Korean BBQ Beef Short Ribs (Kalbi)

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Korean
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
marinating time: 3 days
Total Time: 3 days 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 522kcal
Kalbi (or Galbi) is the traditional Korean short rib barbecue. The trick to attaining maximum flavor is marinating the ribs over several days. I recommend marinating for no less than 3 and no more than 5 days.
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  • 1 ½ cups soy sauce
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup sesame oil
  • 1 head of garlic minced
  • 1 white onion chopped
  • 3 large green onions chopped
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 5 lbs beef short-ribs


  • Mix soy sauce and sugar until sugar is dissolved.
  • Add sesame oil and whisk vigorously until incorporated.
  • Mix in the remaining ingredients.
  • Place the ribs in a large nonreactive container or zip-top bag, and cover with the marinade. Rotate the marinade and ribs every 12 hours to ensure uniform coverage.
  • Broiling: place ribs in oven with broiler set on high. Broil just until edges are black and crispy, about 12-15 minutes.
  • Grilling: place ribs over high heat, turning only once, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Serve with sticky rice and kimchi


Sodium: 3427mg | Calcium: 32mg | Vitamin C: 2mg | Vitamin A: 82IU | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 864mg | Cholesterol: 122mg | Calories: 522kcal | Saturated Fat: 10g | Fat: 28g | Protein: 44g | Carbohydrates: 21g | Iron: 6mg