Sunny's Sweet and Spicy Korean BBQ

Total Time:
5 hr 10 min
5 min
5 hr
5 min

4 to 6 servings

  • Beef and Marinade:
  • 1 pound beef tenderloin, trimmed and frozen for 4 hours
  • 2 cups soy sauce
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon red chile flakes
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 red-skinned apple, cored and quartered
  • 1 -inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 Vidalia onion, cut in chunks
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bunch scallions
  • Lettuce Wraps:
  • 8 to 12 leaves Bibb lettuce
  • Grated carrots, for serving
  • Bean sprouts, for serving
  • Sliced radishes, for serving
  • Kimchi or sliced spicy pickles, for serving
  • Sriracha hot sauce, for serving
  • Sesame Soy Dipping Sauce, recipe follows
  • Sesame Soy Dipping Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
Lettuce Wraps:
  • For the beef and marinade: Slice the partially frozen tenderloin as thin as possible using an extremely sharp knife; aim for 1/4-inch thickness.

  • In a food processor, combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, vegetable oil, red chile flakes, garlic, apples, ginger, onions and few grinds of black pepper. Cut 4 of the scallions into quarters and add to the food processor. Blend until smooth. Pour into a large resealable plastic bag. Add the sliced beef, and then squeeze out as much air as possible. Let marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.

  • Preheat a grill, grill pan or electric tabletop grill to medium-high heat. Remove the beef slices from the bag, shaking off any excess marinade. Cut the remaining scallions into 4-inch pieces.

  • When you are ready to eat, place the scallions on the grill, add the beef slices and cook the beef for 1 minute per side and the scallions until slightly charred. Remove to a platter.

  • For the lettuce wraps: Fill a lettuce leaf with some of the meat, carrots, sprouts, radishes, kimchi and grilled scallions. Serve with the hot sauce and Sesame Soy Dipping Sauce.

Sesame Soy Dipping Sauce:
  • Whisk together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil and sesame seeds in a small bowl.

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