Hawaiian Korean Kal Bi Marinade

“Original recipe given to me by Hawaiians. Best for grilling pork or beef ribs and even chicken, just stick to 4-5 pounds. Can be halved for smaller amounts of meat or doubled for feeding a crowd. Better than the old red barbecue sauce!”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 -5 lbs pork ribs
  • 23 cup soy sauce (I use Aloha or Kikkoman regular or low salt)
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons honey (the secret ingredient!)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar (white or brown)
  • 4 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 -3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 -2 green onion, finely sliced


  1. Blend all ingredients in a large bowl until sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Dump over meat placed in a long dish covered tightly with plastic wrap or place into ziplock bag(s).
  3. Marinate overnight (or for two days).
  4. Turn meat 3-4 times each day.
  5. Remove from marinade when ready to cook.
  6. Discard marinade.
  7. Grill over low to medium coals or bake in the oven at 325F until cooked through.
  8. Cooking times will vary based on grill/oven heat and type of meat.

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