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Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork)

Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork) | Dads That Cook

By Jason Glover

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Char Siu is pork shoulder that's been marinated and grilled (or baked) with a sweet and sticky glaze. Find out what makes this one of the most popular meat dishes in Chinese cuisine!

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Yields4 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time35 minsTotal Time50 mins

 3 lbs pork shoulder, cut into 3-inch thick strips
Marinade
 2 tbsp honey
 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
 2 tbsp soy sauce or coconut aminos
 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
 4 slices ginger, roughly chopped
 2 tsp Chinese five spice
 2 tbsp Chinese rice cooking wine
 ½ tsp salt
Glaze
 2 tbsp honey
 leftover marinade

Marinate the Pork
1

Combine the ingredients for the marinade in a large bowl or Ziploc bag and mix well. Add the pork strips and marinate in the fridge for 24 hours.

Prep the Glaze
2

After 24 hours, remove the pork from the marinade and bring to room temperature (takes about an hour).

3

Transfer the marinade to a small pot and strain out the ginger and garlic.

4

Add 2 tablespoons honey to the marinade and mix well.

5

Cook over low heat for about 5 minutes, until it begins to boil. Remove from heat and set aside.

Cook the Pork
6

Preheat grill to 325°F.

7

Grill the pork for 15 minutes on one side, flip, and continue cooking for another 10 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F.

8

Brush the pork with the glaze, let cook for a minute, flip and repeat 3-4 times.

9

When the pork is red, sticky, and slightly charred, remove it from the grill and let rest for 20 minutes.

10

Alternatively, you can cook the pork in a 400°F oven - Place the pork on a roasting rack, cook for 20 minutes, flip, and cook another 20 minutes. After cooking for 40 minutes, begin glazing and flipping the pork every 3-5 minutes until all of the glaze has been used. Check for an internal temperature of 145°F, remove from the oven, and let rest for 10-15 minutes.

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Ingredients

 3 lbs pork shoulder, cut into 3-inch thick strips
Marinade
 2 tbsp honey
 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
 2 tbsp soy sauce or coconut aminos
 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
 4 slices ginger, roughly chopped
 2 tsp Chinese five spice
 2 tbsp Chinese rice cooking wine
 ½ tsp salt
Glaze
 2 tbsp honey
 leftover marinade

Directions

Marinate the Pork
1

Combine the ingredients for the marinade in a large bowl or Ziploc bag and mix well. Add the pork strips and marinate in the fridge for 24 hours.

Prep the Glaze
2

After 24 hours, remove the pork from the marinade and bring to room temperature (takes about an hour).

3

Transfer the marinade to a small pot and strain out the ginger and garlic.

4

Add 2 tablespoons honey to the marinade and mix well.

5

Cook over low heat for about 5 minutes, until it begins to boil. Remove from heat and set aside.

Cook the Pork
6

Preheat grill to 325°F.

7

Grill the pork for 15 minutes on one side, flip, and continue cooking for another 10 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F.

8

Brush the pork with the glaze, let cook for a minute, flip and repeat 3-4 times.

9

When the pork is red, sticky, and slightly charred, remove it from the grill and let rest for 20 minutes.

10

Alternatively, you can cook the pork in a 400°F oven - Place the pork on a roasting rack, cook for 20 minutes, flip, and cook another 20 minutes. After cooking for 40 minutes, begin glazing and flipping the pork every 3-5 minutes until all of the glaze has been used. Check for an internal temperature of 145°F, remove from the oven, and let rest for 10-15 minutes.

Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork)

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