Recipe of Galbi: Korean Marinated BBQ

Korean Marinated BBQ short ribs

If you’re a fan of Korean cuisine, then you must have tried Galbi or Korean Marinated BBQ. It is a classic Korean dish that is loved by many. The dish is made using beef ribs that are marinated in a flavorful blend of ingredients and then grilled to perfection. The result is a sweet, savory, and tender dish that is sure to impress.

If you’re wondering how to make Galbi at home, then this guide is for you. In this post, we’ll walk you through the process of making Galbi, step-by-step.


To make Korean marinated BBQ Galbi, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 2 lbs of beef short ribs
    (2 lbs of beef should be enough to serve 2~3 people as a main dish)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup rice wine
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 onion, grated
  • 1/2 pear, grated
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 cup water


1. Prepare the Ribs

The first step in making Korean Marinated BBQ Galbi is to prepare the ribs. You can ask your butcher to cut the beef short ribs for you, or you can cut them yourself. If you’re cutting them yourself, you’ll want to cut them against the bone, so you end up with thin, flat pieces of meat.

2. Make the Marinade

The next step is to make the marinade. In a mixing bowl, combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, rice wine, sesame oil, minced garlic, grated onion and pear, honey, black pepper, and water. Mix well until the sugar is fully dissolved.

3. Marinate the Ribs

Place the ribs in a large plastic bag or container and pour the marinade over them. Make sure the ribs are fully coated in the marinade. Seal the bag or container and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight for the best results.

4. Grill the Ribs

Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Remove the ribs from the marinade and shake off any excess marinade. Grill the ribs for about 3-4 minutes per side, or until they’re fully cooked and charred to your liking. Serve hot with rice and your favorite side dishes.

Tips for Making the Best Korean Marinated BBQ Galbi

  • Korean pears, also known as Asian pears, can sometimes be difficult to find in the US. If you can’t find them at your local grocery store or Asian market, there are a few alternatives that you can use instead.
    One option is to use a regular pear, which is similar in texture to Korean pears. Alternatively, you could use an apple, which will add a similar sweetness and tang to the marinade. Another option is to use pineapple or kiwi, which contain enzymes that can help tenderize the meat.
    Keep in mind that each of these substitutions will give the dish a slightly different flavor, so you may need to adjust the other ingredients in the marinade to compensate. Additionally, if you’re using a fruit that is more acidic than Korean pear, you may want to reduce the amount of rice wine in the marinade to avoid making the dish too sour.
  • For the best flavor, marinate the ribs overnight.
  • If you’re using a gas grill, be sure to preheat it for at least 10 minutes before grilling the ribs.
  • If you’re using a charcoal grill, make sure the coals are fully lit before grilling the ribs.
  • To prevent the ribs from sticking to the grill, lightly oil the grates before grilling.
  • For a more authentic flavor, use Korean rice wine (mirin) instead of regular rice wine.


Making Korean marinated BBQ Galbi may seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually quite simple. With a few key ingredients and some basic grilling skills, you can make this delicious Korean dish at home. We hope this guide has been helpful and that you’ll give Galbi a try. Happy cooking!

Bon appetite


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