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Chinese BBQ Pork
(Char Siu)
by Julie Madden

Difficulty 3/5
Prep time 15 mins

Cook time 2 hrs
Serves 6-8

Hardwood Maple

Skip the takeout. We’ve teamed up with Traeger Ambassador Julie Madden and injected our signature wood-fired flavor into the classic Chinese BBQ pork dish of Char Siu.


Pork & Marinade

2 Pork Tenderloins, Silver Skin Removed

1/4 cup Hoisin Sauce

1/4 cup Honey

1 1/2 Tbsp Brown Sugar

3 Tbsp Soy Sauce

1 Tbsp Asian Sesame Oil

1 Tbsp Oyster Sauce, optional

1 tsp Chinese Five Spice

1 Garlic Clove, Minced

2 tsp Red Food Coloring, Optional

Five Spice Dipping Sauce

1/4 cup ketchup

3 Tbsp Brown Sugar

1 tsp Yellow Mustard

1/4 tsp Chinese Five Spice


*This recipe requires overnight preparation.

In medium bowl, whisk together marinade ingredients thoroughly, making sure brown sugar is dissolved. Add pork and marinade to glass pan or resealable plastic bag and marinate for at least 8 hours or overnight, turning occasionally to ensure all sides of pork are well coated.

When ready to cook, set the temperature to 225°F and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.

Remove pork from marinade and boil marinade in a saucepan over medium high heat on stove top for 3 minutes to use for basting pork. Cool slightly, then whisk in 2 additional Tablespoons of honey.

Arrange the tenderloins on the grill grate and smoke pork until internal temperature reaches 145°F.

Baste pork with reserved marinade half way through cooking. Remove pork from grill and, if desired, increase temperature to High and return pork to grill for a few minutes per side to slightly char and set the sauce. Alternatively, you can broil in the oven, just a couple minutes per side.

For the 5 Spice Sauce: In a small saucepan over low heat, mix ketchup, brown sugar, mustard and five spice until sugar is dissolved and sauce is smooth. Let cool, and serve chilled or at room temperature.

Serve pork immediately with Jasmine rice, or cool and refrigerate for later use as an appetizer, served with Five Spice dipping sauce and toasted sesame seeds. Enjoy!

*Cook times will vary depending on set and ambient temperatures.

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