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 524 kcal
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


  1. 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.
  2. Make the marinade by mixing all of the ingredients above.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Recipe Notes

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.

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Pork Bulgogi
Amount Per Serving
Calories 524 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 136mg 45%
Sodium 1305mg 54%
Potassium 910mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 24g
Protein 46g 92%
Vitamin A 7.2%
Vitamin C 5.5%
Calcium 8.3%
Iron 22.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.