Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Korean Short Ribs

Ok, I almost had the building evacuated when I made this. I moved into a new apartment with UBER sensitive fire detectors  that I knew nothing of until I made my most delicious Korean short ribs... I was really in the groove of things, getting them so perfectly crisp when I was rudely interrupted with a very aggressive "Fire/Siren/Fire" warning. However, the crisis was averted with my husband's incessant fanning and the opening of every single window!

These ribs are out of this world fantastic. They're sweet, sour, perfectly salty- I couldn't have prayed for a better result. The only thing you must do to get them to perfection is char them- the must be BBQ'd or put on an extremely hot grill pan... If you do this at home, open all your windows and pray for breeze!

2 pounds short ribs cut into portions (use the bones as your guide)
1 pear cut into cubes
5 scallions cut on a 2 inch bias
3/4 cup soy sauce
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup filipino vinegar (I would use less if you don't have this on hand and are substituting with white vinegar)
1 cup water
1 teaspoon chili paste (I use sambal)
1 tablespoon sesame oil

Mix all the ingredients together in a large saucepan and let sit at least three hours in the fridge (preferably overnight).

Bring the ingredients to a boil and simmer for 1.5 hours. Remove the short ribs from the marinade and reserve. Boil the marinade down until it becomes a thick sauce (try to mash up the pear so it can be part of the sauce and help sweeten it). You want it to reduce A LOT. Once it's thick and glossy but still a bit runny you'll know it's ready. While it reduce, taste it sweet? Salty? If it's too sweet, add a bit of soy sauce and water. If it's salty add more white sugar... remember things can easily be remedied!

Heat your grill on high. Toss the ribs in the reduced cooking liquid and grill for about 2-3 minutes on each side or until they get beautifully charred on each side. Put on a serving plate and top with more sauce!


  1. I don't even eat meat but these look beautiful! I can't wait to see the new place :)

  2. Thanks so much...maybe you will one day...;)
    It's not quite perfect yet, but it's coming along!!