Korean Sweet Grilled Beef Ribs

Korean Sweet Grilled Beef Ribs

Recently, I posted a recipe for Spicy Korean Beef Ribs. The ribs you see pictured above are prepared in a very similar way but without the spicy Korean Gochujang Chili Paste to lend them fire. Here, the marinade is much milder and sweeter, but, in a slight twist from Korean tradition, replaces the more common Asian Pear with Apple Sauce. For the best results, these ribs should really be done on the barbecue, but for this recipe, and for convenience, these Ribs get ‘grilled’ in the oven under the broiler.

Ingredient Notes

As with the Spicy version of these Ribs previously published, the Recipe Card below calls for the ‘Flanken-Cut’ style popular in Korean Barbecue. As you can see in some of the pictures below, these Ribs are cut across the bone so that each strip of meat has multiple, thin ‘button’ shape pieces of bone.

The Method

The Marinade for Korean Sweet Grilled Beef Ribs
The Marinade for Korean Sweet Grilled Beef Ribs

First, mix the marinade ingredients (that is, all the ingredients except the ribs) together in a small bowl. This will be the most complicated part of the job.

Marinating Beef Ribs
Marinating Beef Ribs

Pour the marinade over the ribs and mix well, then set aside to marinate for at least two hours, turning them periodically. A longer marination time, including overnight in the refrigerator, will work even better.

Broiling Beef Ribs
Broiling Beef Ribs

Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees and then put the ribs on a wire rack over a foil-lined grilling sheet. When you are ready, turn the overhead grill on to high and pop the ribs into the oven just a few inches below the broiling elements.

Cook for about 7 or 8 minutes on each side and watch them carefully so that they do not burn. If things are going a bit fast under your broiler, you can always lower them away from the heat a little. Once they are cooked through and have a nice bit of charring here and there, remove from the oven and let rest for a few minutes before serving.

A portion of Korean Sweet Grilled Beef Ribs in a Meal
A portion of Korean Sweet Grilled Beef Ribs in a Meal

Here are some of the Ribs cut into single bone pieces and served with rice, and a very nice Bamboo pickle as a Banchan.

Your Recipe Card:

Korean Sweet Grilled Beef Ribs

These Korean Sweet Grilled Beef Ribs are marinated With Rice Wine, Sugar, Ginger, and Apple Sauce. They make a great main dish or appetizer.
Prep Time1 d
Cook Time20 mins
Servings: 4 as one dish in a Korean Meal
Author: John Thompson


  • 1 lb. Flanken-cut Beef Ribs;
  • 1/3 cup plain Apple Sauce;
  • 2 tbsp. Sugar;
  • 3 tbsp. Dark Soy Sauce;
  • 2 tbsp. Rice Wine;
  • 1 tbsp. Sesame Oil;
  • 1 tbsp. chopped Garlic;
  • 1 tbsp. finely shredded Ginger;
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground Black Pepper.


  • Mix the marinade ingredients together and let sit for twenty minutes or so to let the flavors combine.
  • Mix the ribs with the marinade and set aside to marinate for at least two hours, or overnight, turning them periodically.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and then ‘grill’ the ribs under the broiler on high for 7 or 8 minutes on each side. Allow to rest for several minutes before serving.

Comments, questions or suggestions most welcome!