Char Siu Pork - Chinese BBQ Pork

6 servings


2 days 1 hour 35 minutes

total time


1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar (white also ok)

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup hoisin sauce

2 tbsp light soy sauce (, or all purpose soy, Note 1)

1 tbsp soy sauce (, just all purpose, or more light soy, Note 1)

1 tsp Chinese five spice powder (Note 2)

1 tbsp oil (vegetable or canola, Note 3)

2 tsp red food colouring (, optional, Note 4)

1 ⅕ - 1.5kg / 2.4 - 3lb pork scotch fillet (aka collar neck, pork neck) OR pork shoulder (Note 5)

2 tbsp Extra Honey


Marinade pork:

Cut pork in half to make two long strips. (Note 5)

Mix Marinade ingredients in a bowl.

Place the pork and Marinade in a stain proof container or ziplock bag. Marinate 24 to 48 hours in the fridge (3 hours is the bare minimum).

To Roast:

Preheat oven to 160C/320F.

Line a tray with foil and place a rack on top (recommended but not critical).

Remove pork from the marinade, save Marinade. Place pork on rack.

Roast for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, pour reserved marinade in a saucepan. Mix Extra Honey into marinade. Bring to simmer over medium high and cook for 2 minutes until syrupy. Remove from heat.

Remove pork from oven. Dab marinade all over, then turn. Baste then roast for a further 30 minutes.

Remove pork from oven. Brush with marinade again, then turn, brush with marinade and roast for a further 20 minutes. If charring too quickly, cover with foil.

Baste again on surface then bake for a further 10 minutes until caramelised and sticky. Meat should be tender but not falling apart, like with pulled pork. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

Serve with rice and steamed Chinese greens. See notes for more uses!


Serving Size



438 kcal

Total Fat

17 g

Saturated Fat

5 g

Unsaturated Fat


Trans Fat



150 mg


852 mg

Total Carbohydrate

20 g

Dietary Fiber

1 g

Total Sugars

18 g


48 g

6 servings


2 days 1 hour 35 minutes

total time
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