Char Siu (Cantonese Sweet BBQ Roast Pork)

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Char Siu (Cantonese Sweet BBQ Roast Pork)

Ingredients:
  1. 10 lbs of boneless pork shoulder butt

Marinade:
  1. 1 Tbsp Hawaiian salt or coarse sea/kosher salt
  2. 1/4 cup soy sauce
  3. 4 slices ginger, crushed, peeled and minced fine
  4. 1/4 cup warmed honey or maltose
  5. 1/4 cup white or brown sugar. Splenda may be used as a substitute.
  6. 2 cloves garlic, crushed, peeled and minced fine
  7. 1/4 cup Shaoxing wine or straight whiskey
  8. 2 Tbsp Chinese 5-spice powder
  9. 1/4 cup oyster flavor sauce
  10. 1 Tbsp paste red food coloring
  11. 1 Tbsp MSG optional

Instructions:
  • Cut pork lengthwise into 2 x 8 inch long strips.
  • Mix marinade well in large metal bowl.
  • Add pork to marinade and mix through. Use thongs or very clean hands.
  • Marinate for 8-12 hrs overnight in refrigerator, turning occasionally.
  • Preheat oven to 400° F. & place a roasting pan filled w/ 1/2 inch of water.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • To serve, slice finely thin across the grain. Char siu strip slabs may be frozen for convenience with other great chinese dishes.