Char Siu pork is a staple at Chinese BBQ shops. You'll usually find them hanging in the BBQ shop windows with a distinctive red color. When I'm in a pinch for a quick weeknight meal with no time to cook, I like to get half of my order with some Char Siu pork, and the other half with roast duck or soy sauce chicken.
When I'm feeling like cooking, this is a simple pork recipe that you can prepare the night before and let marinate in the fridge. With a quick cook time you can bake this in the oven in under 20 minutes which makes for a nice family style dish.
Tip: Use pork butt or another fatty piece of pork for extra flavor and tenderness.
1 - 1 1/2 lb. pork butt
1 Tbsp. Honey + 2 Tbsp. later for cooking the sauce
Place the pork in a plastic bag and combine with the marinade ingredients. Ensure it's mixed well before placing in the refrigerator overnight.
Pre-heat an oven to 375F - 400F degrees. Oven temperatures vary, so use your best judgement here. If you like a bit more charred on the outside, aim for the higher end of the temperature and reduce the cook time by a few minutes.
Bake the pork for ~ 10 minutes and while that's in the oven begin to reduce the marinade.
Empty the bag with the remaining marinade into a sauce pan. Add 2 Tbsp. of honey. Simmer and stir for 3-5 minutes to thicken the sauce.
Remove the pork, baste and flip/ rotate as needed before finishing off in the oven ~ 8 minutes.
Let the pork rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving with any remaining sauce from the baking sheet.