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Kalbi (Korean BBQ Short Ribs)

These Kalbi Korean BBQ Short Ribs are a delicious marinated and grilled short rib that the whole family will love! Sweet and savory with a caramelized exterior, kalbi grills up fast and easy with a perfect medium rare center.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Marinate Time12 hrs
Total Time12 hrs 40 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Barbecue
Keyword: Kalbi
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 411kcal
Author: Susie Bulloch (heygrillhey.com)


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!


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