Everyone loves Korean BBQ! If you are not living in Korea, like me, it might be hard to find an authentic Korean BBQ restaurant. So, why not do it yourself at home?
In this post I will explain an easy way to make Korean BBQ at home using a simple gas burner and without making a fire inside your apartment.
This is the shopping list for your Korean BBQ at home; Korean BBQ grill, gas burner, gas cans, tongs and scissors. And of course, the food.
1. Korean BBQ Grill
The most essential part that you need is a Korean BBQ grill. There are several options:
Korean BBQ Grill Pan
It’s very important that it includes a fat or grease draining hole. Specially when cooking pork belly (samgyupsal- 삼겹살), which is the most popular meet, as it has a high percentage of fat. Use a cup to collect the grease drips, as you can see in the image. This product is made in Korea.
Modern Korean BBQ Grill
This a more modern grill pan as it includes additional space for cooking egg with cheese, garlic, cheese, kimchi, etc. This product is made in Korea.
Traditional Korean BBQ Grill
This grill has a traditional Korean design. The grill two holes to make the grease drain in to the silver metal ring that the Grill top sits on. The circle in the middle is used to cook the garlic. This product is made in Korea.
2. Gas burner
If you want to cook on the table while having a glass of soju, you need to have a gas burner. Otherwise, if you have a gas kitchen you can simply put the Korean BBQ grill on top of it.
If you want to go with the gas burner, any type should do the job. I leave a link below to the one on Amazon with the best reviews and very affordable price:
You will also need to have bottles of gas for it to work, these are also easy to find on Amazon and the price is quite cheap. I leave below a link to the most popular ones on Amazon:
3. Tongs and Scissors
As you might know, Koreans generally cook first the meet in big pieces first. Then using the tongs and scissors, they cut it in bite size pieces and finish cooking it.
The most common are stainless-steel tongs as it makes it easier to use and pick the meat. You can also use wooden tongs, which to be honest I have never seen anyone using in Korea but it might be an option if you are worried to damage the BBQ grill. You probably already have these, but in case you need ones I leave a link to the most popular ones on Amazon:
4. Ingredients for a Korean BBQ
We are talking about Korean BBQ, so we are talking about meat here. These are the most common meat types:
- Pork belly (samgyupsal- 삼겹살) is the most popular type of meat. In Korea, they cut the meat thicker than in Europe, I’m not sure if this is the case in other places. You might ask the butcher to get thicker pieces of meat.
- Pork shoulder (moksal – 목살) is also very popular among Koreans.
- Marinated beef ribs (galbi – 갈비)
Korean BBQ sauce (ssamjang)
Korean chili paste (gochujang). Then, is seasoned with other ingredients such as; garlic, onion, and sesame oil.
It’s quite easy to make ssamjang at home if you have the ingredients, you can watch the video from Maangchi.
The lettuce wrap (ssam – 쌈)
- Lettuce: Try to a lettuce with leaves that are similar to the size of the palm. The size should allow you to do the wrap but should not be too big. I wouldn’t recommend using an iceberg lettuce but a variety similar to the ones in the images.
- Perilla leaves: Perilla leaves have a minty flavor, I love these. It might be available in Asian stores but is not easy to find.
I hope you find this post useful and you enjoy a Korean BBQ at home! Thank you for reading it!