BBQ beef short ribs with green apple salsa & fries

BBQ beef short ribs with green apple salsa & fries

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 5 hrs, 30 mins Plus overnight marinating

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Serves 4
Spare ribs are great when slow-cooked in a sweet barbecue sauce, with a hint of bourbon and chipotle - serve with contrasting chunky relish

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze leftover ribs only

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal678
  • fat37g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs45g
  • sugars44g
  • fibre3g
  • protein26g
  • salt2.6g
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  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped



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  • 4 tbsp chipotle paste
  • 2 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 5 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 5 tbsp barbecue sauce
  • 100ml malt vinegar
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 100ml bourbon
  • 4 large or 8 smaller beef short ribs order from a butcher
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 4 handfuls frozen skinny fries, cooked following pack instructions, to serve

For the salsa

  • juice 1 lime



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  • 2 Granny Smiths, quartered, cored and diced (and immediately tossed in the lime juice)
  • 2 spring onions, sliced
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  • handful coriander, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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  1. The day before, put the first 10 ingredients in a food processor and whizz to a sauce. Put the ribs in a food bag (or baking dish), pour over the sauce and rub all over. Marinate in the fridge overnight.

  2. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3 and boil the kettle. Tip the ribs and marinade into a big casserole dish with a lid. Crumble over the stock, then pour over enough boiling water from the kettle to come to the top of the ribs. Cover and cook for 4 hrs until tender.

  3. Tip all the liquid left into a big jug or bowl – leave for a while to separate, then skim off and discard any fat that has risen to the top. Lift the ribs into a roasting tin, then tip the cooking liquid back into the casserole and boil down on the hob until saucy again. Tip this back over the ribs and toss to coat. The ribs can now be cooled, then chilled for up to 48 hrs before finishing, or frozen.

  4. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and roast the ribs, uncovered, tossing halfway, for 1 hr until sticky and glazed on the outside, and heated through.

  5. When the ribs are done, cover the dish with foil to keep them warm while you cook the fries. Mix together the salsa ingredients. Serve the ribs with fries and a big spoonful of the salsa.

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15th May, 2016
I can't seem to rate this recipe but would have given it 5*. I halved the quantities to make this for two people - next time I'll do the full amount and have the leftovers in a bun or pitta - it was gorgeous, really tender beef in a flavoursome sauce. The salsa worked so well, I had been a bit dubious as I'm not a big fan of spring onions or Granny Smiths but it was lovely. Worth all the work - which to be fair wasn't that much it was just spread over a period of time.
12th Aug, 2013
All I can say about this recipe is wow! Tender beef in a sauce that is to die for! I still have some sauce left over so I am going to save it to serve later in the week with chicken. I did a little tweaking with the sauce - one whole chipotle pepper with a bit of adobo sauce, reduced the amount of cayenne and used rye whiskey instead of bourbon, since that is what I had at home. I loved the fresh flavours of the apple salsa and it looks like my husband did, too, because he took seconds (and he's not a fruit and veg lover!) I made my own homemade Greek-style oven fries to serve with this, as they baked alongside the meat for the last hour. Honestly, apart from the sauce, we had no leftovers from this meal. I will definitely make this dish again!
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