Had to try Char Siu

Discussion in 'Pork' started by garyhibbert, Apr 16, 2016.

  1. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    There have been so many posts lately on Char Siu, that I just had to try it myself.  I'm not sure if I've even eaten it in a Chinese restaurant or not.  Probably have and just didn't pay any attention to the piece of red pork in my food.

    Yesterday, I thawed out some nice 2" thick loin cut pork chops.  Then I mixed up a Char Siu marinade, put the trimmed chops in a gallon zip lock bag, and poured the marinade over them.  


    They went into the fridge for an overnight brine.  This afternoon, about 2 o'clock, I drained off the marinade and put the racked chops back in the fridge uncovered to dry off for a couple of hours.  They certainly stand out in a crowd!![​IMG]


    At 4PM I fired up the MES 30, filled the AMNPS with Pitmasters Choice pellets, and lit it up.  Half an hour later, the MES was sitting steady at 240* and the AMNPS was smoking nicely.  So, everybody into the pool.


    Well, they've been in for about an hour.  Now its just a waiting game.  I've been having a heck of a time keeping the AMNPS burning.  I went through my usual lighting sequence, but for some reason, I've had to relight it trice.  Guess I'm gonna have to break down and do a mailbox mod in the near future.

    More to follow.

    Gary
     
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  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks tasty! Chinese mustard and sesame seeds go great with char Sui.
     
  3. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    There's something glowing in your smoker! Hope you like them did you use a packet or follow a recipe?
     
  4. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Case.  Don't think I've ever seen Chinese mustard.

    Gary
     
  5. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Yeah, its definitely bright!!  I just used a packet this time.  Never tried char siu before and didn't feel like buying a bunch of stuff that I might never use again.

    Gary
     
  6. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    When the chops had been in the MES for 1 hour and 25 minutes, the IT finally reached 141--guess I waited 1 degree too long to check.  So I pulled the chops and brought them inside and let them rest under foil for 10 minuted.

    b

    They sure smelled good.  Looked pretty good too--once you get used to the bright red color.   [​IMG]

    So, time for supper.  We plated them up with Jasmin rice and bright green peas--kinda felt almost Christmasy.


    I had cut the chops in half before cooking, as they're way too big for one serving.  For some reason, my camera seems to have compensated for the bright red on the outside of the chop.  They were actually cooked to a nice pink medium, and were tender and juicy. Very nicely done.

    We both felt somewhat letdown by the final results.  Maybe we were expecting too much, but neither of us felt the chops were near as tasty as we expected.  I also had expected the red coloring to leech further into the meat, rather than be just a coating on the outside.  They had, after all, marinated in the char siu sauce for almost 30 hours.

    All in all, it was a good smoke.  The meat was tender, juicy, and tasty.  Just not as vibrant and bold as we had expected.

    Did we thoroughly enjoy the Char Siu Pork Chops?  Absolutely.

    Will I be doing Char Siu again?  Probably not.  There are hundreds of other things out there just waiting to be smoked.  Time to move on.

    Thanks for looking.

    Gary
     
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  7. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice lookin meal my friend, I've never tried char siu ! Yours looks real tasty though ! Thumbs Up
     
  8. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well there is your problem........ with three you get egg-roll, not Char Sui.
     
  9. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That color just stays in your eyes even after you look away.
     
  10. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Nice chops Gary!  You've probably saved me from a char siu attempt.  I might do it anyway because I love the Chinese mustard!  That is some good stuff.

    Mike
     
  11. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Gary That looks good to me,I like the color,meat looks moist and I'm hungry now. Points

    Richie
     
  12. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Justin. Guess we were just expecting something different. And thanks for the point.

    Gary
     
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2016
  13. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Ha!! Yeah Really bright

    Gary
     
  14. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★


    Hey Mike

    I think we were just expecting something totally different. That aside, the flavor was great--just didn't jump out and grab you like I thought it would. A lot more subtle than I like.

    Gary
     
  15. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★


    Thanks Richie and thanks for the point. It was very good and it was tasty. Both Miss Linda and I enjoyed it, but for us it just fell into the "why bother" category.

    Gary
     
  16. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    It sure looked good from here, Gary!

    I have been seeing all the Char Siu posts lately too.

    Thought I would give it a try as well.

    Something to do on a rainy day.

    Al
     
  17. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Al.

    The char siu is good, just not really what I look for in food.  If you do try it, I would recommend that you slice the meat into thin pieces.  This would allow the marinade to penetrate a lot better.

    Gary
     
  18. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks like a fine meal, too bad it wasn't up to your expectations.

    Points for trying something new.

    Disco
     

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