Irresistible Korean BBQ: Grilled Beef Short Ribs (Galbi)

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Korean BBQ wouldn’t be complete without the iconic Korean Beef Ribs, also known as Galbi. These succulent, marinated short ribs are a staple in Korean cuisine, offering a beautiful balance of sweet, savory, and slightly spicy flavors. Whether you’re firing up the grill for a backyard barbecue or using your oven for a weeknight meal, Korean Beef Ribs are guaranteed to impress.

This recipe will guide you through the process of creating restaurant-quality Korean Beef Ribs at home. We’ll cover everything you need to know, from gathering the ingredients to prepping, cooking, and finally, savoring this delicious dish.

Korean BBQ Short Ribs (Galbi)
Korean BBQ Short Ribs (Galbi)


The Marinade

¾ cup soy sauce (low-sodium preferred)

  • ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

  • The Beef

    2 pounds bone-in short ribs (Korean-style short ribs or flanken-cut beef chuck work best)

  • Cut the ribs across the bone into ⅓ to ½ inch thick pieces

  • Directions:

    Marination Magic

    1. In a large bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, brown sugar, water, chopped green onions, minced garlic, and toasted sesame oil. Make sure the brown sugar dissolves completely.

    2. Place the beef ribs in a large resealable plastic bag.

    3. Pour the marinade into the bag with the ribs, ensuring all the pieces are evenly coated.

    4. Squeeze out any excess air from the bag and seal it tightly.

    5. Marinate the ribs in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours, or ideally overnight for maximum flavor.

    Grilling to Perfection

    1. Preheat your outdoor grill to medium-high heat. If using a stovetop grill pan, preheat it over medium-high heat as well.

    2. Lightly oil the grill grates to prevent sticking.

    3. Remove the ribs from the marinade and discard the remaining marinade (it’s not recommended for reuse due to raw meat exposure).

    4. Shake off any excess marinade from the ribs.

    5. Place the ribs on the preheated grill, ensuring they’re not crowded.

    6. Grill the ribs for 5-7 minutes per side, depending on your desired level of doneness. Aim for a slight pink in the center for medium-rare.

    7. For a caramelized glaze, you can brush the ribs with some leftover marinade during the last few minutes of grilling.

    8. Once cooked through, remove the ribs from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving)

    Please note: This is an approximate nutritional breakdown and can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

    Calories: 450-500

  • Fat: 30-35g
  • Carbs: 10-15g
  • Protein: 35-40g

  • Conclusion

    Korean Beef Ribs are a delightful culinary adventure. The combination of savory marinade and perfectly grilled meat creates an explosion of flavor in every bite. This recipe provides a simple yet authentic way to experience this Korean BBQ classic at home. So, fire up your grill, gather your friends and family, and embark on a delicious journey with Korean Beef Ribs!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I use different cuts of beef for this recipe?

    While flanken-cut beef chuck or Korean-style short ribs are ideal, you can substitute them with bone-in ribeye steak or boneless short ribs in a pinch. Just ensure you cut them into similar thickness (⅓ to ½ inch) for even cooking.

    2. What if I don’t have a grill?

    No worries! You can still enjoy delicious Korean Beef Ribs using your oven. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and follow steps 1-3 for marinating the ribs. Then, place the marinated ribs on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Baste the ribs occasionally with the leftover marinade for extra flavor and caramelization.

    3. How can I adjust the spice level?

    For a spicier kick, you can add a teaspoon of Korean Gochujang paste (Korean chili paste) to the marinade. Start with a smaller amount and adjust to your preference.

    4. What are some good side dishes to pair with Korean Beef Ribs?