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Smoked Beef Short Ribs Recipe (Korean Kalbi Style)

Smoked Beef Short Ribs Recipe (Korean Kalbi Style)

One of my son’s favorite things to order when we are out is Korean Short Ribs, Kalbi. When my husband and I saw the ribs at Costco, we couldn’t resist. So here’s my smoked version of this traditional Korean dish.

Smoked Beef Short Ribs


  • 1 cup lemonade or lemon-lime soda (either will work)
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro paste (or 1/4 cup fresh cilantro)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup Mirin (or use Chinese Rice Wine)
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce (substitute with soy sauce if you don't have this)
  • 1 cup fruit (asian pears, mangoes, or apples)
  • 1/2 bunch green onions
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 12 beef short ribs (bone in)


Step 1
Except for the short ribs, use a food processor or blender and blend all ingredients together until smooth. Marinade short ribs over night or up to 3 days. You can place flat in a dish and pour the marinade over, or put in a ziplock bag.
Step 2
Set smoker to 325 degrees. Drain excess liquid and add the short ribs to the smoker, leaving room between each. Smoke at 325 for 15 minutes, flip and smoke for 10 minutes. Flip and smoke for 5-15 minutes (depending on how well you like your beef cooked).

I’ve made Kalbi once before, but it was a little different since I made them inside and turned them into a sandwich. This is closer to traditional Kabli. When looking up the recipe online, I compared my previous recipe and recipes I’ve found online. The one thing I found was that most of the recipes use Asian pears. How often do you have asian pears sitting around?

So, no asian pears for me, but I did have mango chunks in the freezer. So, viola! that’s what I used (oh and it worked on my earlier recipe as well). I didn’t use as much as before so the mango flavor really wasn’t too strong.

Next, a lot of the recipes called for a lemon-lime soda. Well, again, did I have that? Nope! But my husband had just made some Lemonade. What do you think I did? Yep, I used the lemonade.

Ok, so as you an see, I am a bundle of substitutions. Still was amazing and flavorful and so tender.

I hope you try it. You don’t have to use the smoker. You can grill or use the oven (roast or broil). If you use a grill, you will want to have a watchful eye as they will flare up due to the sugars and fat.

There you have it. I’m not much for words today. Enjoy!!!

Smoked Beef Short Ribs Recipe by Dish Ditty Recipes
Smoked Beef Short Ribs Recipe by Dish Ditty Recipes

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