Roy Choi’s Carne Asada

If you’ve ever eaten in LA, you know about Roy Choi’s Korean-Mexican fusion truck, Kogi BBQ. His bold flavors are uniquely LA, but you can capture them anywhere around the globe by following this recipe for his mind-blowing carne asada.

Roy Choi’s Carne Asada


1 jalapeño
1 medium tomato, cored and cut into quarters
1 small yellow onion, or 1/4 large one, peeled and cut into quarters
5 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
1/4 cup ancho chili powder
1 tablespoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup kosher salt
1/2 large bunch cilantro, leaves and stems, well rinsed
1/3 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice (about 1 orange)
3 tablespoons fresd-squeezed lime juice (1 or 2 limes)
1/4 cup mirin
1 12-ounce can (1 1/2 cups) Budweiser or other lager beer
2 pounds skirt steak, cut into 10-inch sections
2 tablespoons olive oil


Preheat the broiler. Place the jalapeños on a cookie sheet or in a skillet with an ovenproof handle, and put them under the broiler until their skins begin to blacken and bubble. (You can also do this by putting the peppers directly over a burner on your stove or on a gas grill.) Pull the stems and seeds from the jalapeños and discard them; skin the peppers and put them into a food processor.

Add the tomato, onion, garlic, sugar, ancho chili powder, black pepper and salt to the bowl of the machine, and pulse to combine. Add the cilantro, the fruit juices, mirin and beer. Process again until smooth.

Transfer the marinade to a large, nonreactive bowl and submerge the steak in it. Cover and place in refrigerator for at least four hours or overnight.

Build a fire in your grill. If using a gas grill, turn all burners to high

When all coals are covered with gray ash and the fire is hot (you can hold your hand 6 inches over the grill for only a few seconds), remove steaks from marinade, drizzle with olive oil and placeon the grill directly over the coals and cook until deeply seared, turning a few times, approximately 10 minutes for medium-rare. Remove steaks from the grill and allow to rest a few minutes. Slice against the grain into thin strips and serve with warm corn tortillas, pico de gallo, grilled scallions, whatever you like.

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