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Korean BBQ Garlic Marinated Pork Belly

Our 3rd entry to our Keto Korean BBQ series happens to be one of our favorites!  This Korean BBQ Garlic Marinated Pork Belly is a traditional dish that is available at most Korean BBQ restaurants.

Korean BBQ Garlic Marinated Pork Belly

Like most of the Korean BBQ meats, this one requires overnight marination and is cooked on the BBQ grill, although you can pan fry it as well.

It’s relatively straight forward and like most recipes, everyone has their own version of the dish, including us at LCA!

Our version was inspired by the style found at GEN Korean BBQ, which we found to have more of a garlicky, salty umami profile than at other restaurants.

We also added some extra flavors in the marinade designed to create a bolder finish.

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So next time you are looking for a good BBQ at home, combine this with our Korean BBQ Bologi recipe and you’ll be having a Keto Korean BBQ FEAST in no time!

The meat holds flavors of umami garlic infused with smoke and salt on the finish.  A perfect counterpart to the sweet-savory flavors found in our Korean BBQ Bolgogi!

We also strongly recommend cooking this on the BBQ to get that extra smokey flavor in there, but the recipe does cover both pan frying and BBQ.

Either way, you’ll get a sample of some great tasting Korean BBQ style pork belly at only ~1g net carbs per serving!

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For this dish, the special ingredients you would need are Japanese Cooking Sake (can be replaced with dry sherry), Sesame Oil and Korean Miso (can be replaced Japanese Miso if needed).

All these can be picked up on Amazon (aside from Japanese sake) or a local Asian Supermarket.

Now, let’s get cooking!

Prepping Time 5M

Marinating Time 24H

Cooking Time 5M

Total Time 24H10M

Net Carb/Serv ~1g

Servings 1-2

Ingredients

Pork Belly

  • 1 1/2 lb Slice of Pork Belly (the Costco one is about 10″ in length)
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil (if pan frying)

Marinade

  • 4-6 Garlic Clove (more depending on personal preference)
  • 1/4 Whole Jalapeno
  • 2 tbsp Japanese Sake
  • 2 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 tbsp Korean miso (can be replaced with Japanese Miso)

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

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2) Grate garlic with a grater or a garlic press and place into a mixing bowl.

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3) Finely dice jalapeno and combine into the mixing bowl.

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4) Combine rest ingredients for marinade into the mixing bowl – Japanese sake, Sesame Oil and Korean miso.  Mix well and set aside.

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5) Cut pork belly into ~4 inch lengths and ~1/2 inch thickness and add into a zip-lock, along with the marinade.  Massage in the marinade ensuring equal distribution.  Note – it’s easier to slice meat more precisely if semi-frozen.

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6) Place zip-lock bag flat in the fridge for 24 hours (up to 36 hours) flipping over at least once half way through the marinate.

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7a) If pan frying, add 1 tbsp of Sesame Oil to a large Teflon frying pan and bring up to temperature on high, should take around 1-2 minutes.  Once up to temp, reduce to medium heat, transfer pork belly and cook for about 2-3 minutes per side until nicely browned.  Transfer to a serving plate.  Note – you can wash off the marinade if you want to avoid burning spots, but it’ll result in a slightly lighter taste.

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7b) Preheat grill on high until temp reaches ~350F.  Once the grill is up to temp, lower heat to medium-low and place pork belly on the grill.  Close lid and cook for ~2-3 minute until browned.  Flip pork bellies and repeat.  Once cooked, transfer to a serving plate.  Note – you can wash off the marinade if you want to avoid burning spots, but it’ll result in a slightly lighter taste.

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Hope you enjoy your low-carb/keto Korean BBQ Garlic Marinated Pork Belly!

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Korean BBQ Garlic Marinated Pork Belly

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Korean BBQ Garlic Marinated Pork Belly

The BEST Asian Low-Carb/Keto recipe for Korean BBQ Garlic Marinated Pork Belly. Enjoy this delicious BBQ at only ~1g Net Carb / Serving. Step by step directions with pictures makes this recipe quick and easy.

5 from 5 votes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: keto korean bbq, keto pork belly marinade, Korean bbq miso pork belly, Korean garlic pork belly, low carb korean bbq, low carb pork belly marinade
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Marinating Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 10 minutes
Servings: 1
Print Recipe
Calories: 4011kcal

Ingredients

Pork Belly

  • 1 1/2 lb Pork Belly the Costco one is about 10″ in length
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil if pan frying

Marinade

  • 4-6 Clove Garlic more depending on personal preference
  • 1/4 Whole Jalapeno
  • 2 tbsp Japanese Sake
  • 2 tbsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 tbsp Miso Korean, can be replaced with Japanese Miso

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Korean BBQ Garlic Marinated Pork Belly Korean BBQ (30)
  • Grate garlic with a grater or a garlic press and place into a mixing bowl.
    Korean BBQ Garlic Marinated Pork Belly Korean BBQ (16)
  • Finely dice jalapeno and combine into the mixing bowl.
    Korean BBQ Garlic Marinated Pork Belly Korean BBQ (17)
  • Combine rest ingredients for marinade into the mixing bowl - Japanese sake, Sesame Oil and Korean miso. Mix well and set aside.
    Korean BBQ Garlic Marinated Pork Belly Korean BBQ (19)
  • Cut pork belly into ~4 inch lengths and ~1/2 inch thickness and add into a zip-lock, along with the marinade. Massage in the marinade ensuring equal distribution. Note - it's easier to slice meat more precisely if semi-frozen.
    Korean BBQ Garlic Marinated Pork Belly Korean BBQ (21)
  • Place zip-lock bag flat in the fridge for 24 hours (up to 36 hour) flipping over at least once half way through the marinate.
    Korean BBQ Garlic Marinated Pork Belly Korean BBQ (15)
  • A) If pan frying, add 1 tbsp of Sesame Oil to a large Teflon frying pan and bring up to temperature on high, should take around 1-2 minutes. Once up to temp, reduce to medium heat, transfer pork belly and cook for about 2-3 minutes per side until nicely browned. Transfer to a serving plate. Note - you can wash off the marinade if you want to avoid burning spots, but it'll result in a slightly lighter taste. B) Preheat grill on high until temp reaches ~350F. Once the grill is up to temp, lower heat to medium-low and place pork belly on the grill. Close lid and cook for ~2-3 minute until browned. Flip pork bellies and repeat. Once cooked, transfer to a serving plate. Note - you can wash off the marinade if you want to avoid burning spots, but it'll result in a slightly lighter taste.
    Korean BBQ Garlic Marinated Pork Belly Korean BBQ (28)

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Nutrition

Calories: 4011kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 68g | Fat: 405g | Saturated Fat: 138g | Cholesterol: 490mg | Sodium: 1488mg | Potassium: 1385mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 68IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 5mg

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