flanken korean bbq ribs

Flanken Korean BBQ Ribs

Korean BBQ is a popular cuisine known for its amazing flavours and unique twists on typical BBQ styles, and these flanken ribs are no exception. Lee from Smoke and Sear has created a delicious recipe for flanken Korean BBQ ribs that you won’t want to miss. See how he does it below.  

Cooking Method

  1. Pat the flanken ribs dry with paper towels and season with a pinch of salt and black pepper. 
  2. In a bowl, mix together light soy sauce, brown sugar, mirin, minced garlic, grated ginger, and a dash of sesame oil.  
  3. Place the ribs in a shallow dish and pour the marinade over them, ensuring the ribs are well coated.  
  4. Leave the ribs to marinate for a minimum of 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.  
  5. Fire up your grill to a medium-high heat (around 200C). 
  6. Grill the marinated ribs for around 2-3 minutes per side, or until they’re caramelised and cooked to your desired doneness.  

The Ingredients

  • 1.5kg flanken beef ribs 
  • Salt and black pepper to taste 
  • ¼ cup light soy sauce 
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar 
  • 2 tbsp mirin (rice wine) 
  • 1 tsp minced garlic 
  • 1 tsp grated ginger 
  • A dash of sesame oil 

What to serve with Flanken Korean BBQ Ribs

This recipe for flanken Korean BBQ ribs will work perfectly with a fresh cucumber salad and jasmine rice to truly let the flavours of the marinade and the tenderness of the ribs shine through. Other potential side dishes for the ribs include: 

  • Kimchi 
  • Pickled radish 
  • Sweet potato mash 
  • Butternut squash 
  • Steamed broccoli 

Frequently Asked Questions

Technically yes, flanken, short, and spare ribs are all the same piece of meat, but the difference between them is how they’re cut. Flanken ribs are thin cuts, sliced across the bone, and are known to be a staple in Korean BBQ food.  

Yes, each piece of a flanken rib has three to four sections of bone that are surrounded by a generous amount of meat.  

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