The Best and Easiest Ways To Use Korean BBQ Sauce

The Best and Easiest Ways To Use Korean BBQ Sauce

The Best and Easiest Ways To Use Korean BBQ Sauce

Barbecue sauce.  We all have our favorite varieties and our preferred way to use it.  From sweet and spicy to smokey and molasses driven to mustard and vinegar based, there's a flavor profile for everyone. But our love affair with "BBQ, barbecue, barbeque sauce" has only become richer with the discovery of Korean barbecue sauces and what they bring to the grilling table.

What is crazy is the Korean BBQ sauce rising popularity goes back to the 17th century and its origins can be traced as far back as the Goguryeo Dynasty in 37 BC. What!? Does this make Korean barbecue sauce the Godfather of grilling sauces. I'm starting to think so.

A Korean barbecue sauce is a balancing act of soy sauce, brown sugar, mirin, sesame oil, rice vinegar, ginger, and garlic. A sweet sauce with deep umami undertones brought about by the soy sauce, sesame oil and in spicy versions the addition of gochujang paste.  Of course we at Wozz! always looking to take our favorite traditional sauces and turn them up a couple of notches, so along with a traditionally fermented gochujang paste we also included fresh pickled raspberries to add a subtle fresh acid and brightness.

What sets a Korean barbecue sauce apart from our favorite American BBQ sauce is the insurmountable versatility this sauce brings. Typically beef, pork or chicken are used and whether applying traditional Korean BBQ styles or sticking to American BBQ cooking methods, the results are equally spectacular.  But Korean barbecue sauce can go further and is commonly used in side dishes of vegetables, rice, noodle or egg dishes and even salads.  These are some of our favorites ways to use Korean barbecue sauce.

1. Korean Beef Bulgogi

The most easily recognized use for Korean barbecue sauce is beef bulgogi.  Beef bulgogi is usually made from thinly sliced marinated beef sirloin or tenderloin that is cooked quickly over either a hot grill pan, outdoor barbecue or pan fried.  

Pictured Below:

Beef Bulgogi with Wozz! Korean Raspberry Gochujang Barbecue Sauce

Beef Bulgogi with Korean Barbecue Sauce

2. Glazed Salmon with Korean BBQ Sauce

Our Korean Raspberry Gochujang BBQ Sauce is a fantastic marinade and glazing sauce for salmon.  Simply pan sear your salmon and then glaze it with the Korean barbecue sauce and pop it under the broiler.  An easy weeknight meal that can be served with steamed veggies or rice.

Pictured Below:  Salmon glazed in Wozz! Korean Raspberry Gochujang BBQ Sauce

Salmon Glazed with Korean Barbecue Sauce

3. Korean Bibimbap

Bibimbap is a Korean fried rice dish with assorted vegetables and meat.  It's usually topped off with a fried egg and it all comes together with a gochujang based bibimbap sauce.  There are a few variations of bibimbap sauce and our Korean Raspberry Gochujang Barbecue Sauce works well in this dish.  We like ours with sauteed spinach, carrots, bean sprouts, pickled veggies and ground beef. 

4. Korean Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Korean barbecue pulled pork sandwiches are a crowd favorite!  A great pick for a summer grill party or game day.  You can slow roast your pork in the oven or in the smoker and once finished, you just shred your pork and toss it with sweet sticky Korean barbecue sauce.  Pile it up on a bun and serve with a kimchi slaw or cucumber pickle.  

Pictured Below:  Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Korean BBQ Sauce

Korean Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwiches

5. Korean Barbecue Salad Dressing or Drizzle Sauce

Thin down your Korean barbecue sauce with a little rice wine vinegar, you can also add a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime and use as a dressing for chopped veggie salads and cold Asian noodle salads. 

6. Korean Barbecue Sauce For Stir-fry, Tofu and Noodles

Stir fry vegetables and your choice of protein in Korean barbecue sauce and serve over rice or noodles.  We make Korean rice bowls with Korean bbq glazed chicken, beef or tofu and add a little fresh flair with edamame beans, fresh herbs or pickled veggies.  

Pictured Below:  Korean Gochujang Barbecue Glazed Tofu Bowls with Edamame, Fresh Herbs

Korean BBQ Gochujang Tofu Bowls

7. Korean Barbecue Dipping Sauce

Our Korean Raspberry Gochujang Barbecue Sauce makes a terrific dipping sauce for summer rolls, spring rolls, dumplings, fried wontons, beef skewers and crispy Korean pancakes. 

8. Korean BBQ Grilled Chicken, Steak and Pork

As you grill your steak, chicken or pork, baste it with Korean barbecue sauce just like you would with regular ole barbecue sauce. We love to marinate steak tips in our Korean Raspberry Gochujang Sauce, they are so flavorful!  Serve your grilled meats with traditional coleslaw or with an Asian style slaw made with fresh mango, cabbage and fresh cilantro or mint.  

Pictured Below:  Grilled Barbecue Chicken with Korean Barbecue Sauce


Grilled Chicken with Korean Barbecue Sauce

9.  Glaze Meatballs in Sticky Korean Barbecue Sauce Glaze

Heat up your Korean BBQ Sauce is a saucepan and glaze your meatballs or add to crockpot meatballs for a delicious party appetizer.  Add the meatballs to a sub sandwich with pickled cucumber, cabbage or kimchi and matchstick carrots, mayo and a bit of fresh herbs.  Yum!   You can also add your sticky glazed Korean meatballs to a rice bowl with a fresh herb salad of cilantro, radish, green onion and salad greens and add a side of kimchi for a delicious weeknight dinner. 

10. Korean BBQ Chicken Skewers

Marinate cut chicken pieces in Korean BBQ Sauce and thread onto skewers and grill until caramelized and slightly charred on the outside but still tender on the middle.  A must-have summer BBQ grilling recipe!

Pictured Below:  Korean BBQ Chicken Skewers with Grilled Radicchio Salad and Raspberry Vinegar

Korean BBQ Marinated Chicken Skewers

There you have it, our best and easiest ways to use Korean Barbecue Sauce.  This sauce is so versatile and full of flavor, it should be a staple in everyone's pantry. 

Wozz! Korean Raspberry Gochujang BBQ Sauce was winner of the NYC Fancy Food Show Sofi Gold For Best BBQ Sauce.

Korean Raspberry Gochujang BBQ Sauce


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