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Char Siu smoked pork

Indulge in the exquisite flavors of Char Siu Smoked Pork—a dish that combines the succulence of tender pork with the irresistible smokiness of the grill. Marinated in a delightful blend of Chinese flavors like soy sauce, hoisin sauce, honey, Chinese five-spice powder, garlic, and ginger, the pork is then slow-smoked to perfection. The result is a harmonious fusion of sweet, savory, and smoky flavors that will transport your taste buds to the vibrant street food stalls of China. Prepare to savor every mouthwatering bite of this Char Siu masterpiece.

Serves: 4 – 6

Prep Time: 15 min

Cooking Time: 4 – 6 hours


  • 1 kg pork Boston butt
  • 1 serving Char Siu Marinade
  • Smoking wood chips (such as apple or hickory), soaked in water for 30 minutes


Step 1: Marinate the Pork

Pat dry the pork with paper towel.

If you haven’t already, make the Char Siu marinade. Find the recipe HERE.

Place the pork in a shallow ceramic  dish.

Pour the marinade over the pork, ensuring it is evenly coated.

Cover the dish or seal the bag and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or ideally overnight, to allow the flavors to infuse into the meat.

Step 2: Preheat and Prepare the Smoker

Preheat your smoker to a temperature of 110°C to 120°C. Drain the soaked wood chips and add them to the smoker box or scatter them over the charcoal if using a charcoal smoker.

Step 3: Smoke the Char Siu Pork

Remove the marinated pork from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes.

Place the pork on the smoker rack, allowing space between each piece for the smoke to circulate.


Close the smoker lid and smoke the pork for approximately 4-6 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 70°C to 75°C  and the meat is tender and infused with smoky flavour.

Step 5: Rest and Slice

Remove the smoked char siu pork from the smoker and let it rest for a few minutes.

Slice the pork into thin pieces, across the grain, to enhance tenderness and presentation.

Serve the smoky and succulent char siu pork as a main dish alongside steamed rice or noodles. The combination of the sweet and savory marinade with the rich smokiness adds a delightful twist to this classic dish.


Enjoy the tender and flavorful char siu that is sure to impress your taste buds.