Grilled Gochujang BBQ Ribs So Good You’ll Be Craving It Daily

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Laura Lynch

If you’re looking to spice up your grilling game, Grilled Gochujang BBQ Ribs are the way to go. Gochujang, a Korean chili paste, brings a unique blend of heat, sweetness, and umami that transforms traditional BBQ ribs into an irresistible dish with a flavorful kick.

Gochujang ribs

These ribs are perfect for a backyard cookout or a casual family dinner, offering a delightful fusion of Korean and American BBQ flavors.

They’re one of our favorite ways to make ribs is on the smoker, because you can achieve a melt-in-your-mouth tenderness that’s simply irresistible.

Ingredients Needed

  • Baby back ribs – Baby back ribs usually come in a rack that’s about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds. To feed 4 people, you’ll need 2 racks.
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & black pepper – You can adjust the seasoning at the end to make it perfect for you.
  • Spices – Smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper

For the sauce:

  • Gochujang paste – Gochujang paste is a key ingredient in Korean cooking and can be found in Asian grocery stores or online.
  • Soy sauce – Use your favorite brand of soy sauce, I always prefer to use low-sodium to keep the saltiness down.
  • Rice vinegar – This gives a nice tangy flavor.
  • Honey
  • Brown sugar – This is an essential element that will help to thicken the sauce and make it sweet.
  • Sesame oil
  • Garlic and ginger – Use fresh ginger and garlic, peeled and minced.
  • Sesame seeds
  • Green onions
Gochujang bbq ribs

Equipment Needed

Helpful Tips

  • To really infuse the ribs with the complex flavors of gochujang, let them marinate overnight. This allows the meat to absorb the marinade deeply, resulting in tender, flavorful ribs. If you’re short on time, even a few hours of marinating can make a significant difference.
  • Gochujang can be quite spicy, so adjust the amount to suit your heat tolerance. If you prefer a milder flavor, use less gochujang and balance it with additional honey or sugar. For those who love a fiery kick, feel free to add more gochujang or even a dash of Korean red pepper flakes.
  • Ribs benefit from a slow, steady cooking process. Keep your grill at a low temperature and let the ribs cook slowly, basting them with extra marinade to keep them moist and flavorful. This method ensures the ribs stay juicy and tender while developing a beautiful, caramelized crust.
Grilled gochujang bbq ribs

Grilled Gochujang BBQ Ribs

These Gochujang BBQ Ribs are perfect for a backyard cookout or a casual family dinner, offering a delightful fusion of Korean and American BBQ flavors.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Calories: 324kcal
Author: Laura Lynch

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 racks of baby back ribs
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons (36 g) kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon (6 g) black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon (7 g) smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon (8 g) garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon (7 g) onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon (2 g) cayenne pepper optional

For the gochujang BBQ sauce:

  • 1/2 cup (118 ml) gochujang Korean red chili paste
  • 1/4 cup (59 ml) soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup (59 ml) rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (59 ml) honey
  • 1/4 cup (55 g) brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) sesame oil
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon (7 g) ginger grated
  • 1 tablespoon (8 g) sesame seeds
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced

Instructions

  • Remove the membrane from the back of the ribs for better tenderness and flavor absorption.
  • Rub the ribs with olive oil to help the spices adhere.
  • In a small bowl, combine the kosher salt, black pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper. Generously rub this spice mix all over the ribs, ensuring they are well-coated. Let the ribs sit at room temperature while you prepare the grill.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the gochujang, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey, brown sugar, sesame oil, minced garlic, and grated ginger.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture starts to bubble. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes until the sauce thickens slightly. Remove from heat and let it cool.
  • Preheat your grill to medium heat (around 275°F) for indirect grilling.
  • Place the ribs on the grill, bone-side down, away from direct heat. Close the lid and cook for about 2.5 to 3 hours, or until the ribs are tender. Check the ribs occasionally to ensure they aren’t burning and to maintain a steady grill temperature.
  • During the last 30 minutes of grilling, start basting the ribs with the gochujang BBQ sauce every 10 minutes. This will create a delicious glaze on the ribs.
  • Once the ribs are done, remove them from the grill and let them rest for about 10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds and sliced green onions before serving.
  • Slice the ribs and serve with any remaining gochujang BBQ sauce on the side for extra dipping.

Notes

  • To really infuse the ribs with the complex flavors of gochujang, let them marinate overnight. This allows the meat to absorb the marinade deeply, resulting in tender, flavorful ribs. If you’re short on time, even a few hours of marinating can make a significant difference.
  • Gochujang can be quite spicy, so adjust the amount to suit your heat tolerance. If you prefer a milder flavor, use less gochujang and balance it with additional honey or sugar. For those who love a fiery kick, feel free to add more gochujang or even a dash of Korean red pepper flakes.
  • Ribs benefit from a slow, steady cooking process. Keep your grill at a low temperature and let the ribs cook slowly, basting them with extra marinade to keep them moist and flavorful. This method ensures the ribs stay juicy and tender while developing a beautiful, caramelized crust.

Nutrition

Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 2220mg | Potassium: 347mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 619IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 2mg

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