I cannot express how happy I am that I have found this recipe, and that it is so incredibly delicious, and easy. I love BBQ pork, but find that the cuts I can buy from my local Asian foods market is too fatty for my tastes. This recipe requires planning, because it is best if marinated for 24 hours, and need to be marinated a minimum of 8 hours. Aside from the pre-planning required, it is actually incredibly easy. I love throwing this in ramen soup (see my recipe for Shio Ramen), in bao (see my recipe for Bao), or just on its own with some rice and vegetables. Enjoy!
Chinese BBQ Pork, Cha Siu
Prep time: min. 8 hours, 24 hrs recommended
Cook time: 1 hour
Serves: 2 as main dish with rice/side dish, 4-5 as add-in to ramen
1.5 lbs pork (recommended: pork butt or shoulder, with fat; my preference is tenderloin)
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp five spice powder
1 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp sherry or Chinese plum wine
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp hoisin sauce
2 tsp tomato paste
2 tsp molasses
1 tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp hot water
Cut pork into long strips about 3″ thick. Don’t trim any excess fat. Put the pork into a large ziploc.
Combine the rest of the ingredients in a bowl to make the BBQ sauce. Reserve about 2 tbsp to baste while baking, and pour the rest over the pork. Make sure the pork is well coated, seal the ziploc, and marinate for minimum 12 hours. This dish is best if marinated for 24 hours.
Preheat oven to 475F. Line a baking sheet with foil and place a metal rack over top (if you don’t have a metal rack use a roasting pan). Place the pork on the rack, leaving space between cuts. Baste with some of the marinade, and bake for 25 minutes. (It is recommended to add some water to the bottom of the pan to prevent the juices from burning.)
After 25 minutes, flip the pork over and baste again with remaining marinade. Bake for another 25 minutes.
Flip pork over again, baste with reserved BBQ sauce, and turn oven to broil. Flip after 5 minutes, baste with remaining reserved BBQ sauce. Bake for another 5 minutes, then remove from oven and let sit 10 minutes. Slice thinly and serve.