Grilled Kalbi

I’ve been meaning to try my hand at making kalbi (korean marinated short ribs).  When I saw that Costco had started selling short ribs, I quickly bought some:
I wanted to try something a little different, and decided to dry age the ribs:
Short ribs after 21 days in a dry age bag:
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The short ribs got trimmed:
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The meat smelled sweet, and had a very firm, waxy texture.  I had to fry up a piece:
The morsel of short rib meat was very tender, with deep, beefy undertones.  I didn’t even need salt.
The short ribs were thinly sliced, added to a store bought kalbi marinade, vacuum sealed in a food savor bag, and marinated for 48 hours:
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The meat was threaded onto skewers for ease of flipping on the grill, as I correctly guessed that thinly sliced, dry aged meat cooks within the blink of an eye:
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The kalbi fresh off the grill:
Prior to tossing the meat on the grill, I finished cooking some jasmine rice:
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I served the kalbi in a butter leaf lettuce wrap, filled with the jasmine rice, and topped off with diced green onions:
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I loved the way the marinade, which was somewhat sweet with notes of saltiness and heat, carmelized into a nice saucey coating for the meat.  The dry aged kalbi had a rich, beefy flavor, and combined with the sweet smelling, floral essense of the jasmine rice, this meal was a true delight.  This will definitely not be the last time I make this.

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4 Responses to Grilled Kalbi

  1. Chris says:

    Impressive! I look forward to Costco opening here in November. Where do you buy your dry aging bags?

  2. smokingal says:

    I get them from There is lots of information on the process and they also have a user forum.

  3. Kim in MD says:

    Hello- I stumbled upon your blog today through Chris’s (Nibble Me This) Facebook page. I love your blog! These short ribs look so delicious! Did you purchase the marinade at Costco, too? Thanks!

    • smokingal says:

      Thanks for checking out my blog. The marinade was purchased at QFC (Kroger’s in other cities). However, there are many recipes available online if you want to make it from scratch.

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