Chinatown tastes, it is a more than worthy substitute. I made my marinade with oyster...

I made this as written except for a few small changes: 1) I used country ribs because that's what I had on hand, 2) I did not add additional salt at the end, and 3) did not use any red food colo...

This came out so delicious. I baked it because I don't have a grill. The family loved it!! DEFINITELY will make this again.

This was AMAZING!!! My hubby could not stop raving about how delicious it was! Cut my pork tenderloin into 4 equal pieces and let it marinate for 18 hours before grilling low and slow on the B...

This was very good! I made some changes since I did not have rice wine, hoisin or cayenne on hand. I used rice wine vinegar, teriyaki and chili powder as substitutes. I also used pork loin and a...

This is exactly what I was looking for. My family loved it. They also loved the fried rice I made a couple of days later.