Korean BBQ Short Ribs (Kalbi)

This post is dedicated to my friend Susan who, after months and months of promising to do guest posts of her family’s favorite Korean dishes, finally just sent me her mom’s Kalbi recipe so that I would stop harassing her while she was neck deep in finals and bar exam prep.  I still want to wrangle a guest post out of her (ahem, Susan are you reading this?), but since I got a delicious family recipe out of the bargain I’ll let it go…for now.

I’ve made this dish several times since I got the recipe, and it’s quickly becoming one of our favorite things to eat when we’re in the mood for Asian food. The salty-sweet marinade is tongue-ticklingly delicious, and not only tenderizes the meat but also infuses it with tons of wonderful umami flavor. When cooked over a grill, the sugar in the marinade caramelizes a little on the meat, and gives some bites an addicting salty-sweet crackle. Mmm mmm mmmm. So far, we like our short ribs best in lettuce wraps with rice and kimchi, but I can tell you that they’re equally tasty straight off the grill with a big steaming bowl of rice. Thanks for the awesome recipe, Susan!


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