DWAEJIGALBI (KOREAN STYLE BBQ PORK)
Easy Dwaejigalbi 백종원 돼지갈비 구이
Thinly sliced pork steaks marinated in an easy soy sauce, garlic and ginger marinade. This is the real deal. Korean Dwaejigalbi is world class BBQ!
Watch my Easy Dwaejigalbi Recipe Video (4m 08s)
Dwaejigalbi is one of the most popular Korean BBQ. When travelling in South Korea you will find BBQ restaurants everywhere. Within a five minute walk from my mum’s house in Daegu, there are at least 10 BBQ restaurants! Pork is quite reasonably priced in Korea and as such suits all budgets. You can go cheap or very expensive and somewhere in-between. We usually ate somewhere in-between as the side dishes you get with your meal tend to be better.
When I was a child, we used to go to the beache or waterparks in summer. There is a beach town, Pohang only 40 minutes away from my hometown on the motorway without traffic but the traffic was always quite bad in summer. After playing all day on the beach or waterpark, my parents used to take us a restaurant for dinner near to my house when we arrived home. Eating out wasn’t as popular as now when I was a kid. These days, in South Korea, there are restaurants and takeaways everywhere. And I mean EVERYWHERE. Eating out was a luxury when I was young.
Anyway, after coming home from the beach or waterpark, the restaurants where we went were always Korean BBQ restaurants. We were eating so much whenever we had an opportunity to eat out. Korean BBQ is always cooked at your table in a restaurant. Traditionally, the meat is cooked over charcoal on a special grill built into the table but these days it is more common to have a gas grill in the table instead. I suppose it is less work for the restaurant owner as they need someone to constantly bring burning charcoal to each customer.
Not many Koreans cook or grill this meat at home as it is far easier to walk the 2 minutes to your local BBQ restaurant. In restaurants, side dishes are included in the price and they also serve rice and doenjang soup. Why would you make it at home when you can have such a great meal and not need to do the washing up?
I adapted this recipe from the famous Korean chef, Baek Jong Won. It is important to use good pork. As galbi means ribs in Korean, you should use boneless rib meat if you can get it. Where I live in the UK it is almost impossible to find boneless rib meat so I use pork shoulder steaks and they are just as good. Don’t marinate the meat for too long as you will lose the tenderness of the meat. 30 minutes is enough.
I made double the amount of sauce, so, if you want to reduce the ingredients to half or grill twice as much Dwaejigalbi like me, it is your choice. I can guarantee that this will impress your guests at your next dinner party or barbecue. Enjoy!
- 1kg Pork Shoulder Steak
- ½ Cup Mashed Garlic
- 1 tbsp Mashed Ginger
- 1 Cup Spring Onions/Scallions, Finely chopped
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 2 Cups Soy Sauce
- 1 Cup Mirin
- 2 Cups Water
- ⅓ Cup Sesame Oil
- Serve with...
- Korean BBQ dipping sauce
- Side dishes
- Mushrooms, onions and garlic
- A bowl of rice
- Freeze the pork steaks for 1-2 hours. When they are slightly frozen, chop the steak as thinly as possible. Freezing them for a short time makes them easier to slice.
- Add the mashed garlic, ginger, spring onions/scallions, sugar, soy sauce, mirin, water and sesame oil to a large bowl and mix them completely.
- Add the pork to the sauce and mix them. Leave it for half an hour to marinate.
- Heat the bbq grill over a high heat, When hot, lay the meat on the grill and cook the pork, turning occasionally until it is done on both sides. Use a clean pair of scissors to cut the meat into bite size pieces so it is easy to pick up with chopsticks. Enjoy Dwaejigalbi with Korean side dishes and a bowl of rice. Refer to the video to see how to eat Korean BBQ.