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Smoked beef short rib and pickled red chillies
Smoked beef short rib and pickled red chillies
Over 2 hours

A simple cut of meat and very forgiving. Beef ribs are a little more expensive to buy, but they are one of the most impressive cuts. Pickled red chillies are a perfect accompaniment, as their heat balances the palate.

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For the rib

  • 1 rack of Jacob's ladder or beef short rib (4 bones)

For the meat rub

  • 2 parts Maldon sea salt
  • 1 part fresh cracked black pepper

For the barbecue sauce

  • 2 large onions
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 500ml vinegar
  • 750ml apple juice
  • 2 litres ketchup
  • 50ml Worcester sauce
  • 100g dark brown sugar
  • 10g ground cumin
  • 10g red chilli flakes
  • Salt & pepper, to taste

For the chillies

  • Four red chillies, chopped
  • 80g sugar
  • 100ml water
  • 250ml apple-cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp white peppercorns
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
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  1. Season the rib generously. Smoke at 120C for 6 hours or until the meat reaches 85-90C.
  2. For the sauce, finely chop the onions and caramelise in a large pan; add the garlic, and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the vinegar and reduce to a thick syrup. Add the apple juice, reduce by half. Add the ketchup, Worcester and sugar.
  3. Toast the spices in another pan, then add these to the main pan. Simmer for 2 hours until the syrup is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. You can put this back in the smoker for a further 2 hours for extra oompf.
  4. Glaze the rib with the barbecue sauce 20 minutes before the desired serving time. It's ready to go when the meat reaches 85-90C and is a rich, dark colour.
  5. Meanwhile, make the pickled chillies. Start by slicing the chillies into a pot. In a separate pot, place the sugar, water, apple-cider vinegar and a pinch of salt. Toast all the spices in a small pan over a medium flame then add to the mixture, allowing to it to boil. Finally, throw everything in together and allow to sit for half an hour. Decant into a jar.
  6. Once the ribs are cooked, allow them to rest on a cooling rack for 20 minutes. Slice the bones individually, sprinkle with salt and serve with a heaped spoonful of pickled red chillies on the side.

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