Char Siu

Char Siu

Char siu is Chinese barbecued pork and it is delicious.  It's usually a restaurant food because it's difficult to make at home without the proper equipment.  This recipe uses some non-traditional methods to get a traditional tasting char siu.  Using a crock pot makes it easy to make delicious char siu at home.

Ribs & Dry Rub
2 lbs
country style pork ribs
1 tbl
salt
1 tsp
Chinese five spice powder
1 tsp
ground black pepper
1 tsp
granulated garlic


Char Siu Sauce
1/3 cup
hoisin sauce
1/3 cup
honey
cup
soy sauce
cup
ketchup
2 tbl
sherry
2 tbl
sesame oil
1 tsp
granulated garlic
tsp
five spice powder


Condiments
fresh cilantro
sesame seeds



Mix the dry rub ingredients together and rub on all sides of the ribs.  Put the ribs in a slow cooker and cook for 4 hours on low.  When the ribs are just about done, mix the char siu sauce ingredients together in a small bowl.

Line a baking pan with foil, place a baking rack on it, and add enough water to the pan to cover the bottom.  The water keeps the ribs from drying out and the drippings from sticking.  Put the ribs on the rack and brush the tops with the char siu sauce.  Turn on the broiler and set the rack so that the tops of the ribs will be 4 to 6 below it.  Put the ribs under the broiler for 4 minutes.  Pull the ribs out, turn them over, baste with the char siu sauce, and put them back under the broiler for 4 minutes.    Pull the ribs out, turn them over again, baste with the char siu sauce, and put them back under the broiler a third time but just for 3 minutes this time.  Pull the ribs from the oven, put them on a cutting board for about 10 minutes to cool.  Sprinkle as much or as little cilantro and sesame seeds as you like on the ribs and serve.  This recipe makes enough to serve 2 hungry adults or three with a normal appetite.


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