Chinese Sweet Pork Jerky Recipe

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5 lbs pork butt (2.27 kg)
1 1/4 tsp pickling salt (16.3 g)
1 tsp Prague Powder #1 (5.7 g)*
5 tsp Chinese 5-spice powder (16 g)
2 1/2 tbsp olive oil (36.8 g)
1/3 cup white grape juice (75 ml)
1/3 cup soy sauce (75 ml)
1/3 cup fish sauce (75 ml)
2/3 cup honey (213 g)
1 2/3 cup granulated sugar (368 g)
35-40 drops red food coloring, optional

1. Chill pork to 34°F (1°C), grind one time through a 1/8” (3mm) plate.
2. Combine the ground pork with remaining ingredients in non-reactive container, mix well until mixture is sticky and batter like.
3. Spray cookie sheet with vegetable oil, spread batter on sheet, flatten to 1/8” thick, cover, and refrigerate overnight to cure.
4. Next day, place sheet in a preheated 300°F (149°C) oven, bake 30 minutes.
5. Remove sheet from the oven and set on a hot pad, use a spatula to turn the pork over so that the bottom is facing upward.
6. Set broiler on high, place meat under broiler, broil 2-3 minutes, turn over and broil additional 2-3minutes.
7. Lift out Chinese sweet pork jerky and place on wire rack to cool, cut into squares.
8. Store uneaten jerky in covered container or vacuum seal and freeze up to 6 months.

*It’s all but impossible to accurately measure 0.20 tsp. of curing salt, so I use the metric/volume measurement of 1.14 gram s of Prague Powder #1 when I make one pound of ground jerky or smoked and cooked sausage.

This recipe produces a product similar to a Chinese salty-sweet meat referred
to as “bakwa.” Although the ingredients and preparation are nearly the same, I will let you decide if the end result is comparable to Chinese bakwa.

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