Kalbi Korean BBQ Short Ribs

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For a delicious marinated and grilled short rib that the whole family will love, try my Kalbi Korean BBQ Short Ribs. Sweet and savory with a caramelized exterior, kalbi grills up fast and easy with a perfect medium rare center.

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Korean Kalbi Ribs

Korean kabli ribs are a traditional Korean beef short rib that can be found at many Korean restaurants. If you’ve ever wanted to try them out, but you don’t have the time, money, or access to them, this recipe will give you a great recipe you can make right at home.

Kalbi is the perfect combo of sweet and savory. The sweetness comes from the fresh fruits in the marinade, and it gets its savory notes from that soy/ginger combo. They’re cooked hot on the grill to give them a crispy, caramelized exterior, with a medium rare interior. Short ribs are generally well marbled and fatty, so they taste super rich and delicious.

I adapted this recipe from Chef Billy Parisi’s version, which you can find on his site under “Kalbi Recipe (Korean Short Ribs)“. I have adapted several elements of the recipe to suit the flavors my family likes, but his recipe is probably the most authentic on the web.

Sliced short ribs lined up on a rectangular wooden cutting board next to four apple halves and sliced kiwi.

Kalbi Marinade

The secret to these ribs is in the marinade. Here’s what you’ll need to assemble to make this sweet and tangy kalbi marinade for the short ribs:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 Asian pear (peeled and seeded)
  • 1 Fuji apple (peeled and seeded)
  • 1 kiwi (peeled)
  • ½ yellow onion (peeled)
  • 5 large garlic cloves
  • 1 1-inch knob fresh ginger (trimmed)
  • ⅔ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 Tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

Combine all ingredients for the marinade in a blender jar with a tight fitting lid, then blend the contents on high speed until the marinade is totally smooth. You don’t want any small pieces or chunks remaining.

Transfer the kalbi marinade into a gallon-sized zip top bag, then add the short ribs. I recommend adding the ribs one at a time and adding additional marinade on top of each rib to ensure they are evenly coated.

These ribs can be marinated for anywhere between 8-24 hours, so you can plan ahead and have them ready by dinner next day!

Kalbi ribs in marinade in plastic bag.

How to Make Korean Kalbi Ribs

These Kalbi Korean BBQ Short Ribs are beyond easy to make. Aside from the marinating time, they’ll be on and off your grill in less than 10 minutes, making them an incredible option for a weekday dinner! Here’s how to make some awesome Korean kalbi ribs in four easy steps:

  1. Make marinade. Combine all the ingredients for the marinade in a blender jar or food processor, then blend until you have a smooth consistency. Next, place your ribs in gallon-sized zip top bag, then pour in your marinade.
  2. Marinate. Next, seal the bag, then place in your refrigerator to marinate for 8-24 hours. You want to give those beef ribs plenty of time to soak up all that amazing goodness from your pureed kalbi marinade.
  3. Grill. Fire up your favorite grill to 450-500 degrees F. These can be done on a gas or charcoal grill, but I prefer the flavor from charcoal. Grill the ribs for 3-4 minutes per side and remove when they hit 130 degrees F for a perfect medium rare.
  4. Enjoy. Finally, finish these off with a little sliced green onions and sesame seeds and dig in. 

Did you try this recipe for kalbi out in your own backyard? If so, make sure to leave us a comment with your results!

Short ribs on grill grates.

Tips for Making Kalbi

Here are some tips to keep in mind before diving into making your own kalbi.

  • Get friendly with your butcher. Most meat counters only carry the short ribs cut into those 3 inch segments. However, a majority of them are more than willing to cut down a rack of short ribs for you. I ask them to cut the short ribs flanken style (across the bone) at 1/4 inch thickness.
  • Give that marinade time. You want these ribs to soak in that tasty marinade for at least 8 hours, or up to 24 hours. I’ve tried them in all different variations and my sweet spot seems to be right around 12 hours, but if I don’t want to wake up early, I’ll often throw them in the night before and let them do their thing!
  • Go for high heat. Normally with high sugar marinades or seasonings, I tell you to keep that heat low and indirect. That is NOT the case with these short ribs. They are saucy when they come out of the marinade and you need high, direct heat to evaporate that liquid and give you the browning that you need. These are also best cooked to medium-rare, so a hot and fast blast of heat on both sides work the best. They will have great crunchy texture from the char, and a tender chewy inside.
Kalbi ribs with sesame seeds and green onions.

