May 29, 2024


Than a Food Fitter

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There may be no tastier way to ring in Juneteenth than by creating a batch of these tumble-off-the-bone barbecue beef ribs basted with spicy harissa. The recipe, borrowed from Nicole A. Taylor’s 2022 cookbook, Watermelon and Crimson Birds: A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebrations, pays homage to Black pitmasters. An equal amount of pork ribs can be substituted for the beef.

Produce: serves 4-6

Time: 15 hours

Table of Contents


  • 8 cup hickory wood chips
  • 4-5 lb. centre-slash beef ribs, white membrane eradicated
  • 1 tbsp. prepared horseradish
  • 6 tbsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup harissa, divided


  1. In a significant bowl or bucket, soak the wood chips in cold drinking water for 8–12 several hours.
  2. Rub the beef all in excess of with the horseradish, then sprinkle with the salt and black pepper. (This can be done up to one particular working day forward refrigerate in a sealed bag.)
  3. Warmth a charcoal grill to 250°F. Drain the wood chips and scatter a handful in excess of the coals, then include and cook dinner until eventually they start to smoke, about 5 minutes. Position the ribs bone-facet down on the grill and address, leaving the vents open. Grill (making sure the grill temperature stays under 275°F), turning and rotating the ribs at times, for 3 hrs, incorporating a handful of wooden chips every time the smoke subsides.
  4. With a heatproof brush, paint the meat with sufficient harissa to coat all sides, then go over and grill for 20 minutes. Repeat, brushing every 20 minutes, until the meat is slipping off the bone and a thermometer inserted into the thickest part reads 250°F, 2–3 several hours far more.
  5. Transfer the ribs to a platter, tent with foil, and rest for 30 minutes before slicing. Serve with much more harissa if sought after.


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