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BBQ Beef Shorts Ribs with Harissa Sauce


Harissa Sauce

3 onions, chopped

1 cup salt

2 ounces dried arbol chiles

2 ounces dried pasilla chiles

3 tablespoons ground cumin

3 tablespoons ground coriander

1 star anise, ground

2 cloves

¼ teaspoon cardamom

1 cup lemon juice

4 cups blended olive oil

6 pounds beef short ribs

Salt and cracked black pepper



  1. For harissa sauce, toss onions with salt in a large bowl. Place salted onions in a strainer and drain overnight.
  2. Rehydrate arbol and pasilla chiles in simmering water until soft. Remove from water and pat dry.
  3. Mix all ingredients except for oil in a food processor. Once combined, slowly add oil in steady stream.
  4. For ribs, heat grill to about 325 degrees or medium-low heat.
  5. Season ribs with salt, pepper, and oil. Grill ribs over charcoal or hardwood until internal temperature reaches 155 degrees.
  6. Lightly brush harissa sauce on all sides of ribs. Turn off grill and let ribs sit for 20 minutes on grill, closed if there is a top.
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