Char Siu Recipe: Sweet, Sticky, and Delicious Chinese BBQ Pork

Get ready to impress your friends and family with this Char Siu recipe! Sweet, sticky, and finger-licking good, this Chinese BBQ pork is a must-try.

Char Siu is a classic dish in Cantonese cuisine, and it’s also a popular dish in Chinese households around the world. The sweet and savory flavor of the pork, combined with its tender and juicy texture, makes it a crowd-pleaser. In this recipe, we’ll show you how to make Char Siu at home, using a simple marinade and a few pantry staples.


  • 1 lb pork loin
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp rice wine
  • 1 tsp five spice powder
  • 1 tsp red food coloring (optional)


  1. Cut the pork loin into 1-inch thick slices.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, hoisin sauce, honey, rice wine, five spice powder, and red food coloring (if using).
  3. Add the pork slices to the marinade, making sure each piece is evenly coated. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight for best results.


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  2. Place the marinated pork slices on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the pork is cooked through and the sauce is caramelized.

Tips and Tricks:

  • If you don’t have rice wine, you can substitute with dry sherry or mirin.
  • If you don’t have five spice powder, you can use a combination of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seeds, star anise, and black peppercorns.
  • If you don’t have red food coloring, you can skip it. The Char Siu will still be delicious, just not as red as the traditional version.


  • Char Siu can also be grilled or roasted on the stovetop using a grill pan or a cast iron skillet.
  • You can also use boneless chicken thighs or other cuts of pork for this recipe.

Char Siu is a delicious and easy-to-make dish that is perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re serving it as a main course or as a snack, this Chinese BBQ pork is sure to please. So, why not give it a try and let us know how it turns out!

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