Chinese Barbecued Pork: adapted from Martin Yan's recipe for Char Siu. Pork marinated in hoisin, soy sauce and spices.
Holidays, Main Courses - meat, Pork

Easy Homemade Chinese Barbecued Pork (Tasty Tuesdays)

In honor of the Year of the Rooster beginning on Saturday, I thought I’d share one of our favorite Chinese dishes with you: Char Siu. That delicious Chinese Barbecued Pork served in a bright red sauce in Chinese restaurants is so easy to make at home and would be a great way to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

Chinese Barbecued Pork: Martin Yan's recipe for Char Siu. Pork marinated in hoisin, soy sauce and spices.

This recipe is from Martin Yan’s Feast: The Best of Yan Can Cook, (affiliate link, click here for more details) one of my favorite cookbooks.

The original recipe calls for pork shoulder or butt, however I usually end up using a pork tenderloin to make is a bit less fatty. Additionally I almost never add the food coloring, which is why my sauce looks a bit paler than that you will find in a restaurant. Same great taste though.

You should be able to easily find all of the ingredients in the Asian section of a well stocked grocery store. If you want to learn more about Chinese New Year and try your hand at making your own e-card with the Chinese symbol for blessing and happiness check out this site.

Jínián jíxiáng (Good luck for this Rooster year)


Chinese Barbecued Pork (Char Siu)

Prep time4 hours, 5 minutes
Cook time1 hour, 15 minutes
Total time5 hours, 20 minutes
Meal type Meat Dishes, Pork
Occasion New Years Eve
From book Martin Yan's Feast: The Best of Yan Can Cook
Chinese Barbecued Pork: adapted from Martin Yan's recipe for Char Siu. Pork marinated in hoisin, soy sauce and spices.


  • 3lb pork shoulder or butt
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (preferably low sodium)
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice


  • 1 tablespoon sesame seed paste
  • 4-5 drops red food coloring


Don't be put off by the long preparation and cooking time. It is almost all hands off time.


Trim pork of excess fat and cut into slices approximately 8 x 3 x 1 inch (about the size of your hand).
Combine all remaining ingredients for marinade. Pour over pork slices in a large bowl or large zip to lock plastic bag. Marinate 4 hours to overnight, turning meat occasionally.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a broiler pan with aluminum foil (or a rimmed baking pan with rack placed inside).
Place meat on the rack, reserve marinade for basting.
Bake for 30 minutes, turn over and baste. Bake for 30-45 minutes longer until pork is cooked to at least 145 degrees, basting occasionally.
Remove pork from oven and tent with aluminum foil for 10 minutes. Cut into thin slices before serving.


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7 thoughts on “Easy Homemade Chinese Barbecued Pork (Tasty Tuesdays)”

    1. Thanks, Jean. I agree about the food coloring, though I admit some of it was laziness of not wanting to rummage through the cupboard to find the food dye buried in the back. 😉

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