Wood Fired Yakiniku

Wood Fired Yakiniku

Elevate your grilling game with our Wood-Fired Yakiniku recipe, bringing the flavours of Japanese barbecue to your backyard. Marinated beef slices grilled to perfection over an open flame in a wood-fired oven, resulting in tender, smoky, and irresistibly flavourful bites. This recipe caters to all skill levels and is adaptable to various dietary preferences, making it a crowd-pleaser for all. Serve with a selection of dipping sauces, pickled vegetables, and steamed rice for an authentic yakiniku experience.


- 1 pound thinly sliced beef (such as ribeye, sirloin, or skirt steak)
- For the marinade:
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons mirin
- 2 tablespoons sake
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 1 green onion, finely chopped
- Dipping sauces (such as ponzu sauce, sesame sauce, or yakiniku sauce)
- Pickled vegetables (such as cucumber, daikon radish, or carrots)
- Steamed rice, for serving


1. In a bowl, combine the soy sauce, mirin, sake, brown sugar, minced garlic, grated ginger, and chopped green onion to make the marinade.
2. Place the thinly sliced beef in a shallow dish or resealable plastic bag, and pour the marinade over the beef. Ensure the beef is evenly coated in the marinade. Cover the dish or seal the bag, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavours to develop.
3. Preheat your wood-fired oven to a high temperature, around 450-500°F (230-260°C).
4. Remove the marinated beef from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature while the oven is preheating.
5. Once the oven is hot, arrange the marinated beef slices on a grill grate or directly on the oven rack, ensuring they are in a single layer and not overcrowded.
6. Grill the beef slices in the wood-fired oven for 1-2 minutes per side, or until they are cooked to your desired level of doneness and have a charred exterior.
7. Remove the grilled beef from the oven and transfer to a serving platter.
8. Serve the wood-fired yakiniku with a selection of dipping sauces, pickled vegetables, and steamed rice on the side.

Duration to Cook: Approximately 1-2 minutes per side.

Chef Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Vegan: No

Vegetarian: No

Gluten-Free: Yes

Serving Suggestion

Serve the wood-fired yakiniku hot, alongside dipping sauces, pickled vegetables, and steamed rice for an authentic Japanese barbecue experience. Encourage guests to grill their own beef slices to their preferred level of doneness and enjoy the smoky, savory flavours of yakiniku straight from the wood-fired oven.

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