Kalbi (Korean BBQ Short Ribs): Authentic Recipe


After trying many recipes for homemade-style Korean BBQ, I finally found a great recipe from a friend who learned it from his mom. It's sweet, salty, spicy, and very tender (Thanks to the Coke®). I use this same recipe to make Bulgogi and Dae Ji Bool Gogi (Spicy Pork) and simply change the onions to sliced bulbs for the bulgogi.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
6 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 21 mins
4 servings



  • ¾ cup cola-flavored carbonated beverage (such as Coca-Cola®)

  • ¼ cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup soy sauce

  • ¼ cup water

  • 2 green onions, chopped

  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic

  • 1 ½ teaspoons sesame seeds

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 pounds short ribs


  1. Combine cola beverage, white sugar, soy sauce, water, green onions, sesame oil, garlic, sesame seeds, and black pepper in a bowl until marinade is well-mixed.

  2. Place short ribs in a resealable plastic bag and pour in marinade. Squeeze out excess air and seal the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate. Remove short ribs from marinade, discarding marinade.

  4. Cook short ribs until browned and cooked to desired doneness, 3 to 4 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).

Cook's Note:

Add red chili paste, or sambal, to make it a bit spicy.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of marinade ingredients. The actual amount of marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

647 Calories
52g Fat
21g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 647
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 52g 67%
Saturated Fat 19g 96%
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 956mg 42%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 298mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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