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char siu in a serving bowl

BBQ Pork "Char Siu"

Make this "BBQ Pork Char Siu" recipe at home in your oven without any sesame or food coloring. I love this recipe because it's very flavorful and tender, and you can use the leftovers to make char siu bao or char siu cheung fun. This recipe does not use any peanuts, tree nuts, egg, dairy, shellfish, fish, or sesame.

Course Main Entree
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword bbq pork, char siu
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
marinate several hours (up to overnight) 3 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 200 kcal
Author Sharon Wong


  • 3 pounds pork country style ribs 1/2 tray from Costco*
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon black bean paste
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ginger powder or 1 tablespoon finely minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder or 2-3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon Chinese 5 Spice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper or ground white pepper


  1. Whisk together all marinade ingredients in a large bowl, set aside.
  2. Prepare meat by piercing it all over with a fork, add to the marinade and mix.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight and mix the meat again with a fork at least one time.
  4. About 90 minutes before your targeted meal time, preheat oven to 450 °F, take the meat out of the refrigerator, and line a rimmed cookie sheet or a jelly roll pan with foil and place a roasting rack or a large sturdy cooling rack in it.
  5. Drape meat on rack, arranging larger pieces along the edges and smaller pieces in the center for even cooking.
  6. Roast for 20 minutes until the meat looks mahogany colored and the edges start to carmelize and brown and flip each piece of meat over to continue roasting for another 20-25 minutes.
  7. When the second side also looks nicely roasted, remove the tray from the oven and tent the meat with foil for 10 minutes.
  8. To serve, cut the pork across the grain into 1/2 inch thick slices.