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Kalbi (Korean BBQ Short Ribs): Authentic Recipe

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"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."
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2 h 21 m servings 647
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  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; 52.4 20.7 22.9 93 956 Full nutrition

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I used a pretty thick boneless short rib instead of korean style cut. Marinated for 4-5 hours. The marinade gives a good flavor and the ribs were tender indeed. My only complaint was that I wish...