The Kim Family Korean Beef Recipe

"This has been a family favorite for over 40 years, since my parents' friends, the Kims, from Korea, gave it to them. It was, believe it, or not, our usual "camping fare," since it could be prepped at home, marinated at the campsite, and then grilled on a Hibatchi. Warning: The smell of the meat marinating is absolutely intoxicating!"
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  • Slice beef thinly, if using beef. (If using pork or chicken, cubes will work.).
  • Mix all other ingredients together in a large baggie, or sealable container.
  • Marinate meat for 3-48 hours (the longer, the better). If you can't marinate it too long, pierce the meat, to help the marinade permeate the meat better.
  • Skewer the meat, and grill to desired doneness. I've also cooked it in a "grill basket," but it has better flavor when the meat can get kind of crispy on the edges, and the skewers allow for more surface area to become crispy.

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  1. Very good and easy recipe, I will make it again but will try using 1/2 sesame oil and 1/2 veggie oil as the sesame oil can overpower the other flavors
  2. Great recipe! Used a sirloin tip roast, marinated for a little over 2 days, skewered on bamboo then BBQ'd over charcole. Added a few red pepper flakes to the marinade, as we like beef a little spicy. Dipped in sweet & spicy chili sause, served with cole slaw. All were pleased!
  3. I am Korean, and this is a very good recipe!
  4. FANTASTIC recipe!<br/>SO GLAD this one J-U-M-P-E-D out at me!<br/>Can also add julienne carrots, red capsicum too!<br/>LOVE the versatility too!<br/>Wrapped in lettuce bundles, creates a healthy delight!<br/>I REALLY enjoyed this tonight!<br/>THANKS!<br/>JUST UPDATING: MADE AGAIN TODAY, TRUE!<br/>10 stars and WILL be serving this at my next party too!<br/>UPDATE: Made it again today, TRUE!<br/>Seems EACH time I make it gets better and better too!
  5. This is a delicious Korean beef recipe. We marinated 72 hours like other reviewers suggested and followed ingredient list as posted. This was very tender and flavorful. Make sure you slice the beef very thinly as Belinda says, as I had a couple of thicker pieces that were not as flavorful as the thinner ones. Thanks for posting this recipe! Made for Asian Forum's "Let's Get Skewered" Challenge.


  1. So simple, yet so yummy! Delicious and tender. I made it using thinly sliced pork and subbed minced garlic for the garlic salt. I also cooked it on high heat in a wok since we're well past BBQ season. We really enjoyed this and I'm going to give a whirl on the BBQ next summer. Thanks for posting.


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