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Grilled Marinated Short Ribs with Spicy Fruit Barbecue Sauce

A tempting sweet and spicy sauce for grilled marinated short ribs.

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  • 2 :large red onions, sliced thinly
  • 8 :cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 :ripe mangoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 3 :ripe plums, pitted, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 2 :ripe peaches, pitted, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 2-16 oz.:cans whole peeled tomatoes with their juices
  • 1-6 oz.:can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup:rice vinegar
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup:harissa or favorite hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon:ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon:ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons:fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup:neutral flavored oil (canola or olive oil, not Extra Virgin)
  • 10 pounds:of short ribs cut into individual pieces on the bone (ask your butcher for ENGLISH CUT)
  • Juice and zest of:2 lemons
  • 1/3 cup:olive oil
  • 2 cloves:of garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 cup:chopped flat leaf parsley



  1. Place a large sauce pan over medium low heat. Lightly coat the bottom of the pan with olive oil. Add the onions and garlic and slowly cook until golden brown (about 15-20 minutes).
  2. Add the fruit, tomatoes with their juices, tomato paste, vinegar, harissa and spices.
  3. Cook over medium heat until the mixture is very fragrant and the fruit is soft (about 30 minutes).
  4. Cool the mixture completely. Puree the mixture in a blender or food processor in batches, or use an immersion blender.
  5. Add the fresh herbs and oil. Slowly simmer for about 15 minutes until the flavors have melded.
  6. The sauce can be stored covered in the refrigerator for 5 days or frozen for 2 months.
  7. Combine the ribs, lemon juice and zest, olive oil, garlic and parsley and place in a storage container with tight fitting lid or large Ziploc bag.
  8. Marinate the short ribs at least 4 hours or overnight.
  9. Preheat the grill to medium low heat or oven to 275 degrees F.
  10. Place the short ribs on the grill and grill until the meat is very tender, turning the ribs as necessary (about 1-1/2 - 2 hours).
  11. During the last 1/2 hour, brush the ribs with the barbecue sauce.
  12. Serve the ribs with plenty of extra sauce.


Serve the ribs hot off the grill or tent them with foil and eat them at room temperature. They will also travel well to a picnic. Be sure to bring extra sauce.

Contributed by: Jewish Cooking For All Seasons by LAURA FRANKEL

I love the play of sweet fruit and spicy flavors. It is a palate opener that keeps your taste buds tingling bite after bite. Sometimes a sauce is too cloying and your palate becomes saturated. Not with this sauce. Pick the ripest fruit you can find and use as much harissa as you dare. This is a great dish as the components can all be done ahead of time.