More Beef Ribs Recipes

If you loved these kalbi ribs, then you’ve got to check out some of my other beef ribs recipes. Here are few of my favorites to try next:

Korean Kalbi Short Ribs Recipe

Once you master these mouthwatering Kalbi Korean BBQ short ribs, you’ll be looking for excuses to grill them all the time. Perfect for weeknights, date nights, and summer BBQs, this dish is sure to become a family favorite. Give this recipe a 5-star rating if you loved making it, and don’t forget to check out the Hey Grill Hey app for over 600 more of my BBQ recipes.

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Kalbi (Korean BBQ Short Ribs)

By: Susie Bulloch (heygrillhey.com)
5 from 2 votes
My Kalbi Korean BBQ Short Ribs are sweet-savory marinated beef, grilled to perfection with a caramelized exterior and juicy, tender center.
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Marinate Time12 hours
Total Time12 hours 40 minutes
Servings6 people


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  • 3 pounds flaken cut short ribs


  • ¼ cup green onions sliced as a garnish
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds as a garnish

Kalbi Marinade

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 Asian pear peeled and seeded
  • 1 Fuji apple peeled and seeded
  • 1 kiwi peeled
  • ½ yellow onion peeled
  • 5 large garlic cloves
  • 1 1-inch knob fresh ginger trimmed
  • cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 Tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper


  • Blend the marinade. Combine all ingredients, except for the beef ribs, green onions, and sesame seeds in a blender jar with a tight fitting lid. Blend on high until the marinade is totally smooth.
    1 cup water, 1 cup soy sauce, 1 Asian pear, 1 Fuji apple, 1 kiwi, ½ yellow onion, 5 large garlic cloves, 1 1-inch knob fresh ginger, ⅔ cup light brown sugar, ¼ cup rice wine vinegar, ¼ cup honey, 3 Tablespoons sesame oil, 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt, ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • Marinate the ribs. Place the sliced beef ribs, one at a time in a gallon zip top bag, pouring some of the marinade in between each rib as you place it in the bag. This will ensure that the ribs are evenly marinated. Place the bag in the fridge and marinate for at least 8 hours, or up to 24 hours, turning and massaging the bag halfway through the marinade time.
    3 pounds flaken cut short ribs
  • Preheat the grill. Preheat your grill to high heat (around 450-500 degrees F). Charcoal is my favorite grill to use for this recipe, but it also works on a gas grill or a grill pan.
  • Grill the short ribs. Slowly remove each short rib from the marinade, allowing excess marinade to drip away. Set each rib directly on the grill grates, without letting them overlap. Grill for 3-4 minutes per side, developing nice char marks on each side of the ribs. Use an internal thermometer to check for doneness and pull the ribs off of the grill when they reach 130 degrees F.
  • Garnish and serve. Arrange the grilled ribs on your serving platter and sprinkle with the sesame seeds and sliced green onions. Serve immediately and enjoy!
    ¼ cup green onions, 1 teaspoon sesame seeds


Calories: 411kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 88mg | Potassium: 607mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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**We originally published this post in February 2021, but we recently updated it with more information and helpful tips. However, the recipe remains the same.



Susie is the BBQ Brain behind the Hey Grill Hey website. Her passion for smoked meats and developing fun, new recipes have landed her on the Food Network, cooking turkeys with Shaq, and on a couple of Guinness World Records. When she’s not grilling, she is hanging out with Todd and their three kids, preferably outdoors!

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  1. Almostgem says:

    Love this recioe. Forgot to marinate the ribs last night, but have them in marinade now under 30 inches of vacuum. That should get the marinade inside the meat in a few hours. When our mangoes are in season, we like to make a aweet mango marinade which works great for these and r4eally well for Chicken and Pork Tenderloin. Thanks Susie !

  2. Matt says:

    Got these marinating right now. I can’t wait for dinner! The Marinade is delicious. The recipe makes so much I bad throwing it away. After I pull the ribs out I might dump the Marinade in a pot and boil it for a few minutes, then freeze and save it for another time.

  3. Richard stevens says:

    Great recipe. Will definitely be adding this to my go to list for company. Experimented with one before cooking them all to get the time right. 2 1/2 minutes at 475 was perfect.

  4. Stacey Mahuna says:

    This was great! On my gas grill, I found that 2 mins per side was perfect. Definitely a make again!

  5. Margaret says:

    So yummy and easy! Can’t wait to make this for company when it’s quick, delicious and easy…

  6. Robin says:

    Is it 3 cups of flanken cut short ribs or 3 lbs?

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