It’s almost a guarantee that anything coming out of the smoker on a nice Sunday afternoon is going to taste amazing.  This recipe leaves your belly and soul yearning for nothing more.  If you’re looking for a smoked meat recipe with a twist, scroll down and be forever delighted.

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chinese five spice smoked meat recipe

Chinese Five Spice Smoked Meat

Prep Time: 4 hours at least

Cook Time: 3-4 hours


  1. 5lbs. Pork Shoulder
  2. 2 cups Aloha Shoyu
  3. 2 Tablespoons Ginger Grated
  4. 1 Bulb Garlic Minced
  5. 1 Tablespoon Chinese Five Spice
  6. 1/8th Bottle Oyster Sauce
  7. 1/4th Cup White Sugar


  • Cutting Board
  • Sharpened Knife
  • Kitchen Shear
  • Tongs
  • Mixing Bowl or Ziploc Bag
  • Smoker
  • Charcoal
  • Wood chunks (enough for 3-4 hours of smoke)


Step 1.  Cut Pork Shoulder into 1/4 in. thick chunks and place into mixing bowl or large ziploc bag.

Uncle Keoki's Five Spice Smoked Meat

Tip: Cut slits into the meat to help the marinate process and overall surface area for the smoke to cover.

Step 2.  In a separate mixing bowl, mix together shoyu, sugar, minced garlic, grated ginger, and oyster sauce.  Stir ingredients together and mix well.  Slowly mix in the Chinese five spice.  Stir until five spice is no longer clumpy.

Chinese Five Spice Smoked Meat

Step 3.  Mix together marinate made in step 2 and pork shoulder in either a mixing bowl or large ziploc bag.  Let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.  

Chinese five spice smoked meat

Tip: Marinate overnight for optimal flavor!

Step 4.  Prepare the smoker, wait till internal temperature is around 190 degrees fahrenheit.  Place meat evenly spaced.  Do not throw away the marinade, you will need it to re-baste the meat.  

chinese five spiced smoke meat

Step 5.  Let the meat smoke for at least 3 hours.  Check the smoker every hour and re-baste the meat with the marinade.  Add wood chunks as needed.

An hour into the smoking process!

An hour into the smoking process!

Step 6.  After 3-4 hours, remove the meat with a tongs.  Place meat into bowl or serving dish.  

chinese five spice smoked meat

Step 7.  Use a kitchen shear to cut the meat into bite sized pieces.  The Shizoku Multifunction Kitchen Shear is a great tool to use for this.  Using a shear makes it much more comfortable on the hands, especially when there is a lot of meat to be cut!

chinese five spice smoked meat

Step 8.  Enjoy!

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