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Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siu)

This delicious recipe comes from one of our wonderful customers, enjoy!



Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siu)
Air Fryer and Oven Method
Ingredients can be found at an Asian grocery store or Amazon
Oven: Roasting pan with rack
Air Fryer: air fryer basket with pan
Large non reactive mixing bowl
Instant read thermometer
2 pounds pork butt or shoulder from Totum farm, sliced 1 to 2 inches wide but no
thicker than 1 inch. Length would be approximately 5 inches
1 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Chinese five spice
1 tbsp Sugar
1 piece red fermented tofu
1 tbsp red fermented tofu juice
3-4 cloves of minced garlic or 1.25 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp dry sherry
2 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp molasses
2 tbsp warm water
1 tbsp honey
Be sure to set aside 2 tablespoons of the marinade to be used during the roasting
Mix all of the ingredients together in the non reactive bowl and toss the pork slices in.
Be sure to cover the meat thoroughly.
Have a large enough plastic container with secure lid to accommodate the marinating
pork. You should rotate the container a few times to distribute the marinade evenly.

Or you can use a ziplock bag.
Marinade the pork slices overnight.
I’ve done this for 24 hours and it has a great result.
Next day:
Let pork come to room temperature. Preheat oven to 400F.
Place pork slices on rack, add two cups water to baking sheet.
Put pork in upper third of oven.
Roast for 20 minutes. Flip the meat over and let roast for another 20 minutes. Refill the
baking sheet with water.
Baste the meat with half the leftover marinade.
Put back in oven for another 10 minutes. In five minutes baste again.
Put the oven on broil and broil meat for a minute or so on each side.
Remove from oven and let rest 5 minutes. Slice on the diagonal and enjoy!
Let pork come to room temperature. Preheat fryer to 390F
Place pork slices in basket at least half an inch between slices. Add some water to the tray. 
Cook for four to five minutes one side, then turn. Brush on the leftover marinade and cook for another five.
Remove and let sit for about five minutes. Then slice on the diagonal and enjoy!
NB: Depending on your air fryer cooking time will vary. Your fryer may need to be set a little higher or a little lower. You may also not need to cook the meat as long as indicated.
MOST IMPORTANTLY the internal temp of the meat should register at least 145F. I went to the FDA site which stated if the meat looks pink it’s okay just so long the it’s at that temperature.

It’s been my experience that an air fryer does a superlative job and the BBQ pork is moist and delicious. It has a tendency to dry out in a conventional oven but it’s still tasty.