Chinese Barbeque Pork (Char Sui) using Pork Belly

We had family coming over a few weekends back so needed to cook up a meal. We were walking through the meat section at Costco looking for inspiration and came across a nice slab of pork belly. I decided to buy it and utilize in a set of dishes using a Chinese food theme. The menu included:

This post provides details on how to cook the Chinese Barbeque Pork (Char Sui). You first marinate the meat overnight then grill it on the grill. It was really easy process. If not too sure, try it, and the flavors will blow away your family and/or friends.

Char Sui Pork Belly


The first step in the entire recipe is to cut up the pork belly and prepare the marinade. Cut the pork belly into 1″ to 1.5″ cubes and place in gallon zip-lock bag.

Cook all the marinade ingredients in a saucepan then set aside to cool. This includes a myriad of tasty ingredients including soy sauce, rice wine, honey, hoisin sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, garlic, five-spice powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper and kosher salt. All combined, this creates an incredible flavor profile to die for!

Note: The Chinese Buffet type of restaurant would add a red food coloring to make it a certain red color. I prefer not to add something to my meals that don’t add any flavor.

Once cool, pour marinade over pork belly pieces in gallon zip-lock bag and store in refrigerator overnight.

Add marinade to gallon size zip-lock bag.
Pork Belly after overnight marinate in refrigerator.

Grill the Char Sui

Throw the Char Sui onto the middle of a hot grill. Sear the meat then move off direct heat to finish.  Ensure middle of pieces get to a minimum of 145 to 160 F, then rests for 3 – 5 minutes.

Putting the Char Sui on the Grill.
Grilling the Char Sui


The Char Sui pork belly can be plated with a little green onion or chives as a garnish. This was an appetizer. You can use larger pieces and make it an entrée. The marinate turns the meat dark red and with a little caramelization the meat appears to have a little char. I can attest that this was not overcooked and was absolutely delicious.

Plated Chinese BBQ (Char Siu)

Chinese Pork Belly Barbeque Appetizer (Char Sui)

The recipe will show the simple technique to marinate and grill pork belly for authentic Chinese Barbeque (Char Siu).
Prep Time 12 hrs
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 6


  • 1 lb Pork Belly, sliced Appetizer size pieces
  • 1 cup Soy Sauce Tamari can be substituted
  • 1/2 cup Rice wine Substitute sake or dry sherry
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1/2 cup Hoisin Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar, Dark
  • 1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 6 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Chinese Five-Spice powder
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper, Freshly Ground
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt


  • Place soy sauce, rice wine, honey, hoisin sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, garlic, five-spice powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper and kosher salt in a saucepan. Mix and bring to a boil on high heat. Reduce heat to medium-high. Cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  • Cut pork belly in appetizer size pieces.
  • Pour marinate over pork belly pieces and refrigerate overnight.
  • Prepare grill using charcoal or gas.
  • Remove pork belly and pour mixture into strainer. Let marinade drip off.
  • Place pork belly over direct heat. Sear all sides then move to indirect heat. Since this is small pieces, it will not take too long to cook. Ensure middle of pieces get to a minimum of 145 to 160 F. Let the pork belly pieces rest for at least 3 minutes.
  • Garnish with some chopped green onions or chives.
Keyword Appetizer, Char Siu, Chinese, Pork, Pork Belly

Now, enjoy the simple life by sitting with your family or friends, and eating some good chinese pork belly marinated with delicious ingredients and cooked on the grill .  Please let us know how you like this post or have suggestions on future posts.

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