Korean-style Barbecue Pork Ribs (Kalbi)

Main Dishes

There’s no argument that marinating with garlic, ginger and the sweetness of Ontario pears and honey is a wonderful change from dry rubs. Slow-roast the ribs until reaching the tenderness you prefer, then grill to finish. Serve drizzled with more honey, if desired and sesame seeds.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes


4 lb (2 kg)            Ontario Pork Back or Pork

                           side Ribs(or 2 whole racks)

3 or 4                   cloves Ontario Garlic,

                            coarsely chopped

2                          firm Ontario Pears, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped

1                          small Ontario Onion, coarsely chopped

½ cup (125 ml)     each Ontario Liquid Honey, soy sauce and water

¼ cup (50 ml)       mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)

2 tbsp (25 ml)       finely chopped fresh gingerroot

2 tbsp (25 ml)       sesame oil

1                          Ontario Green Onion, thinly sliced

2 tsp (10ml)          toasted sesame seeds


Remove membrane from inside rib bones and pat ribs dry; cut each rack into 2 halves. Place in shallow dish.

In a food processor fitted with a steel blade, place garlic, pears, onion, honey, soy sauce , water, mirin, ginger and sesame oil (in two batches if necessary). Process until completely smooth. Pour over ribs, turning to coat. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or preferably overnight, turning occasionally.

Remove ribs from marinade; reserve ½ cup (125 ml) marinade in refrigerator for basting. Arrange ribs, meat side up on baking sheet; cover tightly with foil. Bake in 325F (160C) oven for 1-1/2 hours or until fork-tender.

Bring reserved marinade to a boil; boil 1 minute while stirring. Place ribs on grill over medium heat; baste with reserved marinade. Grill for 5 to 9 minutes per side or until caramelized and slightly charred. Sprinkle with green onion and sesame seeds.

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Additional information: 

Make ahead tip:

Ribs can be marinated and oven-roasted up to 2 days before grilling and serving. Remove cooked ribs from refrigerator and bring to room temperature (about 30 mintues) before grilling.

Nutritional Information:

1 serving:

Protein:            34 grams

Calories:           564

Fibre:               0 grams

Sodium:           589 mg