When people think Chinese BBQ Pork, they associate that with red colored pork with a sweet shiny glaze. Unless you are into dyed food, the red coloring is just that...red food coloring. I have been using this BBQ Pork marinade for years. My secret ingredient is hoisin or plum sauce. This sweet but tangy sauce together with the ketchup gives the marinate the sweet and sour complexity.
I will make my own Chinese BBQ sauce and use it to marinate ribs as well as thick slices of boneless pork shoulder / butt for Chinese BBQ pork.
I usually buy bulk baby back BBQ ribs and marinate them all and freeze the ribs for an easy dinner or when an unexpected dinner guest shows up.
When making Chinese BBQ pork with the boneless roast, besides eating it with rice, I like to make them as Chinese BBQ pork buns. Serve the slices of pork with the steamed buns and fixins. These make great appetizers, especially as a DIY meal!
Cut of Pork.
For the traditional boneless Chinese BBQ Pork, layers of fat gives the meat the tenderness and flavor. I usually buy the boneless butt or shoulder roast when it goes on sale and use that cut for various homestyle cooking dishes like "Steamed Pork Cake." or "Steamed Black Bean Sauce Pork with Mushrooms".
When marinating the pork, the meat is much tastier after marinating for several days in the refrigerator!
Slice the pork after letting it rest for 5 minutes.
Serve BBQ or roast pork with Chinese steamed buns, pickled cucumbers, cilantro, jalapeno peppers and hoisin sauce (optional). Pickled Chinese radish and carrots are also great for color and crunch!
CHINESE BBQ PORK
- Cut Roast to 1½ thick pieces
- Mix above sauce ingredients
- Marinate for at least 8 hours, preferably overnight or even several days!
- Roast or BBQ slices until internal temperature reads 160°F. Remove and let sit 5 minutes before cutting.