BBQ Pork Recipe (Char Siu Pork / Char Siew Pork)

Learn how to make char siu pork from scratch. This barbecued Chinese char sui pork recipe gives the pork a sweet shiny glaze. The perfect main dish to serve at a party. It’s so versatile and can be used in a variety of other dishes.

This Char Siew Pork recipe is so good, you’ll want to make it again and again! The pork is marinated in a mouth-watering sauce, then grilled to perfection. It’s the perfect dish to bring to a potluck or family gathering. Plus, it’s easy to make ahead of time and can be stored in the fridge for up to four days.


  • 1 lb pork butt (cut into 4 pieces)
  • 3 clove garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • Char Siu (Char Siew) Sauce:

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons maltose
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese rose wine
  • 3 dashes white pepper powder
  • 3 drops red coloring (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil


  1. Add all ingredients in the char siu sauce in a sauce pan, heat it up and stir-well until all blended and become slightly thickened and sticky. (It will yield 1/2 cup char siu sauce.) Transfer out and let cool.
  2. Marinate the pork butt pieces with 2/3 of the char siu sauce and the chopped garlic overnight. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil into the remaining char siu sauce. Keep in the fridge.
  3. The next day, heat the oven to 375 degree F and roast the char siu for 15 minutes (shake off the excess char siu sauce before roasting).
  4. Transfer them out of the oven and thread the char siu pieces on metal skewers and grill them over fire (I used my stove top). Brush the remaining char siu sauce while grilling until the char siu are perfectly charred.
  5. Slice the char siu into bite-size pieces, drizzle the remaining char siu sauce over and serve immediately with steamed white rice.