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Honey barbecued pork

Two hours before the Chinese New Year party they were hosting last year, Leeann and Katie Chin stopped at a red light on Laurel Canyon Boulevard and were reviewing the menu for the evening. To begin with, firecracker shrimp, chicken ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes plus 2 hours marinating | Serves 6 to 8
  • 3 pounds boneless pork butt or shoulder
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 4 teaspoons brandy
  • 1 teaspoon five-spice powder
  • 1/2 cup honey

Step 1Trim all the fat off the pork and cut the pork into 1-inch-thick slices.

Step 2Combine the ketchup, salt, sugar, garlic, brandy, five-spice powder and honey in a small bowl. Rub this mixture on the pork pieces, covering all sides. Marinate the pork in the refrigerator, covered, for 2 hours or longer.

Step 3Heat the oven to 425 degrees.

Step 4Place the pork on a rack in a roasting pan and cook for 20 minutes. Turn the pork, baste it with the pan juices, and cook for an additional 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees and cook until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 170 degrees, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven.

Step 5Boil the sauce for a couple of minutes, then brush it over the pork before serving.

Note: This is a simple recipe, although you must allow at least 2 hours for marinating. Marinate the pork in the refrigerator the night before, then just pop it in the oven for a quick dinner. Create a Chinatown rice bowl treat by slicing the pork and serving it over piping hot rice, drizzled with soy sauce.
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