Char Siu (Chinese Sweet Barbecued Pork)

READY IN: 4hrs 10mins
Recipe by ChrisMc

This is a traditional Chinese recipe for pork - the pork is very flavorful and fairly sweet. I had never heard of this until my first trip to Hawaii; now I know what I was missing. I'm posting a companion recipe for this (Cha Siu Bao - barbecued pork buns) in a few days. Prep time includes marinating time.

Top Review by Petey Camaro

Very good. I marinated it for a day and then slow cooked it on the BBQ - very good. I also whipped up a little sauce to pour over top of it and the white rice. It consisted of the same ingredients as the marinate but I added a chicken broth with corn starch to make it into more of a sauce. Add some sauteed pea-pods and you have a great meal!!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Trim the fat from the pork and cut into chunks; each chunk should be between 2-4 bites.
  2. Blend all remaining ingredients.
  3. The pork and marinade should be fairly bright red- add enough food coloring to give it a nice color.
  4. Marinate for at least 3 and preferable 24 hours.
  5. Broil or grill for 3-4 minutes on a side or until the pork is done through.

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