Char Siu–glazed Pork and Pineapple Buns

Recipe by kmergirl
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READY IN: 4hrs 15mins
SERVES: 8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Make brine: In a large pot, bring 3 1/2 cups water to a boil. Stir in salt, brown sugar, and vanilla. Chill until cool.
  • Put pork in a 9- by 13-in. pan and pour on brine. Chill at least 3 hours and up to 12. Make char siu glaze: In a small bowl, mix together ketchup, hoisin, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and soy sauce. Pour half the sauce into another small bowl. Prepare grill for indirect medium heat (350° to 450°; you can hold your hand 5 inches above cooking grate only 5 to 7 seconds). Lay pork over indirect-heat area and cook, covered, until meat reaches 135° on a meat thermometer, 15 to 20 minutes. Using a pastry brush and one bowl of glaze, cover pork with glaze, saving 2 tablespoons for the pineapple. Cook pork (if using charcoal, add 6 to 8 briquets to maintain temperature), turning occasionally, until glaze has caramelized slightly and meat thermometer reaches 145°, 5 to 10 minutes. Transfer pork to a cutting board, tent with foil, and let rest 15 minutes. Lay pineapple slices on direct-heat area of grill, brush with 2 tablespoons reserved glaze, and cook, turning once, until grill marks appear, about 4 minutes per side. Remove slices from grill and cut in half. Cut pork into 1/2-in. slices. Cut a deep diagonal slit across the top of each roll. Fill each roll with a piece of pork, half a grilled pineapple slice, a cilantro sprig, and 1/2 teaspoons glaze from second bowl. Serve rolls with remaining glaze for drizzling.
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