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A meating of mouths at the 2nd Annual Korean BBQ Cook-Off

Last year's inaugural Korean BBQ Cook-Off drew more than 10,000 meat lovers to its many sweltering grills. This year the meat is off the hook yet again as the Korean American Coalition (along with Councilman Herb J. Wesson Jr. and Councilman Tom LaBonge) gears up for the festival's second go-around Saturday. This time with an all-star cast of judges including L.A. Weekly's Jonathan Gold, L.A.'s reigning king of elite pop-up restaurants Ludo Lefebvre and "Grey's Anatomy" star Sandra Oh.

KoreanBBQ1 The restaurants and vendors on the bill are nothing to laugh at either. Soowon Galbi, O Dae San, Byul Gobchang, Hamji Park and BCD Tofu House are all on the list. Judges will score points and anoint winners in the following categories: L.A. galbi (marinated bone-in beef ribs), galbi (marinated bone-out beef ribs), pork ribs and bulgogi (marinated sliced sirloin). There will also be a soju mix-off and an all-you-can-eat contest.

The event is free, so you'll have plenty of extra change to sample all the smoky goodness and to grab a glass of beer or soju in the beer garden. And take note: If you ride your bike (all the better to burn off the extra calories on the way home), you can take advantage of the free bike valet service offered by Flying Pigeon LA.

The event takes place in the upper parking lot of 3600 Wilshire building, located at (yes) 3600 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Noon to 8 p.m. Saturday. Sampler plates, beer and soju, $5 each (cash only). www.kbbqcookoff.com. Click here for the Facebook page.

-- Jessica Gelt

Photos: Korean American Coalition

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re: poochy. I REALLY hope your IP address isn't a Californian one. It would be sad to know if there is anyone that ignorant in my home state.

I hear it will be 'dog gone' good 'chow'

What, no recipes? That's cold. Here's one for Kalbi:
□ 3 or 4 lbs. Kalbi meat
□ 1/2 apple or Korean pear, minced
□ 1/2 c. soy sauce
□ 1/4 c. cooking wine (or any leftover wine)
□ 1/2 c. sugar
□ 5 or 6 pieces garlic, minced
□ 1/4 c. sesame oil
Mix all ingredients except the meat in a big bowl. Stir until blended. Add the Kalbi meat. Marinate for one day (overnight). Cook on a barbecue grill. It is BOMB! I would also make a pot of rice to go with.

There's no caption for the posted picture...which vendor was it from?!?!?


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