800g beef short ribs, cut into individual ribs if necessary
250ml red wine
3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
680g tomato passata
2 fresh bay leaves
2 oregano springs
large handful of basil leaves
Enough dried tagliatelle for the crowd
grated parmesan to serve
Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a large heavy based casserole dish over a low heat
Add the onion, celery, carrot and a pinch of salt and sauté for 10-15 minutes until soft and caramelised.Transfer to a large bowl and wipe the saucepan clean.
Heat the remaining olive oil over a high heat and brown the ribs on all sides. Transfer to the bowl and discard any oil left in the casserole.
Return to the heat, add the wine and simmer for a minute or two, scraping any bits stick to the bottom.
Return the vegetables and ribs to the casserole, add the garlic, passata and 300 ml of water and stir. Add the bay leave and oregano.Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook for 3-4 hours until the meat is tender and falling away from the bone.
Remove the ribs from the ragu and shred the meat, discarding any bones. Return the meat to the sauce, along with most of the basil leaves. Simmer uncovered, for about 10 minutes until slightly reduced. Remove and discard the bay leaves, season to taste and keep the ragu warm over a low heat while you cook the pasta.
Cook the tagliatelle until al dente and transfer it to the ragu and toss to combine, adding 1/4-1/2 cup of the pasta water as needed to thin the sauce.
Serve scattered with freshly grated parmesan and the remaining basil leaves
Cooking a brisket on the BBQ has been described as "the Everest of BBQ cooking". So all the more reason to give it a go!
You can google American BBQ and get plenty of advice on techniques, rubs, smoke and barbeques. It is a really rich source of information and well worthwhile. In the meantime, the process below is simple and works.
Rub the brisket with salt, pepper and olive oil and place in the fridge for at least an hour if not overnight.
Heat BBQ between 110C-150C. If you want smoke, use your smoker, or if you are like us and don't have one, get some wood chips, soak them in water, and place them on the gas burners or on the charcoals. Keep a couple of pieces on the burner at a time.
Place the brisket on a rack in the BBQ and put the hood down. Cook for 1.5 hours. You need to ensure your BBQ stays within the temperature range. So you may need to chock open the hood. Ideally the brisket is not getting direct heat from the BBQ; that is, it is not directly above the flames.
After 1.5 hours start taking the internal temperature of the brisket. Ensure you take the temperature from the middle of the thickest part of the brisket. When it gets to 74C, wrap the brisket in foil, and continue cooking it on the BBQ at the same temperature. You can stop the smoke at this stage as it is in foil. Note you an do without the BBQ now, and continue the cooking in your oven at 110C if you want.
After a further 2 hours start monitoring the internal temperature. Once it gets to 94C, remove the brisket. It may be 3 hours from the time you wrapped it in foil for it to reach 94C. All up about a five hour cook.
Leave the brisket in the foil and wrap the brisket in a towel and place in an Eski It will keep cooking. You can leave it there for at least an hour or more. The internal temperatures takes a while to come down and all the time it is cooking slowly.
We like to make up the BBQ sauce from our BBQ beef short ribs recipe (on our website) to serve alongside the brisket.
Wrap roast in foil and cook in oven for 1.5 hours at 150C (not fan forced)
For a smaller cut reduce the time proportionate to the reduced weight, but be aware that it is the thickest dimension of the cut which determines cooking time. So aim for an internal temperature of 60C for rare, 63C for medium rare. Take the meat out between 7-10 degrees before it reaches the target internal temperature as it continues to heat up. Ideally you would have a probe thermometer.
Take out of oven and rest for 20 to 30 minutes in the foil
Open the foil and put under the grill for 20 minutes at 180C to get caramelization