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Simple And Easy Korean BBQ (bulgogi) On The Grill

Korean BBQ like bul gogi is a super easy, sweet-and-salty marinade that anyone can make in a few minutes and it tastes ridiculously good. And of course my favorite family recipe is the one to try.

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Korean marinated beef [Bulgogi] from kfoodaddict on flickr
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Korean marinated beef [Bulgogi] from kfoodaddict on flickr

Bul-gogi Recipe

2 lbs round roast (beef), sliced very thin (sandwich meat thin, around 1/16th – 1/8th an inch), have the meat guy/gal do this for you. Better beef works as well. Asian markets often have beef pre-sliced, which will make it a bit easier.

5 cloves of garlic (big cloves)

1/2 large sweet onion, or 1 small sweet onion [optional]

1/2 cup Coca-Cola

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon pepper

1 Tablespoon sesame oil [optional]

A dash of salt — the soy sauce is already salty, so not a required ingredient.


Ready a container that will fit your beef and some extra liquid from the marinade. I typically will use a Pyrex container, since glass does not hold on to smells like plastic. A gallon (or two) ziplock bag will work too, just make sure to stand it up in the fridge so it doesn't spill everywhere.

Chop up onion and garlic (no need for perfect chopping, it's just for the marinade!). Mix in Coca-Cola, soy sauce, brown sugar, pepper, sesame oil and salt. Place your sliced up beef in the marinade, and place in fridge overnight, or for several hours (all day at the least — 12+ hours preferable).

Grill meat for a short period, it does not take long to grill the thinly sliced beef. Broiling will also work. Personally, I prefer a nice char on at least part of the meat since that char just tastes so good.

Serve alone (meat is meat!), or with white or brown rice and some Korean seaweed (dried, salted and oiled seaweed) and enjoy. I typically will buy a jar of kimchi to serve as a side, along with some in-season fruit to balance all that greasy (tasty) meat, but that is of course all up to you.

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