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This Chinese BBQ pork recipe is one of the most sought Chinese dishes. It's one of the Chinese pork recipes that will satisfy both the cook and the guests, great for parties.

It definitely has a position among both the best Chinese recipes and the popular Chinese recipes. Chinese and non-Chinese are enjoying it all over the world.

The Chinese BBQ pork recipe was originally from Canton, the southeastern province of China, with a Cantonese name Char Siu, or Char Siew, in Mandarin Cha Shao.

The native name Char Siu is very descriptive of the way it is made. Char means fork, Siu mean roast. Put the two together, means "fork-roasted."

It gives us two ways to do it in modern time, one is to use the toaster oven, one is to be on an open fire. A barbecue grill would be handy.

Ingredients :

  • Pork butt, boneless -- around 2.5 pounds.

    Tip: Pork butt is ideal for making Chinese BBQ pork, because it is lean. Though it's tender already, if you want it to be even juicier, you can choose the fattier part of the pork.
  • Hoisin sauce -- 3/4 cup

    Hoisin sauce is not something you can easily in a western supermart at present time. So I put a Amazon link here in case you want to buy it. You may have many choices on Amazon, this one is chosen because I think the 3 bottles package deal is better.

    If you don't know what it is, don't have it and don;t want to buy it? Well, don't worry, we have alternatives, either substitute it with wet bean curd, or see extra tips below about how to make the sauce. It's the sauce that can be used in your own best Chinese recipes.

  • Soy sauce -- 1/2cup (use organic soy sauce if possible.)
  • Rice wine -- 1/2cup (dry sherry would do too if you don't have rice wine.)
  • Honey -- 1/3 cup
  • Sugar -- 1 tablespoon, (use Splenda if you have diabetic concerns or just want it to be healthier.)
  • Minced ginger--1 tablespoon (Optional, I personally like to have. )
  • Red food color -- 2 tablespoons (Optional, I don't recommend it unless you really want a deep red color for the outcome.) Now that we've had all the ingredients ready, time to make the Chinese BBQ pork recipe work.


Step 1:

  • Slice pork butt into strips; 2 x 5 inches would be good. It's not strict.

  • Mix together the above mentioned ingredients (2-6) in a large bowl, then add the pork strips to marinate.

    Tip: Time is your best friend in terms of marinating. Plan ahead so you have at least 2 hours to let the time to work for you when you can do something else. It's preferably overnight. I like to do this dish on weekends; normally I spend a few minutes to prepare and leave it in refrigerate on Friday or Saturday night. The second day, I take it out to cook. A little planning saves the headache for a busy person.

Step 2:
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees Farhenheit or 218 degrees Celsius. When the oven is heating, add a rack to the roasting pan and fill the pan with water just below the rack, then lightly wiping any excess marinade from the pork or letting it drip for a while, save the excess marinade for later use if you don't have enough left in the marinade bowl. This can let this Chinese BBQ pork recipe work best.

  • Put the strips neatly on the rack in the roasting pan.

    Tip: Filling the pan with water is very important. That makes the pork tender. Place the pan in the well-heated oven and roast for 10 minutes.

  • Reduce heat to 325 degrees Farhenheit or 163 degrees Celsius and roast for another 30-40 minutes, turning and basting 3-4 times with the remaining marinade.

Step 3:

Cut the pork into bite-sized pieces and serve. Voila!

Enjoy your party/meal withe the Chinese BBQ pork recipe!

Other Tips About This Chinese BBQ Pork Recipe:

  1. If you want the pork to have an attractive glaze, add honey ten minutes before it's ready.
  2. As a sauce, this Chinese pork recipe (Char Siu) is versatile. Be creative with the use of it; have your own variations. Maybe you want to try it out on chickens or beef, too.
  3. Suit it to your personal taste by adding 1 tablespoon hot bean paste for a spicier marinade.
  4. Don't have the Hoisin sauce or wet bean curd? Click here to see my home-made Chinese barbecue sauce recipe.



Here is another Char Siu Pork Recipe, a simpler one. And here is a site with recipes for type 2 diabetes.



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