Korean BBQ Sauce

You guys we need to discuss this sauce.

So versatile. So sticky. So delicious.

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It’s the perfect combination of sweet, savory and spicy. Oh and sticky {did I mention that?} and it’s a cinch to make.

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I originally found this recipe via a Google search one day. I didn’t have the right amount of ingredients {story of my life} so I had to wing it and it turned out amazing! Over time I’ve up’d this and changed that and well… this sauce is the result. Since then I’ve slathered it on grilled chicken, used the whole jar as a sauce for wok-seared chicken and stir-fry veggies over rice. It’s also scrumptious on grilled shrimp, salmon, a shoe… anything. Truly.

Here’s how it all went down.

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Like all good sweet and savory sauces, you’ll need 3/4 cup of dark brown sugar.

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Add in 3/4 cup of low-sodium tamari.

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1/4 cup of water… is it me or does this picture make my hands look O-L-D? I’m wearing sparkly nail polish annnd yet there they are. I blame all the dish washing.

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1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar…

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1-1/2 tablespoons of chili paste. This adds the back-of-the-throat heat so feel free to dial it up or down to your tastes.

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Next add in 1-1/2 teaspoons of sesame oil…

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1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper…

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Give it a good whisking to break and dissolve the brown sugar.

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Then grate up about a heaping teaspoon of fresh ginger…

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Peel 5 cloves of garlic…

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And squeeze the life out of them…

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Literally.

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Give it one final whisk before pouring the sauce into a saucepan. Of course you could whip this this whole recipe up in the actual pan itself and save yourself from washing one more bowl. (Protect those hands!)

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Measure out one tablespoon of cornstarch and add it into a small cup or bowl…

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Measure in one tablespoon of water…

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And stir until smooth.

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Place the Korean BBQ sauce onto your stove top and heat on high.

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Bring the sauce up to a boil and whisk, whisk, whisk.

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Once it’s at a good boil, pour in the cornstarch and water thickener.

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Once the sauce is thick it’s good to go and you can just pour it right on into a bowl, jar or into a hot wok filled with chicken and veggies.

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Truly it’s that easy.

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There are endless options with this sauce. Make this sauce when you’re in the mood for something outstanding or keep it in the fridge and use it later in the week for that night you are in no mood to cook. Either way this sauce is the answer.

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I mean seriously.

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Today I slathered it on chicken in the last few minutes of grilling. The sugar in the sauce caramelizes beautifully, wouldn’t you say?

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So simple. Enjoy!

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Korean BBQ Sauce

The perfect combination of sweet, savory and spicy... this Korean BBQ sauce is perfect on pretty much anything.

Yield: about 2 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2-3 minutes

Total Time: 12-15 minutes

Ingredients:

3/4 cup Dark Brown Sugar

3/4 cup Low-Sodium Tamari

1/4 cup Water

1 tablespoon Rice Wine Vinegar

1-1/2 tablespoons of Chili Paste {like Sambal Oelek}

1-1/2 teaspoons Sesame Oil

1/2 teaspoon coarse ground Black Pepper

1 heaping teaspoon fresh grated Ginger

5 cloves fresh Garlic, squeezed through a garlic press

1 tablespoon Cornstarch

1 tablespoon Water

Directions:

In a saucepan combine the brown sugar, tamari, water, rice wine vinegar, chili paste, sesame oil, black pepper, ginger and garlic. Heat on high and bring to a boil.

Meanwhile, combine the cornstarch and water until smooth.

Once the sauce is at a boil, add in the cornstarch slurry and whisk until thick.

Once thick, let cool slightly before pouring into a clean jar. You could also add immediately to any stir-fry, or let it completely cool and brush on grilled chicken, shrimp skewers or salmon in the last few minutes of cooking.

Store in an airtight container for two to three weeks.

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11 Responses to “Korean BBQ Sauce”

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    Millie l Add A Little — May 29, 2014 at 2:12 am

    Oooohh!! Love the look of this sauce! I would love to use it on thinly sliced beef in lettuce wraps!
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    Abigail — May 29, 2014 at 7:30 am

    I love a nice sticky bbq sauce with cold green onions. the combo is always so so nommy

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    Cassie — May 29, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Is it bad that I want to just eat the sauce with a spoon? LOVE this!

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    Evan @ Getinmymouf — May 29, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Was looking for a marinade to make a Korean BBQ burger, so I think this one might be the winner!

    Hey, what kind of garlic press do you use? I need a replacement and yours looks pretty cool. Thanks!

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    Caroline {TheBarbeeHousewife} — May 29, 2014 at 9:45 am

    I have to make this! It looks fabulous!

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    Bridget Black — May 29, 2014 at 11:18 am

    this looks delicious! printed and making tonight with salmon!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — May 29, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I can almost taste it! Looks amazing! Pinned!

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    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — May 30, 2014 at 1:07 am

    This looks perfect! And I think I have all the ingredients, yay :)

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    Liz@Virtually Homemade — May 30, 2014 at 10:01 am

    This looks awesome! It looks like it’s gluten free too – just been put on a serious gluten free diet by my doc. Nice to have options :)

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    Derrick — June 7, 2014 at 3:28 am

    I love your recipes, and the pictures are perfect. I have to give you a solid tip, for the chili paste, you need to use Korean Chili paste. Gochujang has a flavor like nothing else. It is pretty easy to find. Trust me, once you try it you will be hooked!

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — June 10th, 2014 @ 1:54 pm

      Thanks Derrick! I’ll keep it in mind and try to find it for next time! :)

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