Kalbi-Grilled Korean BBQ Beef Short Ribs

One of my family’s favorites for a shared eating experience is Korean BBQ Beef Ribs. When these thinly sliced juicy strips of meat hit the grill you should let the flames kiss them until excellence is achieved. The aroma of grilling beef is a primal joy that is only surpassed by the first bite of these well marinated, tender, char-grill ribs that will make you forget about watching what you eat. Korean BBQ Beef Ribs also known as Kalbi or Galbi have become a very poplar dish in America and is a must try dish. They are so easy to make at home, preparation takes no longer than 5 minutes and cook time is less than 6-9 minutes total (depending on your grill and heat settings). Check out the video to see just how easy this dish is to prepare. Your family will be fighting over the last one, I promise. These are perfect to add to the table for large gatherings also.

We usually eat these on the weekend or special occasions. You can make them without using a marinade to mix it up a bit. All you have to do is add some salt and pepper before grilling them.  

Having grown up in an Asian household I prefer to marinate them. When marinated for 3 hours or overnight (recommended), the meat gets very tender and you can taste the succulent sauce. The sauce adds a beautiful marriage of salty-sweet-tangy to the texture and creates flavorful juicy ribs that are a joy to eat.  In my opinion, the marinade elevates the taste of the beef and increases the tenderness of the meat.  When cooked correctly the meat should easily peel away from the bone and not be chewy.  Beef ribs are well served with rice, noodles, lettuce but you can just gnaw on them fresh off the grill with a cold beer or you preferred libation. When this dish hits the table, yo will be able to tell by the looks on the faces of your family that this will no doubt become a staple for communal dinning in your household.    

Grilled Korean BBQ Beef Short Ribs (Kalbi)

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Marinate Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Servings 4


  • Food Processor or Blender


  • 3-4 lbs thin sliced beef ribs


  • 2 pears or 1 asian pear
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • ½ onion
  • 2 tbsp ginger
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup mirin can substitute dry sherry, sweet marsala wine or dry white wine
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds


  • In a food processor, add all the marinated ingredients except the sesame seeds. Puree until smooth.
  • In a large bowl, add the meat and marinated mixture together. Using a gloved hand; fold/turn the meat until the ribs are fully covered.
  • Add sesame seeds to the large bowl and fold/turn until the ribs are uniformly coated.
  • Marinate for at least 3 hours but preferably overnight.
  • Preheat the grill on to high. Cook 2-3 minutes per side.

Best to served fresh off the grill and served with rice, salad, or vegetables.

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