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Quick BBQ Rib Lettuce Wraps

Quick BBQ ribs - Kalbi

These ribs are a savory-sweet and quick-cooking, fun dish. The traditional way to serve Kalbi is as a lettuce wrap. Serve a platter of crisp lettuce leaves, warm rice, grilled BBQ ribs, and Asian Dipping Sauce. Each diner takes a lettuce leaf and adds rice, a dollop of sauce, and the delicious grilled beef. Fold and eat. 

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  • 4 to 5Servings


  • 1 Asian pear or favorite pear, peeled and grated with a microplane (this sweetens the meat and helps make the meat very tender)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 6 large cloves garlic, grated on a microplane or minced
  • ¼ cup mirin or sweet white wine
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 3 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (don’t skimp on this)
  • 6 scallions, sliced
  • 5 pounds Grow and Behold Korean short ribs
  • Garnish: sesame seeds, sliced scallions
  • Dipping sauce (optional)


1. In a large pan for marinating or a reusable plastic bag, combine grated pear, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, mirin, water, sesame oil, ginger, black pepper, scallions, and short ribs. Marinate for at least 4 hours or overnight 

2. Preheat grill to medium-high. 

3. Grill short ribs 3 to 4 minutes per side.