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 Korean BBQ Sauce – Bring the heat, and the flavor, with this delicious Korean BBQ Sauce

Bring the heat, and the flavor, with this delicious Korean BBQ Sauce from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com
Well, today we are getting a bit of respite from the hot weather we have been having for what feels like forever, and I am taking advantage of it by making a pot of beef and bean soup. I love soup so much but no one wants a big ol’ bowl of soup when it is like the surface of the sun outside!
Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining about summer being here.
Wellllll, maybe I am just a tad.
Sshhhh don’t tell anybody!
It is just that my lily white, rainy day accustomed bod has a hard time with day in, day out hot days. 
I can dig a few days of it, but then the weather and my hot flashes start battling it out and I, obviously, end up on the toasty end of that stick.
Ahhh isn’t being 50 so much fun?
One of the things I DO love about hot summer weather is that we grill just about every day. Meat, veggies, fruit, you name it, it hits our grill. 
Of course, if you are grilling over and over again, you want new and exciting flavors right? Nobody wants to eat the same BBQ chicken 55 kabillion times in a row. 
That is why I try so hard every year to come up with new BBQ sauces to up our grilling game.
Over the years I have come up with Pumpkin BBQ Sauce (Mini Me’s fave), Blackberry BBQ Sauce, Roasted Strawberry BBQ Sauce, and Alabama White BBQ Sauce, just to name a few.
But I have been wanting to zip things up. Kevin loves spicy food, and so do I, so a Korean style BBQ sauce has been on my radar for quite some time. I bought some gochujang (Korean chili paste) back in the middle of winter, and couldn’t wait to bust it out. 

I made this sauce a few times to try to dial in just how spicy I wanted it to be.

The results?

Well, in my opinion, 1/2 cup of the gochujang was good but we, of course, wanted to bring a bit more heat, so I bumped it up to 3/4 cup. That worked quite nicely. My lips tingled and after a few bites, I needed a sip of something cool to bring me back to normal. But then I wanted to dig right back in.

Sound weird?

Back when my kids were young, my ex and I used to host the wrestling pay per views.

Yes, I watched professional wrestling #dontjudge

Anywho, one of the things we always did was have a hot wing competition. One of the guys my ex worked with was Filipino, and another was Mexican. They both bragged that they could make, and eat, the hottest hot wings out there.

So it was game on. Pots of sauce bubbled on the stove, and countless amounts of chicken wings were tossed in them.

The way we decided who the winner was?

The tasters would eat the wings and we counted how many wings they could eat before they had to take a drink. I think the record was 2 wings!

Can you say OhhEmmmGeeee HOT?

Ya, I am not into pain, but I do like heat.

So, my suggestion to you is, if you are a heat lover like us, go for the 3/4 cup of chili paste.

Not so bold? Give the 1/2 cup a try, you can always add more if you want.

Either way, this BBQ sauce is a must make if you are looking for a little summthin summthin to change up your BBQ game.

It has become one of the sauces that I always have a jar of in my fridge.

Kevin has even been known to dip leftover steak, veggies, or even chips into it.

Like I said, it is soooo good.

Plus Kevin is just a tad bit weird.


Yield: Approx 1 pint

Korean BBQ Sauce

Bring the heat, and the flavor, with this delicious Korean BBQ Sauce
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 20 MINStotal time: 30 mins


  • 1 bunch of green onion, whites and greens rough chopped
  • 8 large cloves of garlic
  • 1 3-inch piece of ginger, peeled and rough chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup gochujang (Korean chili paste)* See Cook’s notes
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1/4 cup plum sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup Tamari sauce
  • 1/4 water*


  1. Place the chopped green onions, garlic, and ginger in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
  2. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add green onion mix and cook, stirring often, until softened, and a bit caramelized, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Add the gochujang, ketchup, lime juice, plum sauce, sugar, fish sauce, Tamari, and water and stir until well combined.
  4. Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook, stirring often to prevent scorching, until thick, 20 to 25 minutes.
  5. Remove sauce from heat; season with salt if needed.
Cook’s Notes
  1. We like it super spicy so I add an extra 1/4 cup of gochujang.
  2. Add extra water if sauce gets too thick.
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  1. I also think one of the best things about summer is grilling. Not only can you have such amazing food, but the cleanup is always easier and keeps the house from getting too hot. Your Korean BBQ sauce recipe sounds like a must try, although I would probably keep the spice level a bit lower than you did!

  2. I've had a few pre-made Korean meals with spicy gochujang sauces and I'm addicted! As soon as I find it at the store I am definitely making this recipe – pinned!

  3. Barbecuing has always been one of my favourite ways to cook! Since I can remember my dad has always cooked some amazing meals on the barbecue. I think your sauce recipe would go great on some delicious meats!

  4. Barbecues are huge her in South Africa, they call it "braai", and I can see this sauce being an excellent addition! Mine very spicy please!

  5. Yes, if you aren't a heat seeker I would go with the 1/2 cup 🙂

  6. Even though I am in Washington, and can find just about any Asian product I want, I had to get mine from Amazon. There is a link in the post above if you need to purchase it that way. I hope you get to make this soon 🙂 if you love gochujang you will love this BBQ sauce!

  7. I love too BBQ. We, of course, BBQ a ton in the summer, but are so addicted to it that we will BBQ in the pouring rain too 🙂 We have been loving this sauce on ribs and chicken all summer long! I have been meaning to grab some beef ribs too.

  8. Ahhh a fellow heat seeker 🙂 I hope you get to enjoy this BBQ sauce at your next braai 🙂

  9. This is making me so hungry! The sauce looks divine! I've always been a fan of Korean food and now I really want to try this recipe at home.

  10. I love creating sauces from scratch. Thanks for this recipe!

  11. Wow! I need to get my hands on this sauce. It looks incredible. I love homemade sauces.

  12. Omg this sounds SO good! My boyfriend and I have decided to try to make more of our sauces at home instead of buying them and I'm totally making this ASAP!

  13. Bring on the spice!!! This sounds so fantastic! My hubby and I would enjoy it very much and the kids will pass. But, more for us!
    xo Debbie | http://www.tothineownstylebetrue.com

  14. I do too. Homemade is soooo much better than store bought!

  15. Yay!! I am so excited for you to try it 🙂 We just used it on some chicken last night.

  16. Thanks! I am so glad you like it. we always have a jar of my regular BBQ sauce on hand so the non-spice lovers can enjoy the BBQ too.

  17. this sauce is on my "to do" list…lovely pic

  18. I was exactly looking for the same kind of recipie. Personally, I liked it a lot. I want to say from my deep of heart that your blog is awesome keep doing this sort of work.

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