If you are looking for an epic Korean BBQ Sauce Recipe, look no further because this Gochujang BBQ Sauce is the sticky, sweet Korean BBQ Sauce you are looking for.


Disclaimer, when people search for Korean BBQ Sauce, they are often looking for Bulgogi which pairs with beef. In my version, we are using Gochujang to make a Korean BBQ Sauce to pair with my Smoked Baby Back Ribs Recipe.


baby back ribs on traeger

Sticky, sweet and slightly spicy- these Gochujang Baby Back ribs do not dissapoint!


Korean BBQ Sauce Recipe

What makes Korean food so delicious? Their sauces!! Korean Cuisine starts by fermenting their condiments which adds Umami (ie, mouth feel). So, when you see the word JANG at the end of any word, such as Gochujang, that means they have been fermented. In the world of cooking, fermentation is a great way of adding flavor to food and often adds nutritional value as well.


korean bbq sauce recipe


What is Gochujang?

Gochujang is fermented chili pepper paste made with the Gochugaru (Korean Red Chili Peppers) glutinous rice, salt, grounded fermented beans, and sugar/honey, which is what gives the sweetness in gochujang paste.

Gochujang Vs. Gochugaru

Gochujang is made with Gochugaru peppers, but with the addition of other ingredients and then fermented. 

Gochujang Baby Back Ribs

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This sauce is the perfect BBQ sauce for that craving for sticky sweet Asian ribs, paired with smokey American style ribs made on the smoker. Honestly, I can’t think of a more perfect way to do ribs. Once you try this recipe, you’ll never make ribs a different way again.


Korean BBQ Sauce for Dipping

Trust me when I tell you that you should make extras of this sauce as you will want to keep a jar on hand as your go-to Korean BBQ sauce for dipping. I often double the recipe and keep it on hand to jazz up your average frozen pizza night or for leftovers. Also, this sauce is perfect to have on hand for chicken wings and as the base for an Asian style pizza. Trust me when I tell you that this sauce is so addictive you will find ways to use it!

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baby back ribs on traeger

Gochujang Korean BBQ Sauce

  • Author: Robyn
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 pint sized jar of sauce 1x


This Sticky, sweet and mildly spicy Korean Gochujang BBQ Sauce recipe will be your new go-to favorite BBQ Sauce recipe.


  • 23 cloves garlic – crushed
  • 1 inch ginger – grated (a microplane works great for this)
  • 1/3 cup gochujang
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce – optional but it really brings it together
  • 1 Tbsp avocado oil


Over a low simmer, add the avocado oil, garlic and ginger and cook long enough to soften, no more than 2 minutes. Next, add the remaining ingredients and let simmer over low heat for 10 minutes to combine. Remove from heat until ready to use. 

Add sauce to grilled meats such as Smoked Baby Back Ribs. Add the sauce at the end since any sauce with sugar will burn on the grill or in the oven.


Note: This recipe was developed in partnership with my friends at Moink. I only work with companies I use and support. 


  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: BBQ Sauce, Korean BBQ Sauce
  • Method: simmer
  • Cuisine: Korean BBQ Sauce

Keywords: Korean BBQ Sauce Recipe, Gochujang BBQ Sauce Recipe