Healthier Chinese Barbecue Pork

Healthier Chinese Barbecue Pork

When I was growing up, Chinese barbecue pork was known as char siu. We would eat it as a side dish or as an ingredient in won ton soup. My mom never prepared it, so it was always restaurant made. Well, for some unexplainable reason, I haven’t had it in a few years. Since I had a frozen pork tenderloin that needed to be used, I searched the internet for a char siu recipe. After reading several recipes, I decided to try the one by Recipe Tin Eats.

As you know, one of my goals is to prepare dishes with less sugar. The first five ingredients contain considerable amounts of it.  Since I wasn’t using large quantities and they were only used in the marinade (on a large piece of meat), I thought it would be fine. The changes I made to Nagi’s dish were reduction in the amount of honey and elimination of the red food coloring. Even though I cooked a larger piece of tenderloin, not all of the marinade was used. I have to tell you that the meat was so tasty and delicious! My husband, who is my biggest critic, was very happy with this pork dish. You won’t be disappointed!

Healthier Chinese Barbecue Pork


Healthier Chinese Barbecue Pork



  • ¾ tablespoon organic brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon organic honey
  • 1½ tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon + ½ teaspoon reduced sodium soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon five spice powder
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon organic canola oil
  • Sea salt (optional—since I only have reduced sodium soy sauce at home, you may want to add a pinch)


  • 1½ pound pork tenderloin


  1. Place the marinade ingredients in a small saucepan. Mix together and simmer for 30 seconds. Set aside and cool.
  2. Place the pork and marinade in a ziplock bag and remove as much air as possible. Rub the sauce into the meat. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. Take the tenderloin out of the refrigerator and bring to room temperature.
  4. Preheat oven to 350º F. Line a rimmed baking pan with foil. Place roasting rack on top of rimmed pan.
  5. Put tenderloin on top of rack and set aside the reminder of marinade.
  6. Roast the meat until the internal temperature reaches 145º, approximately 40 minutes. (Roasting time will vary depending upon the size of tenderloin). Halfway through the cooking time, baste the pork with the sauce.
  7. After pork reaches 145º, baste the it with remaining marinade, and broil for 2 to 3 minutes, until it is nicely charred and caramelized.
  8. Let the tenderloin rest for 10 minutes before slicing.


Healthier Chinese Barbecue Pork


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