BBQ Is an International passion, and the world gives us various BBQ flavors, colors, and tastes. Today we look at a Korean BBQ Marinade Recipe the I have found easy to make and yields amazing results.
For Years I have enjoyed Koren food, especially Korean BBQ. So I did some digging and did some research and found the magic is the BBQ Korean Marinade.
After some research, trial, and so many errors, we finally found the main key to amazing Korean BBQ and how to make it.
Let’s Talk Korean BBQ. Introducing Bulgogi
Bulgogi is a traditional type of Korean BBQ marinade and is known for its flavorful punch. Bulgogi Korean BBQ meats are bathed in this marinade to add flavor and tenderize the meats.
Bulgogi means “fire meat” and consists of meat, traditionally beef, marinated in Korean marinades, then grilled and sometimes stir-fired.
Bulgogi is a popular Korean marinade and is also known as Korean sauce. There are other types of Korean sauce, but Bulgogi source is the most popular.
Ingredients in Korean Sauce
The most common Korean BBQ sauce ingredients are soy sauce, sugar, ginger garlic, pepper sesame oil, and scallions. Some add other ingredients like pear and fruits like pineapple. Different marinade recipes are more on the spicy side and but you can always change things to fit your taste.
Let’s make Korean BBQ Marinade
This BBQ sauce is the key component to making extraordinary Korean BBQ dishes. One of our favorite courses is Korean BBQ Chicken.
The Marinade Recipe
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup fresh Asian pear juice or puree – Asian pear juice is optional and used to sweeten the marinade. Add to taste.
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1-2 scallions, chopped
- 1 1/2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
- Pinch freshly ground black pepper
Making this marinade is easy and can be mixed using a small bowl. Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix them well. Feel free to adjust the ingredients’ quantities to adjust the flavor to your liking, as with any recipe. Experiment and see what works best with the meats and side dishes you are preparing.
Asian pear juice can sweeten the mix but add this extra ingredient at your discretion and liking.
Let’s Korean BBQ Some Chicken
We use boneless chicken and let it marinate for at least 2 hours. You can try this marinade with other cuts and even beef. Chicken wings and drumsticks also work.
Place the meat in a Zip-Lock bag and add the marinade sauce. Be sure to shake the meat around and let the marinade hit every bit of skin, meat, and bone in that bag.
Marinating foods softens lean meats and makes tougher cuts of meat tastier. Marinating adds “moisture” to dry meats and can help with meats’ moisture while grilling.
Marinade For A Few Hours
Let the chicken absorb the marinade for at least two hours. You are welcome to try leaving it marinating for a long time, but two hours should allow the meat to absorb the marinade.
Now We Korean BBQ Grill
Light up your BBQ grill and preheat it to about 350 degrees. Do not get the grill too hot; the sugar in the marinade ingredients can char, get dark and add a bitter taste to the meat.
Place the chicken on the “barbe” skin side down. Let the skin come to light brown color and crisp- don’t burn it! In about 10 minutes, move the chicken to indirect heat and let the chicken cook through.
After the chicken is done, place it on a plate and let rest just for a few minutes.
This is a fun recipe that you can try at home. Experiment with different cuts of meats, pork, chicken, beef and see what you find fits your taste best. Enjoy the process!