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How to bbq korean-style beef short ribs

Korean short ribs bbq cooking time

Unlike their American and European-style counterparts, Korean-style beef short ribs are cut thinly across the bones, so they cook quickly on the barbecue.

Before cooking your Korean short ribs (also referred to as ‘La Galbi’ in Korea), try marinating them for 24 hours in a tenderising Korean marinade, renowned for its deep, savoury, sweet flavour. Cooking them over the bbq will also give your ribs a smoky hit and irresistible charred edges.

Unlike traditional short ribs that require long, slow braising or smoking, the golden rule when barbecuing your Korean short ribs is “hard and fast”. Once you’ve laid your beef ribs on the hot grill, aim to cook them for no more than 2-3 minutes on each side until caramelised.

How to cook Korean beef short ribs on the bbq

  1. If using a marinade, pour over the ribs and mix well to coat. Allow at least an hour to let the flavours soak in, but ideally, you should marinade and cover your beef for 24 hours before cooking. This is because beef short ribs are from an area of the cow that has done a lot of work – this means lots of flavour. Although not essential, a marinade will help.
  2. Remove beef from marinade or packaging.
  3. Rub a little olive oil over both sides of your Korean short ribs and generously season with salt and cracked black pepper if opting for a simple approach.
  4. Ensure the bbq has burnt down and the coals are hot before you start cooking – the short ribs should immediately sizzle on contact.
  5. Place your Korean beef short ribs on the bbq and cook for 2-3 minutes on one side until it has a lovely golden brown exterior.
  6. Repeat on the other side, again waiting a few minutes or three for them to caramelise.
  7. Set aside to rest for at least five minutes, covering the ribs loosely in aluminium foil.
  8. Serve and enjoy – don’t forget to lick your fingers.

Top tips

  • A classic bbq marinade, rich and sweet with molasses and tart with vinegar, backed up with punchy mustard, would work well as a marinade — brush on during cooking to enhance the glazed effect of the marinade.
  • This cut is known as ‘Banderitas’ in Argentina — use the same cooking technique with a simple seasoning and try serving your Korean-style bbq beef short ribs alongside vibrant, herbaceous, and spicy chimichurri sauce. A mainstay of the Argentinian asado (or barbecue), it’s the perfect fresh accompaniment to grilled meat, especially beef ribs that are so rich in flavour.