Monday, September 23, 2013

Slow Cooker Char Siu (Chinese Barbecued Pork)

Better than restaurant quality. Easy prep. Went great with white rice and asparagus. Recipe from Cook's Country.


1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp five spice powder
1/2 tsp pepper
1 (5-6 lb.) boneless pork butt roast, trimmed and sliced crosswise into 1-inch-thick steaks
1/3 cup hoisin
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tbsp dry sherry
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
2 garlic cloves, minced

1. Combine salt, 3/4 tsp five spice, and pepper in bowl. Rub mixture all over pork and put pork in slow cooker. Cook on low 6 hours.

2. When pork is nearly done, combine hoisin, honey, sugar, soy sauce, ketchup, sherry, oil, ginger, garlic, and remaining 3/4 tsp five spice in bowl. Set wire rack inside aluminum foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Pour 1 cup water into sheet. Adjust oven rack 4 inches from broiler element and heat broiler.

3. Transfer pork to prepared baking sheet. Bush pork with one third of sauce and broil 5 minutes. Flip pork, brush with another third of sauce, and broil another 5 minutes. Brush pork with remaining sauce and broil 3 more minutes. Transfer to carving board and let rest 10 minutes. Slice crosswise into thin strips and serve.


  1. This is dupe of PBS Cook's Country recipe. It is really ecellent! I thank this site for posting it here. I get miffed by C.C. always trying to sell memberships by blocking out their TV show's recipes. I have cooked this 3 times, a after cooking "char siu" in the traditional fashion. This slow cooker method keeps the meat more moist.

  2. Fabulous - glad i'd written out the ingredients as Cook's Country introduced this on TV. Excellent recipe!! Thanks for sharing on the net as well.