Grill these delicious beef ribs slowly on your barbecue or even roast them in the oven. This will ensure the meat is soft and melt-in-the-mouth, yet crisp and caramelised on the outside. With Gerry Harvey coming for lunch in episode one of the Cooks Co-op web series, Executive Chef Martin Boetz uses his 6-score wagyu beef ribs, but any kind of short rib beef is fabulous!
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2L beef stock
6 cloves garlic, peeled, plus 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped, to serve
2 small brown onions
2 sticks celery
4 ripe tomatoes
60ml olive oil
1 stalk rosemary
½ bunch thyme
1 cup white wine
Salt and cracked black pepper, to season
1 piece beef short ribs (2kg)
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped, to serve
Zest of ½ orange
Preheat oven to 180C. Bring beef stock to the boil in a large saucepan.
Chop peeled garlic, onions, carrots, celery and tomatoes into uniform-size pieces. Heat oil in a large, heavy-based pot over
a medium to high heat. Add vegetables to pot. Caramelise the vegetables, stirring continually.
Stir in rosemary and thyme then deglaze pot with white wine. Add hot stock and bring to the boil. Season with salt and pepper.
Place ribs in a deep roasting pan and pour over stock and vegetable mixture. Cover with a large sheet of baking paper and foil. Braise for 2 hours or until meat on ribs is tender. Remove ribs from liquid and set aside to cool.
Mouli the liquid and vegetable mixture over a large saucepan (see tip below). Place over a medium heat and bring to the boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 45 minutes or until reduced to a rich sauce. Add tomato paste to give it a good tomato kick and richness.
Cut the ribs into pieces. Grill them on a barbecue or hot oiled chargrill plate until well caramelised. Place ribs on a serving plate and pour over rich sauce. Finish with chopped parsley, chopped garlic and orange zest sprinkled over and serve.
"Tip: A mouli is a hand-operated food mill that is used to puree or grate food and can sit over a bowl or saucepan. They’re available from kitchenware stores and online."