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Samgyeopsal (Pork Belly) Wine Marinade

Very simple marinade for Korean Samgyeopsal (pork belly) with wine and herbs. It's bit of a fusion recipe but is a popular version in modern Korean cuisine.
Course Main Course, Pork
Cuisine Korean
Keyword bbq, grilling, summer, table top cooking
KoreanCategory Gui (구이)
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 990kcal
Author JinJoo Lee



  • 1.5 lb pork belly (samgyeopsal)


  • 1.5 cup wine red or white
  • 1 tsp whole peppercorns colored peppercorns are even better
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 5 bay leaf
  • 5 rosemary sprigs


  • If samgyeopsal are thick cuts, OPTIONALLY, you can score one side of the pork belly slice - across the layers.
  • In a bowl, add the samgyeopsal, wine, bay leaves, peppercorns and rosemary sprigs.
  • For a nicer presentation, roll each pork belly slice with a bay leaf in the center. Then add marinade.
  • Marinate for 2-3 hrs before cooking. You can leave it overnight in the fridge. For red wine marinade, do not marinade longer than 24 hrs.
  • Grill samgyeopsal on frying pan, table top grill pan or outdoor grill. Serve with ssamjang, ssam vegetables, kimchi and more! See my Serving Suggestions for more ideas.


  • For a nicer presentation, roll each pork belly slice with a bay leaf in the center. Then add the marinade.
  • Use red wine for more complex flavor. Use white wine if you want a simpler tasting pork belly.
  • Freeze leftover pork belly pieces (take out from marinade) and use for later.
  • You can  also marinade whole thick chunks of pork belly (2 x 2 inch thick cut), grill the outside first then cut it into slices before grilling each piece.


Calories: 990kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 94g | Saturated Fat: 33g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 418mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1.4mg