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Organic Beef Short Ribs Barbacoa

Organic Beef Short Ribs are the perfect match for this slow-cooked Barbacoa recipe. Cooked low and slow in a sauce made with Chipotles in Adobo Sauce and Guinness, this is the best way to cook your ribs. Served with a homemade charred pineapple salsa and homemade tortillas, this is a great meal for all your guests. Once the Barbacoa has been made you can use it in a variety of dishes: tacos, burritos, enchiladas and even Arancini. Ideal for a summer gathering and what is even better is that everything can be cooked in advance.

Organic Beef Short Ribs Barbacoa

Organic Beef Short Ribs are the perfect match for this slow-cooked Barbacoa recipe. Cooked low and slow in a sauce made with Chipotles in Adobo Sauce and Guinness, this is the best way to cook your ribs. Served with a homemade charred pineapple salsa and homemade tortillas, this is a great meal for all your guests. Once the Barbacoa has been made you can use it in a variety of dishes: tacos, burritos, enchiladas and even Arancini. Ideal for a summer gathering and what is even better is that everything can be cooked in advance.

  • Serves: 16
  • Prepare: 15 Minutes
  • Cook: 6 Hours
  • Difficulty: medium

WHO ARE COOMBE FARM ORGANIC?​

We are an organic farm in Somerset producing award-winning pork, beef, lamb and chicken. Farming organically means that we never use chemicals on our fields and rely instead on natural methods that are kinder to nature. Organic farms are home to 30% more species of wildlife and 50% more pollinators as a result. 

WHAT IS ORGANIC BEEF?​

Living active, free-range lives, our organic grass-fed beef is a nutrient-dense food. We farm our cattle in harmony with nature, grazing livestock in turn helps to regenerate the health of our soil. At Coombe Farm Organic, we select only the highest-quality cuts to deliver pure, distinctive flavour every time.

Ingredients

BEEF BARBACOA

  • 4 x organic beef short ribs (approx. 1.5kg)
  • 220g chipotle in adobo sauce
  • 500ml can guinness
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 brown onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp dried cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • ½ tbsp ancho chilli flakes
  • vegetable oil
  • juice of two limes

CHARRED PINEAPPLE SALSA

  • ½ fresh pineapple
  • 1 whole corn on the cob
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 3 tbsp freshly chopped coriander
  • 2 red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped (optional)
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • juice of 1 lime

HOMEMADE TORTILLAS 

  • 400g all-purpose flour
  • 240ml warm water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Method

BEEF BARBACOA

  1. Pour 1 tbsp oil into a heavy-bottomed pan, place the short ribs fat side down and brown all over for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and transfer to your slow cooker. Finely chop the onion and scatter on top of the ribs
  2. Pour the Guinness and Chipotle in Adobo Sauce into a blender then add the garlic and spices, blitz until smooth. Pour the marinade over the short ribs, ensuring they are well coated, add the bay leaves then cover with a lid and slow cook over a medium heat for 6 hours
  3. Once the ribs have cooked, remove the bones and bay leaves then shred with two forks. Leave the meat in the marinade until you are ready to serve (for best results leave overnight in the fridge to let the flavour develop. Simply reheat for your guests and garnish with fresh chopped coriander

CHARRED PINEAPPLE SALSA

  1. Dice the red onion and transfer to a bowl along with the herbs, spices and chopped coriander
  2. Slice the skin from the pineapple and cut into ½ inch thick discs. Place them under a hot grill for a couple of minutes until a slight char develops. Remove from grill, cut into bite sized chunks and transfer to the bowl
  3. Place the corn under the grill and cook until slightly charred, remove from oven and cut the corn from the cob
  4. Add the corn to the bowl then stir in the oil, lime juice and combine the ingredients together
  5. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve

HOMEMADE TORTILLAS

  1. Pour the flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl and mix thoroughly
  2. Make a well in the middle then add water and oil. Mix with a spoon to form a light dough then tip out onto a well-floured surface and knead by hand for 10 minutes. Let the dough rest for 15 minutes
  3. Cut the dough into portions, form into a ball using your hands and flatten with a rolling pin, making 6-inch-wide tortillas
  4. Place a heavy bottom pan over a high heat and dry fry the tortillas for one minute per side
  5. Remove from heat and stack them up in a dishcloth to keep them soft and flexible
  6. Keep the tortillas covered until you are ready to serve

 

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WHO ARE COOMBE FARM ORGANIC?​

We are an organic farm in Somerset producing award-winning pork, beef, lamb and chicken. Farming organically means that we never use chemicals on our fields and rely instead on natural methods that are kinder to nature. Organic farms are home to 30% more species of wildlife and 50% more pollinators as a result. 

WHAT IS ORGANIC BEEF?​

Living active, free-range lives, our organic grass-fed beef is a nutrient-dense food. We farm our cattle in harmony with nature, grazing livestock in turn helps to regenerate the health of our soil. At Coombe Farm Organic, we select only the highest-quality cuts to deliver pure, distinctive flavour every time.

Frequently asked questions

  • Beef is a nutrient dense food and one of our best sources of high-quality protein and essential nutrients like iron, zinc and vitamin B12. Organic beef truly tastes how beef should taste, full of ‘meaty’ flavour as a result of a natural diet, free of chemicals and hormones and a slow growth to full maturity.

  • There are a number of studies that suggest organic beef is a healthier option - higher in Omega 3, Amino Acids and Healthy Fats (lower in Saturated fats). There are also several other reasons why choosing organic beef is a good idea. They range from the contribution of organic beef to climate change (grass fed beef also supports a farming system which restores goodness to the soil), animal welfare and the use of pesticides and medicines used in the farming of conventional beef animals having a detrimental effect on our health.

  • Organic beef has to be certified by an approved organic body to a number of set organic standards. These include the space that an organic beef animal has to graze, the way that its food is grown, without the use of pesticides and or unapproved fertilisers. The standards for organic beef also cover use of medicines (no routine drugs, growth promoters or additives added) and other points that improve the welfare and conditions throughout the life of the animal and on through slaughter and butchery.