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Smokin’ Chinese BBQ Pork

Welcome back to Smokin’ and Grillin’ wit AB! Today, I’ve got a recipe that’s gonna take your taste buds on a journey to flavor town: Chinese BBQ Pork! Picture this—tender, juicy pork, marinated in a mouthwatering blend of hoisin sauce, soy sauce, and oyster sauce, then baked to perfection with a caramelized sugar crust. Trust me, folks, this ain’t your average weeknight dinner. Get ready to elevate your dinner game with this irresistible Chinese BBQ Pork recipe!

Why should you make this dish, you ask? Well, let me tell ya—this Chinese BBQ Pork is like a flavor bomb that’s gonna explode in your mouth with every bite! It’s savory, it’s sweet, it’s sticky, it’s oh-so-satisfying. Whether you’re hosting a dinner party, craving some homemade takeout, or simply looking to impress your family with your culinary skills, this dish is guaranteed to hit the spot. Plus, it’s super easy to make and can be customized to suit your taste preferences. So what are you waiting for? Let’s get grillin’!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 lb boneless pork shoulder or butt
  • ½ cup hoisin sauce
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 green onions, sliced, for garnish

Step-by-Step Guide:

  • Begin by cutting the pork into cubed pieces, approximately 1 inch by 1 inch. This will ensure that the pork cooks evenly and absorbs the marinade more effectively. Set the pork aside for now.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, minced garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, garlic powder, and black pepper until well combined. Add the cubed pork to the marinade and toss until the pork is evenly coated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or foil and allow the pork to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours, or preferably overnight.
  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a large 9×13 baking dish.
  • Spread the marinated pork and sauce onto the prepared baking dish, ensuring that the pork is spread out evenly in a single layer. Sprinkle the top of the pork evenly with granulated sugar. This will caramelize as the pork cooks, creating a delicious crust.
  • Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven and bake the pork for approximately 20 to 25 minutes, or until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C).
  • For an extra crispy finish, you can switch the oven to broil and broil each side of the pork for 3-4 minutes (6-8 minutes total) at the end of cooking.
  • Once cooked through, garnish the Chinese BBQ Pork with sliced green onions for a pop of freshness. Serve hot alongside your favorite side dishes.

Expert Tips and Tricks:

  • For extra flavor, try adding a splash of rice vinegar or sesame oil to the marinade.
  • Don’t skip the sugar! It helps create that irresistible caramelized crust on the pork.
  • If you’re short on time, you can marinate the pork for as little as 30 minutes, but for maximum flavor, I recommend marinating it overnight.
  • Leftover Chinese BBQ Pork makes for fantastic sandwiches, stir-fries, or fried rice the next day!

Variations:

  1. Swap out the pork for chicken thighs or beef strips for a different twist.
  2. Experiment with different marinade ingredients, such as honey, ginger, or five-spice powder.
  3. Add pineapple chunks to the skewers for a sweet and savory combination.
  4. Grill the marinated pork skewers for a smoky charred flavor.
  5. Try using the Chinese BBQ Pork as a filling for steamed buns or dumplings.
  6. Serve the pork over a bed of steamed rice or noodles for a hearty meal.
  7. Make a spicy version by adding extra crushed red pepper flakes or sriracha to the marinade.
  8. Use the leftover marinade as a glaze for grilled vegetables or tofu.
  9. Add a splash of dark soy sauce for a richer color and flavor.
  10. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds or chopped cilantro for an extra touch of freshness.

What to Serve With It:

  1. Steamed white or brown rice
  2. Stir-fried vegetables
  3. Egg fried rice
  4. Steamed broccoli or bok choy
  5. Sesame noodles
  6. Vegetable spring rolls
  7. Chinese-style coleslaw
  8. Garlic noodles
  9. Scallion pancakes
  10. Egg drop soup

Freezing:

If you happen to have leftovers (which is rare because this Chinese BBQ Pork is so delicious!), you can freeze it for later enjoyment. Here’s how:

  1. Allow the cooked Chinese BBQ Pork to cool completely to room temperature.
  2. Transfer the pork to an airtight freezer-safe container or resealable plastic bag, removing as much air as possible before sealing.
  3. Label the container with the date and contents.
  4. Place the container in the freezer and store for up to 2 months.

Reheating:

When you’re ready to enjoy your frozen Chinese BBQ Pork, follow these simple reheating instructions:

  1. Thaw the frozen pork overnight in the refrigerator, allowing it to defrost completely.
  2. Once thawed, transfer the pork to a microwave-safe dish or skillet.
  3. Microwave on high in 30-second intervals, stirring occasionally, until the pork is heated through.
  4. Alternatively, you can reheat the pork in a skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until warmed through.
  5. Serve hot and enjoy the delicious flavors of your Chinese BBQ Pork once again!

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Chinese BBQ Pork

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Cut the pork into cubed pieces, roughly 1 inch by 1 inch, as this helps the pork cook evenly and absorb the marinade better. Set aside.

  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the hoisin sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, minced garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, garlic powder, and black pepper. Add the cubed pork to the marinade and toss until evenly coated. Cover with saran wrap or foil and allow to marinate for 8 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.

  3. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a large 9×13 baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.

  4. Spread the marinated pork and sauce onto the prepared baking sheet, ensuring the meat is in an even layer. Sprinkle the top of the meat evenly with granulated sugar, which will caramelize and create a delicious crust as it cooks.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 20 to 25 minutes, or until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C).

  6. Optional: For extra crispiness, switch the oven to broil and broil each side of the pork for 3-4 minutes (6-8 minutes total) at the end of cooking.

  7. Garnish your Chinese BBQ Pork with sliced green onions and serve alongside sticky rice for a delicious meal.

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My name is Aaron Brown. You can call me “A.B.”

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