Cantonese Sweet BBQ Roast Pork Recipe

Cantonese Sweet BBQ Roast Pork Recipe


  • 10 lbs of boneless pork shoulder butt
  • 1 Tbsp Hawaiian salt or coarse sea/kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 4 slices ginger, crushed, peeled and minced fine
  • 1/4 cup warmed honey or maltose
  • 1/4 cup white or brown sugar. Splenda may be used as a substitute.
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed, peeled and minced fine
  • 1/4 cup Shaoxing wine or straight whiskey
  • 2 Tbsp Chinese 5-spice powder
  • 1/4 cup oyster flavor sauce
  • 1 Tbsp paste red food coloring
  • 1 Tbsp MSG optional


  1. Cut pork lengthwise into 2 x 8 inch long strips.
  2. Mix marinade well in large metal bowl.
  3. Add pork to marinade and mix through. Use thongs or very clean hands.
  4. Marinate for 8-12 hrs overnight in refrigerator, turning occasionally.
  5. Preheat oven to 400° F. & place a roasting pan filled w/ 1/2 inch of water.
  6. Place pork pieces flat on a wire rack set high in oven. You may even rig your own meat hooks from metal hangers to hang in your oven.
  7. Roast 30 minutes. Turn over & brushed with warmed honey or maltose. Continue to roast 15 min. Turn & brush again with honey. Roast another 15 minutes. Meat should have nicely charred edges with strands of glistening honey oozing and dripping.
  8. To serve, slice finely thin across the grain. Char siu strip slabs may be frozen for convenience with other great chinese dishes.
Recipe source: kaukautime

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