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Wood-roasted rib-eye of beef with piquillo peppers


You'll need

1 kg red gum or other dense woodchips 1 beef rib-eye (about 800gm), at room temperature 1 tbsp olive oil 6-8 dry grapevine trimmings (optional)   Piquillo peppers 60 ml (¼ cup) olive oil 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 400 gm canned piquillo peppers, drained (see note)

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat a coal-bedded barbecue to very high. Make a fire in the barbecue, using woodchips, about 45 minutes before cooking the meat (see note). Once flames have died down to a bed of embers and the grill is hot, season beef with sea salt, rub olive oil over and cook, turning every 5 minutes, until it reaches 50C on a meat thermometer and is cooked rare (30-45 minutes). Add grapevines to embers in the last 10 minutes of cooking (add fresh wood to fire if embers burn out).
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, for piquillo peppers, warm olive oil in a saucepan over low-medium heat, add garlic and stir until oil is infused (1-2 minutes), then add peppers and stir until peppers bleed into oil (10-15 minutes), and season to taste with sea salt.
  • 03
  • Thickly slice meat, season to taste with sea salt and serve with piquillo peppers and silverbeet with potato.
Note If using a gas barbecue or chargrill, skip step 1 and do not use woodchips or grapevines in cooking. Sear meat 2 minutes each side, then roast, turning occasionally, at 130C until rare (30 minutes). Piquillo peppers are wood-fired Spanish peppers available from Spanish delicatessens.

It’s preferable to use a small wood or charcoal-fuelled barbecue for this recipe but you can also use a gas barbecue or chargrill plate (see note). The optimum temperature for grilling beef is 80C. You can measure this by holding a thermometer above the barbecue. Piquillo peppers are a small, sweet, almost cone-shaped variety of pepper from Navarra. They have amazing flavour because they are chargrilled over vines and peeled before being preserved.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people

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The 2005 Mount Langi Ghiran Shiraz, Ararat, Victoria or, better yet, an older vintage such as the 1997 or 2000.

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