Beef short ribs with chimchurri

Fresh and fragrant Chimichurri sauce, from Uruguay & Argentina, is the best accompaniment to these meltingly tender beef ribs.


  • 3 kg beef short ribs
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup (125ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • ½ teaspoon dried chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano leaves


  • 1
    Preheat a covered barbecue with all burners on low and hood closed until temperature reaches 180°C/350°F, or follow manufacturer's instructions.
  • 2
    Season ribs. Place ribs in a large ovenproof dish. Place dish on barbecue; turn burners off underneath dish, leaving other burners on low. Cook with the hood closed for 2 hours, turning occasionally, or until tender (the ribs will be medium rare). Adjust the heat to maintain the temperature at about 160°C/325°F. Heat barbecue grill over high heat. Transfer ribs from dish to grill; cook for 2 minutes each side or until browned. Return ribs to dish; rest, covered, for 10 minutes.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, make chimichurri.
  • 4
    Serve ribs with chimichurri.
  • 5
    Blend or process ingredients until chopped finely. Season to taste. Transfer to a bowl or jar; cover tightly. Refrigerate until needed.


Season the ribs and cook on a barbecue grill over a medium-high heat until browned both sides and done as desired. Chimichurri is also a delicious sauce for beef steaks such as rib-eye on the bone, scotch fillet, sirloin, rump, t-bone or skirt.Chimichurri can be made a day ahead.

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