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Spicy chili paste and savory soy sauce bring bold flavor to Korean-style baby backs

Gochujang-Glazed Baby Back Ribs

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Gochujang-Glazed Baby Back Ribs

Korean dwaeji kalbi are pork ribs seasoned with gochujang (a fermented chili paste), garlic, sugar and a few other high-impact ingredients. The ribs typically are grilled for only enough time to cook the pork through, not for hours on end to render the meat American-barbecue tender. However, for our version, which is a riff on Sohui Kim’s recipe from “Korean Home Cooking,” we use the oven for convenience and we cook the ribs to that ultra-tender state. Look for gochujang in the international aisle of the supermarket or in Asian grocery stores. When shopping for baby back ribs, try to select meaty racks of equal size so they cook at the same rate.

4-6

Servings

Tip

Don’t use regular foil, as it’s too thin and narrow to securely wrap the racks of ribs. Be sure to use extra-wide (18-inch) heavy-duty foil. When wrapping the ribs in foil, be sure to position the racks meaty side down and keep them that way when placing them on the rack before baking. This allows the meat to braise in the pork juices that collect in the foil.

4 hours

45 minutes active

Reviews
Michael S.
August 15, 2022
Sweet and the right heat
Delicious!
Tyler B.
June 27, 2022
Yum
Perfect recipe! Best ribs of my life!
Beth M.

Just made these today. I had cut out a rib recipe from another mag to have this week between the holidays but then saw this one published. Amazing. I would not change a thing. The only thing I noticed that a normally detailed Milk Street didn't state was where the rack should be in the oven when broiling. Due to the lack of comment I at first left it in the middle where it was stated to be for the cooking portion of the ribs. I moved it up one right away though as even for a 2 minute broiling time in the first step I could tell there was not enough broiling happening. The upper middle level was perfect. The ribs were amazingly tender with a wonderfully flavored sauce that had just a little zing. Well done Milk Street. This is a good "Tuesday Night" meal when one works from home during a pandemic. Very little active time so I threw these in the oven at a little after 2 and they were done by a little after 4:30. I then threw some potatoes in to roast while the ribs were resting so the timing on everything was perfect.

Thomas K.

Made these today for staff meal at my restaurant. Phenomenal. Perfect balance of sweet and spicy. Wouldn’t change a thing.

Sean K.

I whipped these up on Sunday morning for lunch and caused quite a ruckus around the nook table as we lapped these up hungrily. Absolutely delicious! The only thing I did differently was cooking them sous vide at 91ºC for 3 hours instead of in foil in the oven. Once I brushed on the reduced juices plus reserved marinade and stuck them under the broiler, people really stood up and took notice! I served them with the Gamja Jorim from Milk Street May-June 2018 as a side and it made for a phenomenal lunch. Our only regret: we wanted more ribs! Next time: double recipe.

Daphne K.

Sous vide, great idea before broiler the ribs!!

Jennifer B.

Great ribs and easy on the eyes. A little bit messy, but ok, it was worth it.


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