Korean BBQ ribs (Gal-bi)

    7 hours 25 min

    This is an easy way to make Korean BBQ ribs. You can also substitute chicken or sliced rib-eye for the short ribs. If you use chicken or rib-eye, you must add thinly sliced spring onion tops. This can also be grilled in the oven for the same amount of time.

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    Serves: 5 

    • 180ml soy sauce
    • 180ml water
    • 3 tablespoons vinegar
    • 4 tablespoons dark brown soft sugar
    • 2 tablespoons caster sugar
    • 1 tablespoon black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
    • 4 tablespoons minced garlic
    • 1/2 large onion, minced
    • 1.25 to 1.5kg Korean-style short ribs (beef chuck flanken, cut 1 to 1.5cm thick across bones)

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:7hr  ›  Ready in:7hr25min 

    1. Pour soy sauce, water and vinegar into a large, non-metallic bowl. Whisk in brown sugar, caster sugar, pepper, sesame oil, garlic and onion until the sugars have dissolved. Submerge the ribs in this marinade, and cover with clingfilm. Refrigerate 7 to 12 hours; the longer, the better.
    2. Preheat an outdoor BBQ for medium-high heat.
    3. Remove ribs from the marinade, shake off excess, and discard the marinade. Cook on preheated BBQ until the meat is no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes per side.


    Beef chuck flanken-style ribs contain rib bones and alternating streaks of lean meat and fat. The cut is lengthways, rather than between the ribs as in the case of beef cut short ribs.

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    Hi folks I just wanted to add some information I thought might be helpful. I'm Korean & galbi is always a favorite! The crockpot method everyone is mentioning is actually a legit Korean Dish called Galbi Chim (Braised Shortribs) Make sure and skim off the fat when it's done.. there will be a lot! I like to use shortribs that are a few inchs across. Makes for a nice meaty piece. Additions of carrot, chestnut, boiler onion and potato is delish! Eat w/some steamed rice as the flavors will be pretty concentrated to eat alone. Tip from my mom: remember to rinse off the ribs well before marinading. Give the bones a good rub with your hands under some running water or you will bite in and get bone bits. Ouch! We like to just leave them in a colander to drain a bit. Also the addition of 1/2 a grated kiwi or some pineapple will really make the meat tender if you intend to grill it. Just make sure not to leave it in the marinade for more than a day. I got carried away once and my meat fell apart as I was trying to put it on the grill!  -  04 Dec 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Having spent considerable time in various eateries throughout South Korea, salivating over Gal-Bi, and missing it, I was brought back with this recipe. Thank you. I sent some with my spouse, to serve to an elderly Korean girl friend of hers. It definitely passed the test. She loved it. She offered a suggestion...Pepsi. She told me to add Pepsi! I added about a quarter can to the recipe and it rocks! Either way it's a great, great Korean taste to die for.  -  24 Jul 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    One of my new favorites, and always a huge hit at barbecues (cut into one bone per piece and served as finger food) or dinner parties (served over rice). I've always made it exactly as suggested, and typically marinate it over night. A lot of people have been slow cooking this, and that's good too, but I definitely think it's best grilled. I recommend using hardwood charcoal, which burns hotter, and cooking for 3-4 minutes per side. This cut of meat is sometimes hard to find, and even when you can, the selection can be very inconsistent -- too thick or too fatty. If it's too thick, it helps to pound it out into thinner slices.  -  02 Aug 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)