Slow Cooked Korean BBQ Meatballs

Slow Cooked Korean BBQ Meatballs

A few months ago I had my first real Korean BBQ experience at an authentic Korean restaurant with a Korean family, like no one spoke English and I had no idea what I was eating half the time, lol!

My bestie PK is Korean, his family was in town visiting and they invited me to come along for the real Korean BBQ experience.

My mind… or should I say my taste buds… were blown!

The smell and taste of the flavorful meats and sauces were out of this world!

Crock Pot Korean BBQ Meatballs

While I was planning my Superbowl menu for this year, I knew I wanted to add a slow cooked meatball recipe to the list.

Korean BBQ Meatballs Recipe

I didn’t want to just throw together any old BBQ meatball recipe, I wanted to put my own little twist on it, enter Korean BBQ sauce.

I took all of the mouth-watering flavors of Korean BBQ and combined them in these Slow Cooked Korean BBQ Meatballs.

Needless to say, I almost drank the sauce before it ever made it on top of the meatballs, seriously SO GOOD! You’ll definitely be seeing this Korean BBQ sauce appear in more LLB recipes down the road!

Korean BBQ Meatball Ingredients

Ingredients

Korean BBQ Sauce

  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cups soy sauce (Tamari for gluten-free)
  • ½ cup mirin
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp chili paste
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger (grated)
  • 6 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 green onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoon water

Meatballs

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp chili paste
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger (grated)
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 1 green onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 egg yolk (whisked)
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper

In a large saucepan combine the first 11 ingredients of the BBQ sauce and bring to a boil, cook 5-7 minutes.

Korean BBQ Sauce Recipe

In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and water. Add this mixture to the boiling sauce. Whisk to combine well, reduce heat to medium and cook 3-4 minutes. Turn the heat off and set the sauce aside.

Add all of the meatball ingredients to a large bowl.

Korean BBQ Meatballs Recipe

Use your hands to combine all of the ingredients, then form into 1” balls.

Korean BBQ Meatballs Recipe

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the meatballs to the skillet and brown on all sides.

Korean BBQ Meatballs Recipe

Place the meatballs in the slow cooker.

Korean BBQ Meatballs Recipe

Pour the korean bbq sauce over the meatballs.

Slow Cooked Korean BBQ Meatballs Recipe

Cook on low 6-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours.

Slow Cooker Korean BBQ Meatballs

After preparing these the first time, I ate the meatballs by themselves, which is how I will be serving them at my Superbowl party, because they’re seriously the perfect party appetizer!

Slow Cooked Korean BBQ Meatballs Recipe

I also served them over rice for dinner the last 2 nights, and of course, poured that scrumptious sauce all over the rice. I repeat, SO GOOD!

Crock Pot Korean BBQ Meatballs

Whether you serve them as a party app or a simple slow cooked dinner, I promise that you’re going to love these meatballs, oh and did I mention the sauce? 😉

Slow Cooked Korean BBQ Meatballs

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free. (Always make sure to use gluten-free soy sauce, Tamari, as seen pictured above. Make sure the Mirin used is gluten-free, it always should be, but check the label to be 100% sure.)

Slow Cooked Korean BBQ Meatballs

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 3 hours

Yield: app. 24 meatballs

Slow Cooked Korean BBQ Meatballs

Ingredients

    Korean BBQ Sauce
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 1 ½ cups soy sauce (Tamari for gluten-free)
  • ½ cup mirin
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp chili paste
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger (grated)
  • 6 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 green onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • Meatballs
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp chili paste
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger (grated)
  • 2 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 1 green onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 egg yolk (whisked)
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan combine the first 11 ingredients of the BBQ sauce and bring to a boil, cook 5-7 minutes.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and water.
  3. Add this mixture to the boiling sauce.
  4. Whisk to combine well, reduce heat to medium and cook 3-4 minutes.
  5. Turn the heat off and set the sauce aside.
  6. Add all of the meatball ingredients to a large bowl.
  7. Use your hands to combine all of the ingredients, then form into 1” balls.
  8. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  9. Add the meatballs to the skillet and brown on all sides.
  10. Place the meatballs in the slow cooker.
  11. Pour the korean bbq sauce over the meatballs.
  12. Cook on low 6-8 hours or on high 3-4 hours.
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