Chinese BBQ Pork
I'm dying to try making this at home or at least a reasonable facsimile. One recipe I found calls for slicing the pork butt or tenderloin and hanging the slices by wire hooks in the oven after marinating. I probably don't want to make it that much! Has anyone just ever done a whole roast(tenderloin, loin or butt) and what's the best marinade?
In addition to the one kare raisu posted, there's another thread about char siu here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/323849
I use bone-in pork butts and bone them myself (I save the bones to make tonkotsu broth for ramen). In my experience, pork loin/tenderloin are too lean and end up too dry. I also don't use the hooks to hang...too much hassle...and instead, I just use a broiling pan (if I'm doing it in the oven) or directly on the rack in my offset smoker.
Don't be put off by the quantities that most recipes produce...there are economies of scale that make it well worth it, and you can freeze it pretty well, too. Just wrap each strip really well in plastic wrap and freeze. At any given time, I have somewhere between a pound and 5-6 pounds of char siu in the freezer, in labelled zip bags.