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Pork Char Siu

If you love a juicy, sweet & sticky barbecue, give this easy Chinese barbecue recipe a try! Delicious char siu is you can easily make at home!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Marinate1 hr
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: barbecue, char siu, chinese, pork
Servings: 6 Servings
Author: Bebs Lott


Ingredients for Marinate

  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 4 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp Chinese five spices
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar

For the Meat

  • 500 grams pork belly

For Glaze

  • leftover marinate


Marinating the pork

  • Add all ingredients for the marinate sauce in a bowl and mix well.
  • Rub the pork belly with the sauce and soak in the marinate for 1 hour or overnight in the fridge for better results.

Preparing the glaze

  • Remove the meat from the marinade and let it sit for an hour in room temperature.
  • Transfer the marinade to a small pot. Cook it on low heat on a stove for 5 minutes or when the sauce starts to boil and thickens.
  • Set it aside for later use at the end of grilling.

Cooking the Char Siu in an Oven

  • Place the meat on the tray or roasting rack. Preheat the oven to 374°F (190°C).
  • Once the oven is heated, cook the pork for 20 minutes. Flip the pork and cook for another 20 minutes.
  • Flip and glaze the meat every 3-5 minutes until all the glaze is brushed on. Don’t worry if there are charred sections!
  • Once the meat is done (when it reaches an internal temperature of 145F (62C)), let it rest for 10 minutes, cut it up and enjoy! Bon Appetit!

Cooking the Char Siu on a Barbecue Grill

  • Startup the grill and cook the char siu for 15 mins on one side, then flip it for another 10 mins. 
  • Glazed 4-5 times, flipping the meat every minute to prevent burning
  • When the meat looks red, sticky and slightly burnt, remove it from the BBQ and let it rest for 10 mins. Cut it up and enjoy! Bon Appetit!