Korean BBQ Sauce, an easy homemade sauce, dipping sauce, or marinade for a wide range of things like beef, chicken, pork, or vegetables. You can also use this sweet and spicy sauce for wings, tacos, ribs, sandwiches, and more!
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This homemade Korean BBQ Sauce does take a little bit of time, but so much better than the store-bought versions that are loaded with corn syrups, preservatives, and who knows what else?! This homemade sauce can be used on a wide variety of things and lasts a long time in the fridge, so give it a try!
If you don’t do a lot of Asian cooking, you may not have all of these ingredients in your home. However, they should all be easy to find at a local major grocery store. This sauce is great on my Korean BBQ Pulled Pork and Korean BBQ Beef!
This is similar to my Homemade Teriyaki Sauce Recipe, but quite a bit different at the same time.
There are many different types and brands of some of these ingredients, so the taste will vary a bit in this sauce. I do have some links below for some of the ingredients.
Korean BBQ Sauce Ingredients
- Soy Sauce (low sodium)
- Fresh Asian pear
- Dark brown sugar (or light)
- Garlic Chili Sauce
- Rice Vinegar
- Ginger paste (or fresh)
- Sesame oil
- Black pepper
- Green onion
Once you have all your ingredients together, the BBQ sauce doesn’t take that long to make.
How to Make Korean BBQ Sauce
Place all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
Pour sauce into a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, then reduce to simmer. Simmer about 5 minutes.
Quick Tips for Best Results
- Use a blender to get the sauce smooth rather than an immersion blender or by hand.
- If the sauce is not as thick as you’d like (personal preference…), mix a little cornstarch into water and whisk into the sauce over high heat.
- Although you can use the sauce right away, I like to put in the fridge overnight.
- Use a low sodium soy sauce or try a low sodium Korean soy sauce. Since there’s so much soy sauce in this BBQ sauce, the results can be quite salty if you don’t. You can always add more salt after if you’d like.
- Add more or less sugar depending on how sweet you like your BBQ sauces.
- This sauce is a bit sweet and spicy, but if you’d like it spicier you can add red pepper flakes or sriracha
Would love to hear what you used this BBQ sauce on or in. Let me know in the comments below.
Uses for Korean BBQ Sauce
- Stir-fry – mix with some rice and meat and/or vegetables.
- On meat (chicken, beef, or pork) – use like a BBQ sauce on your favorite meat or even vegetarian options.
- Chicken wings – would be delicious on chicken wings!
- Tacos – drizzle a little on your favorite tacos or mix with taco meat.
- Ribs – easy alternative to regular BBQ sauce on pork ribs. The best!
- Sandwiches – can also use as a spread on sandwiches.
- Asian salads – mix into Asian slaws or vegetable salads.
- Burgers – in or on burgers is a great option too.
- Marinade – this BBQ sauce would be a great marinade for chicken, pork, or even beef like for bulgogi (Korean BBQ beef)
- Dipping sauce – dip lettuce wraps (like these Korean Lettuce Wraps), egg rolls, or other food into the BBQ sauce.
Korean BBQ Sauce FAQ
Can I use honey or granulated sugar for the brown sugar?
You can use your favorite sweetener or sweetener substitute, but it can change the taste and consistency of the sauce. You may need to adjust and add more/less sweetener.
What can I use instead of the Asian pear?
If you can’t find Asian pears in your grocery store or at certain times of the year, you can substitute an apple (maybe Fuji) or pear (like a bosc pear or anjou). A firm sweet substitute would probably work best.
How do you store this Korean BBQ Sauce?
I would store this sauce covered and in the refrigerator.
How long with this sauce last?
Depending on the freshness of your ingredients, I would guess this sauce would last at least a few weeks in the refrigerator if not longer.
Other Asian Inspired Recipes You May Enjoy
- Homemade Teriyaki Marinade – quick and easy marinade for a wide variety of dishes.
- General Tso’s Slow Cooked Pork Tacos – perfect for the slow cooker, these Asian fusion tacos are quite
- Asian Peanut Spaghetti Squash Stir-Fry – a lower carb stir-fry with spaghetti squash.
- Chicken Satay Rice Bowls – full of great flavors and bright colors, this looks yummy!
- Sesame Ginger Vegetable Stir-Fry – looks so healthy and delicious.
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Hope you enjoy this homemade easy Korean BBQ Sauce recipe! It would be great with some shredded chicken!
Korean BBQ Sauce
- 1 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1 cup Asian pear peeled, cored, & chopped (about 1)
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar (or could use light)
- 1 Tablespoon garlic chili sauce
- 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon garlic minced
- 2 teaspoons ginger paste (or fresh minced peeled ginger)
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 green onion chopped
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
- Pour sauce into a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, then reduce to simmer. Simmer about 5 minutes.