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Hawaii Travel & Things To Do In Hawaii

Amy Fujimotohttps://alohawithlove.com
I grew up in Hawaii and love trying out new things to do in Hawaii. When I'm not writing about Hawaii travel, I document my Mom's recipes, hike with Daisy the waddling rescue, work on my 200-gallon aquaponics system, and dream about my future van conversion so I can do some more traveling.
    • Aloha Bored Cook! I love my Mom’s simple recipe – it’s what I grew up and I have wonderful childhood memories eating this version cooked by Mom. Sesame seed oil and chili paste are great options. If you’re looking for a more advanced marinade try a honey or fruit-infused marinade such as lilikoi. Let me know how it goes!
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Mom loves to go all out when it’s our birthday and everyone knows that my brother loves his kalbi. Commonly known as short ribs, here in Hawaii we call it the Korean word, kalbi. Most people in Hawaii get their kalbi fix at any of the Korean BBQ plate lunch restaurants. And while I’ll agree that it’s delicious with its teriyaki-like marinade, I rarely order it because it tends to be one of the pricier lunch options for a plate lunch.

Instead, on special occasions like my brother’s birthday, my Mom will splurge on huge kalbi ribs so that we can eat to our heart’s content. This particular recipe is very easy and you can even marinate the ribs in advance. It’s guaranteed to be a big hit among meat lovers and is perfect for parties and BBQ cook outs.

Aloha with love,

Marinated BBQ Kalbi

Marinated BBQ Kalbi

Easy marinated short ribs recipe that Mom likes to prepare for Michael's birthday.
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 30 minutes


  • lbs kalbi Short ribs.
  • ½ medium round onion
  • ½ c sugar Brown or white sugar.
  • ¾ c shoyu Soy sauce.
  • c vegetable oil


  • Mom began with a whole tray of thick kalbi ribs. Altogether, these weighed 4¼ lbs. There's a lot of wiggle room here because the marinade will still work with more/less kalbi meat.
  • The first step is to butterfly the kalbi meat so that it isn't so thick and easier to eat. Make the first cut along the bone until you almost reach the bottom. Don't cut through the meat.
  • Open the cut you just made and make a short cut into the meat (90°).
  • Turn another 90° and cut through the meat almost to the end.
  • The kalbi should be easy to open up flat and long. Make extra cuts as needed if the kalbi is especially thick.
  • Cut the round onion to large chunks and add it to the blender. Add sugar, shoyu, and vegetable oil, then blend for about 10 seconds.
  • Pour the marinade on the kalbi and mix so that the entire surface area of the meat is covered.
  • Let this marinate at least 2 hours. For best results, marinate overnight.
  • Barbecue until it turns a dark brown on both sides. Let it cool for at least 10 minutes before eating.
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