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Cantonese Barbecued Pork Recipe

Cantonese Barbecued Pork

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"This tastes like the pork served in my favorite Chinese restaurant. Serve at room temperature arranged in overlapping layers on a platter. Garnish with cucumber slices, if desired."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    6 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr

    1 hr 6 mins


  1. In bowl, stir together sherry, ginger root, oyster sauce, five-spice powder, soy sauce, white sugar, sugar, hoisin sauce, ketchup and cinnamon.
  2. Cut pork into 5x2 inch strips. Place strips flat in a shallow baking dish. Pour marinade over pork strips. Let pork marinate at least 6 hours in refrigerator.
  3. Drain, reserving marinade. Mix honey and 3 tablespoon reserved marinade in a small bowl; set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4. Fill a shallow roasting pan with water and place in bottom of oven. Carefully place pork strips on a roasting rack above roasting pan so all sides are exposed to heat. If you don't have a roasting rack, insert the curved end of an S-shaped hook, paper clip, or drapery hook in pork strips and hang them from the top shelf.
  5. Roast for 30 minutes. Baste pork strips with honey mixture. Roast 15 minutes and baste again. Roast 10 minutes longer or until pork strips are crisp and golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool.
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  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Sep 01, 2006

WARNING: This can make a huge mess of your oven! With that said and after cleaning up the mess from the first batch, I have since learned a few lessons. The cleaniest way to make this is place a cake rake in a roasted pan lined with foil because the basting sauce with drip off the pork and either get burned into your pan taking forever to soak and scrub off, or drip into your oven requiring you to clean if. This is an excellent recipe and quite as good as what you get in Chinese restaurants. However, it is time consuming so if you go through the effort of making a batch and you know you like it, make a double or triple batch because it does not take anymore time than a single and extras freeze well.

Nov 19, 2003

My family loved this! I did add the chinese five spice as suggested. marniated this for about 10 hours, and then put the pork roast on a rotissery cooker. I basted the gravy on it through the cooking time, and it came out SO juicy and tender! This is one I will definately be making again. I used the leftovers to make some pork fried rice too.


27 Ratings

Jan 30, 2009

I grew up eating this, and I thought for a homemade version it was pretty good. Color is not the red vibrant color I am used to, so I did add a bit of food coloring in my marinade to brighten it up. It did come out much more like the real deal. Think I may cut back on the cinnamon a tad next time I make it though. Meat was very tender, thanks to the overnite marinating method.

Jan 15, 2008

Oh this so GOOD! It does taste like bbq pork you get from the Chinese store. I didn't have any Hoisin sauce, so I processed orange marmalade, fresh garlic cloves, sherry, a touch of soy sauce, as a substitute. I cooked it on the grill since it was already fired up. I would make this again and again.

Nov 20, 2007

This recipe is really good. The flavor is abundant. I used white wine instead of sherry because I had none on hand. I cooked on wire rack on a cookie Sheet lined with parchment. Turned out perfect husband says this one is a keeper. I am unsure about using reserved marinade for basting, so next time I will keep some of the mix outside the meat for safety.

Feb 23, 2009

This came out very nice. ALMOST tasted like the real thing you get at your neighborhood Chinese restaurant. I didn't want to go through the mess with meat hooks, etc. so I just marinated this overnight and then packed tightly in a shallow baking dish. I kept some sauce on reserve and poured over the meat after 30 minutes of baking and turning the pieces over. Fifteen minutes later, I took it out and drained the excess sauce into a pan to reduce and then pour over the meat. I served this with broccoli slaw sauteed with sesame oil. Delicious! I will definitely be making this recipe again and saving myself some money by not ordering out.

Jan 12, 2009

I tried this out with a few boneless country style ribs and that worked great. Next time I'll get a loin and cut it up so I have some to freeze. I went scant on the 5 spice and heavy on the sherry. I added about half a cup of water to the remainder of the marinade and boiled and reduced it back down so I could use it to drizzle on the meat. Leftovers will be chopped up and added into eggrolls.

Jun 21, 2007

This was almost like the pork they sell in Chinatown. I marinaded the pork overnight and hung it to cook in my oven. Using paperclips work really well. though i found it hard to baste the pork because it was hanging. The color didn't reflect it's great flavor...I guess that's why the professionals use food coloring.


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  • Calories
  • 158 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 10.2 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 45 mg
  • 15%
  • Fat
  • 6.9 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 13.1 g
  • 26%
  • Sodium
  • 451 mg
  • 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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