Spicy Pork Bulgogi

Spicy, savory, sweet, gingery pork bulgogi made with Korean gochujang sauce.
Course Main Course, Pork
Cuisine Korean
Keyword bbq, beef marinade, classic, grill
KoreanCategory Gui (구이)
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 524kcal
Author JinJoo Lee


  • 1 lb thinly sliced pork neck butt/leg/shoulder

Pork Bulgogi Marinade

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Korean red pepper bean paste (고추장 gochujang)
  • 2 tbsp cooking rice wine or mirin
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tbsp grated or chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 tbsp chopped green onions
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Korean red chili powder +1 tsp optional (고추가루 gochukaroo)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  • Thinly sliced pieces from the neck, shoulder or hind leg (ham area) are used for pork bulgogi. The cut I bought from my local market is from the neck (collar butt) and it’s called moksal (목살) in Korean.
  • Make the marinade by mixing all of the ingredients above.
  • Mix the pork slices and the sauce together and marinate for at least 15 min. or more the better. You can marinate pork bulgogi in the fridge for up to a day.
  • The best way to cook pork bulgogi is to BBQ it over a grill. But it’s not easy to just directly cook them over the conventional American BBQ grill because the pieces can fall through. Koreans usually use a grill that have smaller openings.
  • If using a standard American style grill, you can put a piece of tin foil and poke holes into it with a fork so some direct heat can come through.


As a garnish, sprinkle some sesame seeds and sliced green onions.
Serve pork bulgogi with some rice, fresh vegetable side dishes or with some ssam and ssamjang and you can have a really deliciously hearty, quick and easy meal.


Calories: 524kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 1305mg | Potassium: 910mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 360IU | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 4.1mg