Char Siu Pork On The Mini

Discussion in 'Pork' started by disco, Apr 15, 2015.

  1. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It is spring. It is supposed to be warmer, right? The why did it snow while I was doing this smoke? Oh well, the food was good.

    I had seen an episode of Diners, Drive Ins and Dives a while ago and one of the dishes was Char Siu Pork cooked over open coals. It looked delicious. I thought it would be perfect for the mini.

    I started by making a marinade:

    125 ml (1/2 cup) soy sauce

    30 ml (2 tablespoons) hoisin

    3 ml (½ teaspoon) five spice

    5 ml (1 teaspoon) sriracha

    250 ml (1 cup) brown sugar

    5 ml (1 teaspoon) red food colouring

    I mixed it all until the sugar was dissolved.

    Normally Char Siu is made from a whole pork shoulder that has been cut into long strips of meat with the grain. I had found a pork shoulder roast on sale for a great price but it meant long strips were out of the question. So, I did chunks that were about 2 inches square. I put these in the marinade overnight, stirring from time to time.

    The next day, I fired the WSM mini up to 300 F with a chunk of pecan and no deflector below the meat. I cooked it to an internal temperature of 110 F and then turned it.

    I cooked it to an internal temperature of 170 F. It took about 45 minutes in all.

    I put them under foil for 10 minutes to rest while I made some vegetable chow mein. 

    The Verdict

    Wow! This is delicious. This is easy. This is definitely going to be made frequently. There is a nice sweet glaze and the slight licorice flavour of the five spice just sets it off. I just love this dish.

    Last edited: Apr 15, 2015
  2. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    Love me some char siu!!!


    It also goes great in an omelet.
  3. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks tasty. Always looking for new ways to make chicken
  4. Dang Disco, that looks great  I love that stuff    Good Job.    [​IMG]

  5. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks! I will have to try that.
    Thanks, Gary. It is the first time I have made it. It won't be the last.

  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It sure looks good Disco.... Great job...
  7. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Disco another real fine job of cooking.

  8. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yep, would agree on the char siu even after it was my first real 'fail' on here....LOL. Tasty stuff and so nice to find something you would make again & again....good job....Willie
  9. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Dave. It sure tasted good.
    Thanks for the kind words and the point, tropics.
    Thanks, Chef, but you are shaking my belief in you. You had a fail?

  10. appwsmsmkr1

    appwsmsmkr1 Meat Mopper

    This looks great! I putting this on my list. Question, how strong was the licorice taste? Can I leave the 5 spice powder out?
  11. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Wow it looks great!
  12. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The anise in the 5 spice just gives a touch of licorice taste. Don't worry if you don't like licorice, you won't notice it as a major flavour. I would advise against leaving it out.
    Thanks, b-one, it tastes great too.

  13. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great looking pork Disco! We do a bunch of Char Siu!
  14. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Disco, Looks excellent, I will have to put it on my "to do" list!
  15. welshrarebit

    welshrarebit Master of the Pit

    When I was growing up in rural Hawaii we had a guy that had a manapua truck that would come every other Wednesday. What's a manapua truck? Think ice cream truck but with char siu baos instead of ice cream!!! Yup, same stupid music, same looking truck...

    When we heard that music ALL the kids in the neighborhood would go scrambling home to get money because the manapua man was coming!!!

    I can now get it from Costco! We have two types there.
  16. Looks great! Great flavor for the BBQ!
  17. appwsmsmkr1

    appwsmsmkr1 Meat Mopper

    Thank you so much! I can't wait to do this!!
  18. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    LOL....Hell yes,....big time fail. Although the pig came out very juicy the color really put SWMBO off. Hard to believe it was 4 years ago. Check out the recipe offered by JustPassingThrough on the link, garnered from an old Chinese lady according to him. I did make it again using that formula redeeming myself and I think by now the original flop has been forgotten about. JPT has not been around in years....makes one wonder.
  19. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks Awesome, Disco!!![​IMG]

    However I'm not so sure they would be legal in a lot of neighborhoods.[​IMG]

    They look a little Too Good!![​IMG]---------------[​IMG]

  20. Wish I had some bout now !!!


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