BBQ Char Siu Pork Jowl with Spicy Udon Noodles
By: Julie Miguel, Food Blogger

Now that it’s nearly the end of August, you’re probably searching for something different to throw on the grill. This barbecue char siu using LiberTerre Pork Jowl is the perfect option. If you’ve never cooked with pork jowl before, you’re totally missing out! It’s a great option since it is nicely marbled, ensuring it won’t dry out on the grill. Try it for yourself!


Barbecued Char Siu Pork Jowl

LiberTerre Pork Jowl

LiberTerre Pork Jowl – check out that marbling! 


I found marinating the pork overnight and consistent basting on the grill resulted in the best finished product –  I couldn’t get enough of it! I’ve also shared a recipe for spicy udon noodles below, which goes perfectly with the barbecued char siu. A simple blanched bok choy with steamed rice is also a great option if you’re tight for time.

Be adventurous and give this recipe a try – you’ll be happy you did! This unique pork cut can be found at any T&T Supermarket location within the GTA so be sure to find the store closest to you!


Spicy Udon Noodles

Spicy Udon Noodles

Spicy Udon Noodles


Barbecued Char Siu Pork Jowl with Spicy Udon Noodles 

Prep time: 35 min (+ overnight marinating)
Cook time: 30 min
Total time: 1 hr 5 min
Serves: 4-6
Char Siu Pork


2 pounds LiberTerre boneless pork jowl
2 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
½ tsp five spice powder
¼ tsp white pepper
1 Tbsp Shaoxing wine
½ tsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp hoisin sauce
3 cloves minced garlic, minced

Basting Sauce:

1 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp hoisin sauce
1 Tbsp warm water

Spicy Udon Noodle Stir-Fry

1 Tbsp. Canola oil
1/2 onion, sliced
2 carrots, finely chopped
1 cup green onion, sliced thin
400 g Frozen udon noodles


1 tsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp Sriracha Sauce
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tsp rice wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, finely chopped


Sliced green onion or freshly chopped cilantro
Optional: blanched bok choy

Char Siu Pork

Combine the marinade ingredient in a bowl. Set aside.

Place the pork into a large re-sealable plastic bag and pour the marinade into the bag. Seal the bag and work the marinade into the meat until every piece is evenly coated. Refrigerate overnight.

The next day, place the pork on a plate, making sure to shake off the excess marinade in the bag. Too much marinade left on the meat will increase the chances of burning your pork.

Combine ingredients for the basting sauce in a bowl and get your basting brush ready.

Preheat your grill, making sure it’s extremely hot. You want a nice sear on the meat to seal in the juices before you turn it, but try not to get it too crispy on one side. You will be turning the meat often during the cooking process to prevent burning and to make sure the marinade gets nice and caramelized.

After both sides are seared, you can turn the grill down slightly to prevent drying out the meat. Turn the meat every 2 to 3 minutes making sure to get an even sear on all sides. I also started to brush and baste the meat after each turn to keep it moist and flavorful. If the meat looks like it starts to get dry on the surface, it needs to be basted.

Continue this turning and basting – don’t walk away from the grill! Also, make sure that you stop basting a few minutes before you pull the meat off the grill since the marinade was in contact with raw meat.

Your pork is ready when a meat thermometer (inserted into the thickest part of the meat) reads 160°F.  Remove the jowl from the grill to let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing (this will allow the juices to redistribute).  Serve with spicy udon noodles.

Spicy Udon Noodle Stir-Fry

Prepare the onions, carrots and green onion and set aside.

Combine all of the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Fill a large bowl with hot tap water and add the frozen udon noodles to the bowl so they defrost and separate before adding them to the wok.

Blanch your bok choy and then set aside while keeping it warm.

In a large frying pan or wok, heat oil over medium-high heat until very hot. Add carrots and regular onions and cook, stirring, until onions are soft and carrots are tender. Add green onion and cook, stirring for just about 30 seconds.

Gently mix your soaking noodles to loosen and separate, then drain. Add drained noodles to the wok and cook, stirring for 30 seconds. Add sauce and cook for another 30 seconds, stirring to combine well (TIP: Frozen udon noodles are pretty much already cooked and become overcooked very quickly so do not cook them for too long). Remove cooked noodles. add to a bowl and garnish with additional sliced green onion and/or cilantro. Serve with blanched bok choy.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did. This was my first time cooking with Pork Jowl and it definitely won’t be my last!

With Love,

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