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. Your grilled meats never had it so good!

Trust me when I tell you that this Gochujang Korean BBQ Sauce recipe is a game changer on all your grilled meats! You will never want regular BBQ sauce again because it cannot compare with this umami packed Korean BBQ sauce recipe. It’s not overly spicy, just full of flavor from Gochujang Korean Pepper paste that is combined with garlic, ginger, brown sugar, mirin, brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil and few other ingredients that make something magical when they are combined! 

 

baby back ribs on traeger

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

 

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.

Fermentation is why ingredients like Gochujang, Fish Sauce and Soy Sauce transform dishes from average to extraordinary with the simple addition of Umami.

 

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. 

Where to Find Gochujang Paste?

Many grocery stores will carry Gochujang paste in their Asian food section. You can also venture out to your local Asian grocer to find MANY versions of Gochu. I often find Gochu at Trader Joes or Whole Foods. But if you can’t find it locally, you can always buy it at Amazon. Here is one of my favorites.

korean bbq sauce recipe

Gochujang Baby Back Ribs

This recipe was originally created to go with my Gochujang Baby Back Ribs Recipe (video above). If you are looking for a full proof Baby Back Ribs recipe then this recipe will set up up for success.

When smoking pork ribs, you have two choices: pork baby back ribs and St Louis Style Pork Spare Ribs. For Pork Spare ribs I recommend the 3-2-1 method, which means 3 hours in smoke, 2 hours in foil and 1 hour back on the grill. For smaller Baby Back Ribs, you will do the same process which is the 2-2-1 method: 2 hours in smoke, 2 hours in foil so the meat can braise in liquid, and back on the grill for the last hour. 

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.

Ingredients for Gochujang Korean BBQ Sauce

  • 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

How to Make this Gochujang Korean BBQ Sauce

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.

Store remaining sauce in the fridge to slather on all the things. Will keep in the refrigerator for up to a month.

 

Gochujang Korean BBQ Sauce Recipe

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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Gochujang Korean BBQ Sauce


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

Description

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


Ingredients

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  • 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

Instructions

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.

Notes

 

 

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