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Chinese BBQ Pork Meatballs

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These Chinese BBQ Pork Meatballs are perfect as an appetizer, snack or side dish. The Chinese 5-Spice gives these meatballs a classic Chinese Char-Siu flavor. They are a snap to prepare and take only 15 minutes to cook!

chinese bbq meatballs in a white bowl

Whether you are looking for a delicious appetizer for your next potluck, a tasty snack or a side dish, these Chinese BBQ Pork Meatballs are a fantastic solution. They take just minutes to prepare and only about 15 minutes to cook!

The Chinese 5-spice in this recipe is what gives these meatballs that classic Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siu) flavor. The outside of the meatball is slightly crispy and caramelized to mimic that wonderful charred texture on Char Siu, while the inside remains soft and moist.

If you like Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siu), I know you will LOVE these Chinese BBQ Pork Meatballs! 

How to Make Chinese BBQ Pork Meatballs

Combine 1 pound of ground pork, 2 teaspoons honey, 2 teaspoons soy sauce, 1 teaspoon dark soy sauce, 3 cloves of garlic (minced), 1 tablespoon cornstarch, 2 teaspoons brown sugar, 1 teaspoon Chinese 5-spice powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a mixing bowl. Mix well.

ground pork with minced garlic, brown sugar and spices

Roll the ground pork mixture into approximately 1 1/2 inch meatballs. This would be about 1 heaping tablespoon per meatball and for 1 pound of ground pork, which should yield about 18 meatballs.

Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siu) meatballs uncooked on white plate

Heat 3 tablespoons of cooking oil in a wok over medium heat (you may also use a large pan or cast-iron skillet). As soon as the wok starts to smoke a little, add about 8 to 10 meatballs to the wok at a time.

Allow the meatballs to sit for about 2 minutes before turning them with your spatula. This will allow the bottom of the meatballs to properly cook so they don’t fall apart when you fry them. This also gives the meatballs a slightly crispy texture, mimicking that wonderful charred Char Siu texture and of course, that signature caramelized Char Siu flavor.

ground pork meatballs in a wok

Use your wok spatula to gently turn the meatballs every so often until they are all fully cooked; about 5 minutes.

Fry the remaining batch of meatballs following the same steps above.

charred ground pork meatballs in a wok

Chinese BBQ Pork Meatball Dipping Sauce

For extra flavor, serve these Chinese BBQ Pork Meatballs with a dipping sauce made with 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 cup soy sauce.

For an extra thick sauce, mix 1/2 a teaspoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water, then add it to the sauce. Bring the sauce to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until it reaches your desired consistency.

You may either serve the dipping sauce on the side or drizzle the sauce over the meatballs just before serving. 

pouring sauce over Chinese BBQ meatballs

Storing Leftover Chinese BBQ Pork Meatballs

Place any leftover meatballs in an air-tight container (or Ziploc bag), then store them in the fridge for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for up to 4 months.

To re-heat the frozen meatballs, allow them to thaw in the fridge or at room temperature then pan-fry them, or heat them up in the microwave. 

Chinese BBQ meatballs on chopsticks

Enjoy!

chinese bbq pork meatballs

Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siu) Meatballs

Char Ferrara
These Chinese BBQ Pork Meatballs are perfect as an appetizer, snack or side dish. The Chinese 5-Spice gives these meatballs a classic Chinese Char-Siu flavor. They are a snap to prepare and take only 15 minutes to cook!
4.41 from 5 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
 
 

Dipping Sauce

Instructions
 

  • Combine ground pork, honey, soy sauce, dark soy sauce, garlic, cornstarch, brown sugar, Chinese 5-Spice and salt in a mixing bowl. Mix well. 
  • Roll the ground pork mixture into 1 1/2 inch meatballs (approximately 1 heaping tablespoon each). 
  • Heat 3 tablespoons of cooking oil in a wok over medium heat. 
  • As soon as the wok starts to smoke a little, add 8 – 10 meatballs to the wok. 
  • Allow the meatballs to sit for about 2 minutes before turning them with your wok spatula. This will allow the meatballs to char nicely.
  • Use your wok spatula to gently turn the meatballs every so often until fully cooked (about 5 minutes).
  • Repeat steps 4 and 6 for the remaining batch of meatballs. 
  • Prepare the sauce by combining the honey and soy sauce.
  • In a separate small bowl, combine cornstarch with water, then stir well to remove the cornstarch clumps. Pour cornstarch mixture into soy sauce and honey mixture.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until the sauce reaches your desired consistency.

Notes

Serve dipping sauce on the side, or drizzle over the meatballs just before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 462kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 30gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 568mgSugar: 5g
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Recipe Rating




Steven VanAernem

Saturday 7th of September 2019

Char you always bring the yum! I have to make food for a party of 15 this week and these will be perfect as an appetizer. Keep up the good work and I hope Hubby and kids are doing well. Steven

Char

Sunday 8th of September 2019

Thank you, Steven! Have a wonderful party, and I hope everyone enjoys these meatballs!