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Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siu)

Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siu)

By Julie Madden

Skip the takeout. We’ve teamed up with Traeger Ambassador Julie Madden and injected our signature wood-fired flavor into the classic Chinese BBQ pork dish of Char Siu.

Prep Time

15 Min

Cook Time

2 Hrs




Number of People Serving


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Units of Measurement:
2 pork tenderloins, silverskin removed
1/4 Cup hoisin sauce
1/4 Cup honey plus 2 tablespoons
1 1/2 Tablespoon brown sugar
3 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
1 Tablespoon oyster sauce, optional
1 Teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
1 Clove garlic, minced
2 Teaspoon red food coloring, optional
2 Tablespoon honey
Five-Spice Dipping Sauce
1/4 Cup ketchup
3 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 Teaspoon yellow mustard
1/4 Teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder


  • 1

    In medium bowl, whisk together 1/4 cup honey and remaining marinade ingredients thoroughly, making sure brown sugar is dissolved. Add pork and marinade to glass pan or resealable bag and marinate for at least 8 hours or overnight, turning occasionally to ensure all sides of pork are well coated.

  • 2

    When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature to 225°F and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.

    225 ˚F / 107 ˚C

    Super Smoke

  • 3

    Remove pork from marinade and boil marinade in a saucepan over medium-high heat on stove top for 3 minutes to use for basting pork. Cool slightly, then whisk in 2 remaining tablespoons of honey.

  • 4

    Arrange the tenderloins on the grill grate and smoke pork until internal temperature reaches 145°F. Baste pork with reserved marinade halfway through cooking.

    225 ˚F / 107 ˚C

    145 ˚F / 63 ˚C

    Super Smoke

  • 5

    Remove pork from grill and increase temperature to 450°F. Return pork to grill for a few minutes per side to slightly char and set the sauce.

    450 ˚F / 232 ˚C

  • 6

    For the Five-Spice Dipping Sauce: In a small saucepan over low heat, mix ketchup, brown sugar, mustard and Chinese five-spice powder until sugar is dissolved and sauce is smooth. Let cool, and serve chilled or at room temperature.

  • 7

    Serve pork immediately with jasmine rice, or cool and refrigerate for later use as an appetizer, served with Five-Spice dipping sauce and toasted sesame seeds. Enjoy!

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