Recipe: BBQ Spicy Pork from Las Vegas restaurant Best Friend

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BBQ Spicy Pork

Celebrity Chef Roy Choi is all hands on deck at Las Vegas foodie hotspot Best Friend, a trendy Korean BBQ joint forming part of the diverse dining scene at Park MGM. Given Best Friend is a regular favourite for locals, we’ve sourced Chef Roy’s recipe for a sizzling BBQ Spicy Pork dish for you to try at home. Recipe serves between 4 and 6 people.


  • 680g thinly sliced pork butt or shoulder (approx. 1/2 inch thick)
  • 680g thinly sliced pork belly (approx. 1/2 inch thick)

Galbi marinade…

  • 2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 1 scallion
  • 1/3 cup whole garlic cloves
  • 1/2 kiwi, peeled
  • 1/2 Asian pear (substitute: Nashi pear)

Puree until smooth in food processor or blender.

Spicy Pork marinade

  • 1 cup Galbi Marinade
  • 1 cup gochujang (available in most Asian supermarkets)
  • 1/4 cup gochu karu (Korean chilli powder – available in most Asian supermarkets)
  • 2 jalapenos
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup whole garlic cloves

Puree until smooth in food processor or blender.


  1. In mixing bowl, coat pork with spicy pork marinade evenly and heavily. Allow at least 12 hours and/or up to 24 hours in marinade.
  2. Remove pork from marinade. Season lightly with Kosher salt. Grill until nicely charred and cooked through. Alternative, pan roast in a heavily oiled saute pan until nicely charred and cooked through. Drain off excess fat from pan before serving.


Image credit: Jenn Smulo

Chris Singh

Chris Singh is the Deputy Editor of the AU review and a freelance travel writer. You can reach him on Instagram by following @chrisdsingh.