I’ve been craving some Korean barbecue for a while. As much as I love Korean Barbecue I don’t love the long lines I have to endure to get it. I’ve decided to make my own homemade Kalbi. I had a stopover in Korea a few years ago in Incheon and I stumbled upon a big Korean Barbecue restaurant. I regret now that I didn’t document my experience with photos but I do remember how tender the meat was. I’ve tried to replicate that experience over the years and found that most recipes call for pears, some apples. After some reading I discovered that Kiwi is rich in the enzyme Actinidin which is a very potent meat tenderizer. It breaks down tough protein and once I switched to using Kiwi I was finally able to relive my Korean Barbecue experience again some years ago. Now I don’t have to fly to Korea to do so. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did. One thing I highly recommend is patience.. lots of it as waiting 3 days for that marinade to really get in the meat is truly worth it!
- 3 lbs Korean Beef Short Ribs (I got mine from Costco, also available in Korean Supermarkets)
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
- 1/4 cup honey (optional)
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
- 1/2 cup white onion (cubed)
- 1 Kiwi (peeled and cubed)
- 1 TBSP black Sesame Oil
- Togarashi (this is optional and to taste, or you can use chili flakes or Korean chili powder)
- Wash your meat thoroughly to get rid of bone shards left in the meat during the slicing process. Pat dry.
- Rub the brown sugar in the meat. Spread evenly. Set meat aside.
- Blend all remaining ingredients together until smooth.
- Place the meat and the blended marinade in a big freezer bag. Massage and move the meat around to distribute marinade evenly.
- Marinate in the fridge overnight (preferably 3 days to give the marinade a chance to tenderize the meat and to let the flavor really steep.
- Grill meat for about 4 minutes per side, watch carefully as brown sugar and soy sauce can burn really quickly.
- Serve with rice and kimchi.
And that’s it! Now take a bite!