Korean BBQ is a cuisine that I can never get enough or get tired of eating. If I could, I would eat Korean BBQ all day every day. One of my favorite Korean BBQ dishes is kalbi/ galbi because it is super flavorful, tender, and juicy. It is sweet, savory, garlicky, and alittle nutty. If you never had kalbi/ galbi dish before, it is marinated short ribs, and it is the best when it's grilled over charcoal. Here is how to make your own Korean Kalbi BBQ short ribs right in your kitchen.
Korean Kalbi BBQ Short Ribs
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Passive Time: 2 Hours
Serving Size: 4
1. Place your short ribs in a marinating bag or a container with a lid.
2. Pour in the marinade and make sure the ribs are cover in the marinade.
3. Marinate for a minimum of 2 hours in the fridge. Recommend marinating overnight.
4. When you are ready, place it on your grill. The charcoal grill is my favorite way to enjoy kalbi because it offers a great flavor. But, you can pan-fry, use a skillet, or even air fry it.
Beef Short Ribs
There are two style short ribs cuts: English cut and flanken cut. English cut is when ribs are separated and cut into short lengths. Flanken cut is when ribs are cut thin across the bones.
When it comes to Korean style, flanken cut is the authentic cut that you want for Korean BBQ. This cut can also be referred to as LA galbi, or Korean short ribs.
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When it comes to meat, I always go with a grass-fed and organic option. Organic beef tastes better, better for the environment, and better for your health. Unlike conventional meat, organic beef does not contain growth hormones and antibiotics. They are also fed with organic feeds that do not contain pesticides and herbicides. I truly believe you are what you eat. This also applies to the meat that you eat because what they eat will ultimately also affect you.
Indoor Grill Options
Korean BBQ Marinade
When it comes to Korean BBQ, the marinade is everything. It offers so much flavor to the meat. Unlike the store brought marinade, which is often filled with sodium, sugar, preservatives, you can control what goes into your marinade when you make it yourself. Making your own marinade at home is super easy, and you know exactly what goes into it. Check out my Korean BBQ marinade recipe. It is vegan, gluten-free, Paleo, Keto, and Whole30 friendly. It is soy sauce based with no added sugar, naturally sweetened with Asian pear. This marinade recipe is also a little nutty with the sesame oil and sesame seeds.
How to enjoy Korean Kalbi BBQ Short Ribs
There are a few ways to enjoy Korean Kalbi BBQ Short Ribs. You can wrap the meat in a piece of lettuce, eat it with rice, in salad, or with wraps. You can drizzle some sauce like ssamjang or gochujang.
Korean cuisine often serves their meal with multiple small side dishes like kimchi, seasoned sprouts, seasoned spinach, spicy cucumber salad, braised potatoes, and sesame broccoli. The side dishes I always enjoy having with BBQ include kimchi salad, radish pickle salad, or other side dish types that give you some acidity. Acidity compliments really well with the fattiness of the shorts ribs.
How To Reheat Kalbi
To reheat your leftover kalbi, you can either heat it in the oven, air fryer, or pan. For the oven, preheat the oven at 250F and let it bake for about 10 minutes.