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Braised Beef Cheeks

Prep Time:24 Hours
Cook Time:4 Hours

Nutritional Information

Beef cheeks are an amazingly rich and decadent cut to braise.


  • 4 lb. beef cheeks or beef chuck, trimmed
  • 1 Marrow bone or knuckle bone
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 ea. carrot, large dice
  • 8 ounces portabella mushrooms, stemmed and diced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 3 cups beef or veal stock, or more depending on size of dutch oven
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 whole clove
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme


  • 1. Preheat the Egg to 350ºF with cast iron grate and dutch oven.
  • 2. Season beef cheeks with salt and pepper at least an hour ahead of time up to 4 hours.
  • 3. Add butter to the dutch oven and stir to be sure butter covers the bottom of the pan.
  • 4. Next, place vegetables in the pan and cook, stirring often. Place the beef cheeks and marrow bone on the cast iron grate around the dutch oven.
  • 5. For the marrow bone you just want to grill until the marrow begins to melt. Once it does, add it to the dutch oven. Continue grilling the cheeks until you get marks on both sides. Put the cheeks in the pan.
  • 6. Next, add the red wine and allow to cook until reduced by half 5-8 minutes. Add enough stock to come up 3/4 of the way up the cheeks. Place the cover on the dutch oven, close the lid to the Egg and close vents to about 1/2” on the top (with the daisy wheel closed) and bottom. Check the temperature after 30 minutes. It should be dropping to around 300ºF. If it has not gone down check the dutch oven to make sure there is still enough liquid, and add more if necessary. Close down the vents a little more. This will depend on how much charcoal is burning and outside temperatures.
  • 7. Check the cheeks every 30 minutes and stir or add more liquid if they are getting too dry. When they are done you should be able to stick a fork in them with no resistance, about two and a half to three and a half hours.

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