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Char Siu - Chinese BBQ Pork

Oven method for cooking classic Chinese Red Pork or Char Siu Pork with homemade Char Siu Sauce
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Marinating Time8 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
Course: Pork
Cuisine: Chinese
Servings: 12 people
Calories: 446.13kcal



  • Combine all the ingredients except the pork and the food coloring in a saucepan. Heat for 1-2 minutes until everything is melted and you have a smooth sauce.
  • Remove most of the top layer of fat from the pork. Pierce the pork all over with a fork. Season gently with a little salt. Place the pork in a bowl.
  • Add food coloring to the sauce and stir to combine.
  • In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of the sauce with the pork. Rotate the meat several times so it is well coated on all sides with the sauce.
  • Cover and put in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Reserve the rest of the sauce for cooking the next day.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Shake off the excess sauce. Place pork on a rack in a roasting pan lined with aluminum foil.
  • Roast for 2 1/2 - 3 hours, until internal temperature is 140 F. Baste it every 1/2 hour with the reserved sauce. SEE NOTES.
  • Let it rest for at least 15 minutes. Slice and brush with the remaining sauce. Smoky, sweet and luxurious!
  • Slice as desired.
  • Serve with rice, noodles, soup and more.


If using boneless pork, the cooking time will be greatly reduced. You do not want to overcook the meat, so check the internal temperature after 45 minutes.
Although this may appear to be a gluten free recipe, many of the Asian condiments include wheat/gluten, so please make sure to purchase wheat free versions for gluten free Char Siu Pork.


Calories: 446.13kcal | Carbohydrates: 17.82g | Protein: 27.48g | Fat: 28.61g | Saturated Fat: 9.64g | Sodium: 606.24mg | Fiber: 0.35g | Sugar: 15.36g
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