I’ve been meaning to post my recipe for braised spicy pork ribs (maeun dweji galbijjim, 매운 돼지갈비찜) for a while. It’s finally ready! I find myself making Korean braised dishes mostly in the slow cooker these days. What can I say – it’s so much easier! You throw the ingredients in the slow cooker and forget about it until the meat is fork tender and ready to be served.
Maeun galbijjim (spicy braised ribs) is a popular braised dish in Korea. You can use beef short ribs, but it’s more commonly made with pork ribs. I personally think the red spicy seasoning works better with pork ribs. And pork is much cheaper. I like to use baby back ribs from Costco. They are tender and very meaty.
This recipe is spicy, but you can certainly make it spicier by adding more gochugaru, some dried whole red chili peppers, or fresh chili peppers. On the other hand, if you want to make a mild version of the braised pork ribs, you can use my slow cooker galbijjim recipe for beef short ribs and adjust the time for pork ribs as necessary. I’d also suggest adding more ginger because pork tastes great with lots of ginger.
You can sear the ribs to add that rich browned meat flavor and remove some fat, but I skipped that process in this recipe. For those of you who are wondering how to make this dish on a stove top, I will post the stove top method soon. You may also like my BBQ pork ribs.