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How to Prepare a Family-Friendly Korean BBQ Pork Samgyupsal Night

korean bbq pork samgyupsal

Miss having Korean barbecue Samgyupsal nights with your family and friends? Why don't you try having one in the comfort of your own home! This step-by-step guide will help you prepare for just that. Let's get started with the main course!

How to prepare the pork samgyupsal?

Samgyupsal is a traditional Korean dish made of thinly sliced and grilled pork belly meat. The term "samgyupsal" is derived from the Korean words "sae-gui" (pork) and "ssam" (grilled). To avoid overcooking, the meat is typically cooked at high heat for short periods of time. Choose between either of the two recipes provided down below for the star of the night: spicy pork or pork belly barbecue marinade.

spicy pork samgyupsal kbbq

Recipe Spicy Pork Marinade

Ingredients

(*available at Safe Select)

  • 1 kg pork belly*, sliced into strips
  • 4 tbsp Maeil gochujang paste (or Korean red pepper flakes or regular red pepper flakes)
  • 2 tbsp mirin (or cooking wine/rice wine)
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 fresh apple/pear*, puréed in blender
  • ¼ tsp black ground pepper*
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • salt*, to taste
Procedure
  1. Prepare marinade ahead of time.
  2. Mix all marinade ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Add the pork and fully coat the meat.
  4. Mix by hand.
  5. Keep in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or overnight for a stronger flavor.
  6. Cook the meat—grill on charcoal barbecue, on a pan, or broil it in the oven.
pork belly barbecue samgyupsal kbbq
Recipe Pork Belly Barbecue Marinade

Ingredients

(*available at Safe Select)

  • 1 kg pork belly,* sliced into strips
  • 3 onion leeks*
  • 2 tsp of ground pepper
  • 1 tsp of sesame seeds*
  • 1-2 tsp of garlic*, minced
  • 1 tsp ginger*, chopped
  • 1 bottle Korean barbecue sauce
  • ½ onion*, thinly sliced
  • ½ onion*, ground
  • ¼ cup of soy sauce
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 2 tsp of sesame oil
Procedure
  1. Prepare marinade ahead of time.
  2. Mix all marinade ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Add the pork and fully coat the meat.
  4. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of sesame oil and a pinch of toasted sesame seeds
  5. Mix by hand.
  6. Keep in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or overnight for a stronger flavor.
  7. Cook the meat—grill on charcoal barbecue, on a pan, or broil it in the oven.

What vegetables to choose from?

The dish is usually served with lettuce or other vegetables on the side.

vegetables paired with kbbqHere's a list of vegetables (*available at Safe Select) you can choose from to complete your Samgyupsal family night!

  • Fresh Lettuce*
  • Carrots*, julienned
  • Onions*, sliced thinly
  • Cucumber* Salad
  • Korean Pickled Radish (Musaengchae)
  • Small Korean Mushrooms (Enoki Mushrooms)
  • King Oyster Mushroom*
  • Togue* (Soy Bean Sprouts)

What side dishes (banchan) to choose from?

The term "side dish" typically refers to food served with the main course. Samgyupsal is a popular Korean dish, so it's no surprise that there are many side dishes that complement the flavor of this meat.

side dishes paired with kbbq

Here's a list of side dishes (*available at Safe Select) from which to choose from!

  • Kimchi (bought or homemade)
  • Korean Ramen Noodles (instant noodles)
  • Samyang Fire Noodles
  • Jjangmyeon
  • Chapchae
  • Tteokbokki/Rice Cake (instant Toppoki)
  • Buttered Sweet Corn*
  • Korean Spicy Braised Tofu (Dubu-jorim)
  • Sweet and Spicy Dilis* (Michi)
  • Potato Marbles* (Gamja Jorim)
  • Pajeori (Salad)
  • Kkakdugi – Radish Kimchi
  • Kimbap – Rice Rolls

How to prepare the dipping sauce?

The dipping sauce is essential for the grilled pork belly samgyupsal recipe. The sauce can transform the dish into something delicious and flavorful.

There are numerous Korean BBQ sauces on the market, but not all of them are worthwhile. The amount of sugar, salt, soy sauce, and other ingredients used in the sauce determines its quality. Continue reading to find out which sauces are best paired with your grilled pork belly samgyupsal recipe!

red chili sauce kbbq

Recipe Red Chili Sauce

Ingredients

(*available at Safe Select)

  • ½ cup Maeil gochujang (or red chili paste)
  • ¼ cup honey or sugar
  • ¼ cup sesame oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ginger*, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic*, minced
Procedure
  1. Mix the red chili paste, honey, sesame oil, ginger and garlic in a small bowl.
  2. Set aside.

ssamjang sauce kbbq

Recipe
Ssamjang Sauce

Ingredients

(*available at Safe Select)

  • ¼ cup Maeil Ssamjang soybean paste
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds*, toasted
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil, toasted
  • 2 tbsp Maeil Gochujang paste
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 onion leeks*, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove*, minced
Procedure
  1. Mix soy sauce, honey, sesame oil, sesame seeds and red chili paste in a small bowl.
  2. Add onion leeks.
  3. Set aside.

 Here's a list of other dipping sauces that will pair perfectly with the dishes!

  • 1 bottle Korean barbecue sauce (or any barbecue sauce)
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 bottle chili garlic sauce
  • 250g cheese sauce (melted mozzarella cheese or cheddar cheese)

We hope this complete crash course on preparing your own Samgyupsal night will help spice up your dining table! Go ahead and buy yourself some fresh pork belly Samgyupsal meat right now so that you can try out these recipes firsthand! You can also avail of the promotion code MEATLOVERS150 and get 150 PHP off all your favorite pork and meat cuts until the 6th of March 2022!

References:

https://www.mamasguiderecipes.com/2020/08/11/samgyupsal-recipe-filipino-style/