Ginger Beer and Black Plum Kalbi - Korean Style BBQ Ribs
August 15, 2015
This recipe takes me back to my youth in Hawaii where delicious variations on Asian cuisine can be found all over the islands. I took the classic Korean Kalbi (Galbi) recipe ingredients and added a twist: replacing Asian pear with black plums and sparkling lime soda gets a ginger beer upgrade.
The result is finger licking good!
The ingredients are so delicious, such a fresh take on the classic kalbi dish. I use black plum for earthy sweetness, lots of ginger beer adds an exotic twist and sesame oil for undeniable Asian flavor. Cilantro, rice wine vinegar, green onions, Siracha and brown sugar provide the perfect combination of sweet heat.
Marinade the meat, covered in the refrigerator, for several hours for maximum flavor.
Grill indoors or outside on high heat for about 5 minutes on each side.
I like to make a little extra marinade to drizzle over the hot grilled short ribs. Be sure to set the extra marinade in a separate container in your refrigerator until ready to use (it should not touch raw meat). Then warm it in a sauce pan over low heat or in the microwave when ready to use.
4 pounds short ribs, cut lengthwise (flanken) 2 black plums, chopped (set half of one aside to grill or chop as garnish) 1 cup soy sauce 12 ounces ginger beer ¾ cup brown sugar ¼ cup granulated sugar ⅓ cup mirin or rice wine vinegar ⅓ cup chopped cilantro 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil 2 tablespoons Siracha sauce or hot chili oil ½ large Vidalia or white onion, chopped 1 tablespoon grated garlic 1 tablespoon grated ginger 3 green onions, chopped (set 1 aside to finely chop for garnish) 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds (optional) Canola oil for grilling (optional)
Combine marinade ingredients in a large mixing bowl Pour half of marinade in a large shallow container Place short ribs on top of marinade Pour remaining marinade over ribs Marinate 1 hour or up to overnight (the longer the better) Heat grill to medium-high Drizzle canola oil over indoor grill or rub outdoor grill with oil prior to heating (optional) Grill short ribs about 5 minutes per side (turning once) Garnish with green onions and black plums.