Chinese Barbecued Pork

Adapted from Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge

If you don’t want to make it yourself and you live near a Chinatown you’ll see it hanging in the windows of some Cantonese restaurants. The homemade is of course far superior to store bought which often has red food coloring. For the hoisin sauce and bean sauce I prefer Koon Chun brand.

1 pound boneless pork shoulder or butt, well trimmed
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
1 tablespoon Shao Hsing rice wine or dry sherry
1 tablespoon bean sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 tablespoon honey*

Halve the pork lengthwise. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, black soy sauce, rice wine, bean sauce, sesame oil, and pepper. Pour mixture over the pork, making sure the pork is well coated. Loosely cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight, turning the pork from time to time.

When ready to roast, let the pork come to room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat the broiler. Place a rack in a roasting pan and add enough water so that it reaches a depth of 1/4-inch in the pan. Remove the pork from the marinade, reserving the marinade. Place the pork on the rack, leaving about 1-inch of space between the pieces. Using a spoon drizzle the honey as evenly as possible over the pork.

Carefully place the pan under the broiler (the pork should be about 4-inches from the broiler element), and broil until the meat is just beginning to char slightly, 7 to 10 minutes. Monitor the water level in the roasting pan to make sure it never falls below 1/4-inch. Turn the pork, brush with the reserved marinade, and broil until the meat is just beginning to char, 7 to 10 minutes, or until pork registers 155°F when tested with a meat thermometer. If pork is getting too charred, lightly cover with a small piece of aluminum foil. Carefully, remove barbecued pork from broiler and set on a cutting board to cool for 10 minutes. Cut the pork into 1/4-inch-thick slices and serve warm or at room temperature or save to use in Yangchow Fried Rice.

*Here is the local honey that we used: Old Greenwich Honey

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12 Responses to Chinese Barbecued Pork

  1. Valerie Whincup says:

    Getting boneless pork shoulder/butt is very hard to find where I am. Would it be possible to substitute pork tenderloin? Thank you for you help.

  2. Sandra Seldon says:

    This is a question about Chinese bbq pork. I have tried two times to make this but the meat is so chewy. I made the short version from your recipe and the long version roasting the pork over two hours. What other cut would you recommend? Or is it something else?

  3. Linda says:

    I looked at the recipe on the website and the water is in that recipe. Viewers often alert me to mistakes like that. I am glad you managed to make it work and like the recipe.

  4. Arthur ALLEN says:

    This was terrific but needs to be watched carefully to avoid burning. Made the rice the next day and we loved that too.

  5. Marie Antoinette Allen says:

    I just saw the episode that featured this recipe. Can’t wait to try it, I have no doubt it will be a longtime favorite.

  6. mary hart says:

    Wonderful recipe!

  7. Jeanne C Hawkins says:

    Love watching her cook.

  8. John Rivera says:

    I would like to have more information about your program with the lady working on the Pork fried rice episode

  9. Debbie Helland says:

    This recipe is excellent! I have made the pork a few times, it turns out excellent everytime!! Serving in the stir fry is perfect. Thank you fir such a delicious recipe.

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