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When you plan to get a group dinner, you will wonder what would work for everyone. There are so many menus and some would really work for parties. So if you wonder what would work the best, then one of the food is the Korean BBQ. It is meant to give you a collective experience. Korean BBQ is growing in popularity among the non-Korean communities in the US, but there are also people out who are not familiar with it. It is all about balance and contrast between the flavors and is completely customizable for everyone to eat what they want. 

If you haven’t tried Korean BBQ, then continue reading to know how delicious the dish is. 

What is Korean BBQ?

koren bbq

It is a popular method of grilling meat, simply it is a method of cooking cuts of marinated meat. In the restaurants, they use charcoal or gas right into the table and a variety of flavors like toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, and gochujang are used to marinate. It gives an experience of making barbecue right at the table with the right type of flavor. 

This dish can be accompanied by veggies, rice, Kimchi, pajeori, and various others. The cooks might serve banchan and then replenish the food throughout the meal for the guest to enjoy. 

What do you have in a Korean Barbecue?

It includes different elements that play a major role in the meal. 

Korean Barbecue

Korean barbecue restaurants will have one type of meat like chicken, beef, or pork.  You can make a choice to use the best part of the animal you want. Usually, they use the belly of poke and the neck, leg, and skin will be options.  You cook the meat yourself over the grill in the center of the table by flipping it with chopsticks and cutting it into small pieces. 

They use ssam which is the term used for meat and veggies after wrapping them in leaves.  You can use perilla leaves,  lettuce leaves,  sesame leaves, or a combination with grilled meat. There is a sauce called ssamjang which is a soya bean paste and Red Pepper paste.  It features umami flavor and complementary ingredients and makes sure that it doesn’t overpower the rest of the flavors. 

Doenjang jjigae is a fermented bean paste stew that arrives at the end of the meal which is a brothy stew with protein and vegetables and you can enjoy it with rice and kimchi. You can try traditional beverages like soju a  popular Korean wine or other light drinks.

Korean BBQ recipes

Jeyuk Bokkeum (Spicy Pork BBQ)

Jeyuk Bokkeum

This spicy Korean pork Bulgogi is marinated in a sauce with lots of fresh garlic and ginger and it is a perfect dish for spicy food lovers.


To marinate

How to make

Slice the meat thinly. And then take a bowl and mix all the marinade ingredients well. Add meat, onion, and scallions in it and mix them well. Take a skillet and grill it over charcoal or pan-fry over medium-high heat until it gets slightly caramelized. (Preheat and oil it lightly with sesame oil before adding the meat, and adjust the heat as necessary)

Dak Bulgogi (Chicken Bulgogi)

Dak Bulgogi

This is a sweet and savory dish and contains no red meat. It is perfect for outdoor grilling. You need to cut the chicken into large pieces and marinate for a longer time to get the best taste.


To marinate

How to make

Rinse the chicken pieces and trim off the excess fat. Cut the chicken pieces into small sizes. 

If you plan for outdoor grilling, cut them into large pieces and marinate them for a longer time.

Mix the marinade ingredients in a bowl until the sugar dissolves. Coat the pieces with the marinade and marinate for 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Take the skillet and reheat over medium-high heat. Add the chicken pieces reserving the marinade. Cook until it gets slightly caramelized about 2 minutes on each side. 

When using sugar and honey in the marinade it will burn easily so be careful and add the reserved marinade when the pan gets dry. Slightly reduce the heat to avoid burning. 

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