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Spicy Grilled Galbi Recipe

You and your whole family are going to love this easy, delicious, Spicy Grilled Galbi recipe! The next time you see a good deal on flanken short ribs, pick some up and give this delicious recipe a try.

Grilled Galbi Short Ribs

Cooking galbi on a pellet grill adds a delicious smoky flavor to the already mouthwatering Korean BBQ dish. It also provides an even and consistent heat for cooking, ensuring the meat is cooked perfectly every time. With the ease of use and the ability to control the temperature precisely, making galbi on a pellet grill is a great choice for anyone looking to elevate their BBQ game.

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Spicy Grilled Galbi shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • flanken beef short ribs
  • soy sauce
  • brown sugar
  • mirin
  • toasted sesame oil
  • black pepper
  • gochujang
  • onion
  • garlic
  • apple
  • ginger

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How to make Korean Beef Galbi on the grill

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.



Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Add to a large baggie along with the flanken short ribs and let marinate overnight.



Preheat your grill to 425°-450°F.



Remove the meat from the marinade and place them onto the grill grates. Grill for 2-3 minutes per side.



Serve with steamed rice and stir-fried vegetables.

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Grilled Galbi Recipe FAQ

Are there any substitutions?

I haven’t tested this recipe with any substitutions, but marinades are usually pretty forgiving. If you want it less sweet, reduce the brown sugar a bit. If you want it more spicy, add some more gochujang or some Korean chili pepper threads.

How should you store the leftovers?

Store these in an air-tight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.

How do you reheat the leftovers?

Personally, while you can get a decent recent in the microwave with these, I’d actually recommend tossing them back on the grill or heating in a pan on the stovetop with a little oil. You’ll be able to better control the final result without overcooking.

What’s the best side dish to serve with Grilled Galbi?

I love banchan, which are basically small-plate appetizers, and this Cucumber Kimchi would be perfect with this dish. So would some Japchae, which is a Korean noodle dish featuring glass noodles, vegetables, and protein like chicken, pork, or shrimp, mixed with a sweet sauce.

Another great one would be these Spicy Korean Rice Cakes.

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Grilled Galbi Short Ribs
Yield: 6 servings

Traeger Spicy Galbi Korean BBQ Short Ribs

Traeger Spicy Galbi Korean BBQ Short Ribs

Galbi is a delicious Korean BBQ dish made with marinated short ribs that is grilled perfectly, offering a unique blend of sweet, savory, and smoky flavors.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Marinate Time Time 8 hours
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 26 minutes


  • 3 pounds flanken short ribs


  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup mirin
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoons black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon gochujang
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 tart apple
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger


  1. Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour over the flanken short ribs in a large baggie. Let marinate overnight.
  3. Preheat your grill to 425°- 450F.
  4. Lay out the flanken short ribs on the hot grill and cook for 2-3 minutes per side.
  5. Remove from the grill and serve with steamed rice.


We love serving some Bachan Japanese BBQ Sauce with this dish, but it is just fine all on its own too!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 887Total Fat: 57gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 3gUnsaturated Fat: 31gCholesterol: 234mgSodium: 969mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 2gSugar: 26gProtein: 60g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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