Korean Beef Short Rib Tacos with Kimchi Slaw and Cilantro Yum-Yum Sauce


  • Corn tortillas

Short Rib Marinade:

  • 4-5lbs. short ribs
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 1 head garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1/3 cup water

Kimchi Slaw:

  • 1 small shredded Napa cabbage
  • 2 carrots, finely julienned
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1.5 cups rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Korean chili flakes or powder
  • 1 tbsp Sriracha
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar

Cilantro Yum-Yum Sauce

  • 1 and 1/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 1.5 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 tbsps chopped cilantro


Short Ribs:

  • Mix all ingredients other than ribs in a large bowl. Add ribs, cover, and place in the fridge overnight, occasionally mixing.
  • Pre-heat the recteq to full with your searing grates on; once grill reaches the maximum temperature, wait 5 more minutes before opening.
  • Put the ribs on grill. Keep the lid closed.
  • Flip at about 4 minutes, then cook another 4-5 minutes (cook time will vary depending upon the thickness of the meat); cook until ribs caramelize.
  • Remove the ribs and let rest for 8-10 minutes.
  • Clean your grates with your brush and add corn tortillas to the grates.
  • Cook for 2 minutes, then remove.
  • Cut the short rib meat away from the bone, then slice into thin strips.
  • Spread some cilantro Yum-Yum sauce on the hot tortilla, then the short rib meat, followed by some of kimchi slaw.
  • Finish with some cilantro leaves on top.

Kimchi Slaw

  • In a pan bring to a boil vinegar, chili flakes, Sriracha, sugar, and salt.
  • Add the vegetables and simmer for 3-4 minutes or until they just start to soften.
  • Remove from heat and store in the fridge overnight, or make several nights ahead for best flavor.

Cilantro Yum-Yum Sauce:

  • Mix all ingredients together and let sit overnight in the fridge.