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BBQ Beef Ribs with Monkey Gland Sauce

BBQ Beef Ribs with Monkey Gland Sauce


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BBQ Beef Ribs with Monkey Gland Sauce

This sauce will really have you covered for almost anything on Pesach. You can cook your ribs, roast and brisket in it or simply spoon it over, steak, schnitzels, burgers, chops and wors (South African sausage). It's great with everything - Ok maybe not ice cream!! For the same amount of work I would double up on this recipe, it will be worth it!!


  • Prep Time : 30 min
  • Cook Time : 3 hour
  • Ready Time : 3 hour, 30 min




  • 2 short rib roasts cut into individual ribs


  • 2 cups finely chopped onions
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup Granny Smith apples, peeled and grated
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup chutney* click for recipe
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup no fish Worcheshire or 1 beef bouillion cube


Fry the ribs, meat side down first then on the remaining sides until evenly tanned!

Make up the sauce:

In a medium to large saucepan, fry the onions and ginger in oil until golden brown. You really want that lovely caramelized look to the onions.

Add the garlic, tomatoes and grated apple. Continue to fry until soft.

Add the rest of the ingredients, mix well and allow to simmer for 30 – 45 minutes with the lid lying loosely on top of the pot. You need to keep an eye on it, especially towards the end of the cooking process, as it can catch on the bottom of the pan and burn.

Either blend in a food processor or with hand blender until smooth.

Allow to cool and refrigerate in a glass jar or plastic bottle.

Pour sauceover ribs. You may not need all the sauce but ensure the ribs are well coated.

Place into roasting dish, cover and roast (meaty side up, facing you) for 1 hour on 350 Deg F then reduce heat to 300 and continue to roast covered for 2 hours. Remove cover and check that they are nicely glazed, if too dry add a little more sauce and continue to cook. If the liquid is too loose and needs to thicken up to form a nice glaze, remove the tin foil and continue to cook until the sauce reduces and thickens up.  I have also roasted them in a clear cooking bag with great success, because they stay lovely and moist and brown well. If they look like they’re getting to dark then all you need to do is cover the bag in the roasting dish with tin foil.


About The Kosher Butcher's Wife


Sharon Lurie is The Kosher Butcher's Wife. Written in a humorous, fun style, Sharon's first book, Cooking with the Kosher Butcher's Wife, set out to dispel the old myth that kosher meat is tough, dry and boring and in doing so, took the monotony our of mince and put the bounce back into Brisket. In her latest book 'Celebrating with the Kosher Butcher's Wife, Sharon takes you on her trip down memory lane, where she proves traditional recipes don't have to be tired and old fashioned, but rather, very trendy and abosulutely delicious.. Visit Celebrating with the Kosher Butcher's Wife!




6 Responses to BBQ Beef Ribs with Monkey Gland Sauce

  1. Yummo, and not a monkey gland in sight! LOL!

  2. Too good to pass up. Have to try this — we eat short ribs throughout the year, especially starting now when the warm weather comes.

  3. avatar says: HarleeM1

    How did the sauce get the name, “monkey gland?” I only clicked on to see why. Monkeys glands? Monkeys can’t possibly be Kosher! And even if they were…oy gevalt, what a shonda!

  4. No Monkeys,no glands!! But oh so delicious. In fact, I have buckets of it stored in my fridge and freezer (would hate run out!)It is a South African version of BBQ sauce and there are many stories as to how the name came about. I guess they were monkey-ing around in the kitchen! We’re so used to the name here in SA but ‘Kohf-Key Sauce’ has a better ring to it! (Kohf = Monkey in Hebrew)

  5. Wish wish less animals were encouraged to be slaughtered by your recipes- you are a great cook for sure and pictures are very appetizing however, as Jews we should encourage a suffering free animal life as well – midos extends to creatures of Hashem – whose voiceless suffering most humans refuse to listen to- in an average lifetime one person eats- 19 cows, 269 chickens, 800 fish – 40 lambs and baby calves!!! That’s why our global warming from the wrong kind of farming is so disastrous

  6. Hi Rhonda, I’m not sure I understand ‘wish less animals were encouraged to be slaughtered by your recipes’. You are 100% correct in saying as Jews we should ‘encourage a suffering free animal life’ and that’s exactly what kosher shechting does. However, if you are referring to ‘Monkey gland sauce’ please read the recipe and you will see that no monkey’s glands were used at all – Monkeys for one are certainly not kosher and being a beautiful creature of Hashem would never be considered. ‘Monkey Gland’ was a name derived by Chef’s visiting South Africa once – why on earth they gave it that name is beyond me! You can google it and try to find an answer. I did and I’m still confused but I’m certainly not confused about the delicious taste of this sauce. Maybe we should call it Kohf-key sauce (Kohf = monkey in Hebrew). Please make it, you will love it – it is one of my most popular requests. BTW we don’t shecht baby calves in South AFrica so we don’t ever get to taste veal.

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