Pulled beef and balsamic root vegetables from the Dutch oven

A recipe for pulled beef with balsamic root vegetables, all prepared in a Dutch oven on the barbecue:


For the pulled beef:

  • 1 kg beef neck or brisket
  • 2 tbsp Helvetic Barbeque Coffee Rub
  • 250 ml beef stock
  • 125 ml dark beer
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • Fresh herbs of your choice (e.g. rosemary, thyme)

For the root vegetables:

  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 2 parsnips, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Helvetic Barbeque Salt-n-Pepper Rub to taste
  • A splash of balsamic vinegar
  • Tomatoes

For the polenta:

  • 250 g polenta (corn semolina)
  • 1 l water or vegetable stock
  • 50 g butter
  • 50 g grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt to taste


  1. Rub the meat all over with the Helvetic Barbeque Coffee Rub and let it soak in for 1 hour per centimeter of thickness.
  2. Preheat the grill, aiming for an indirect heat of around 150°C.
  3. Mix the vegetables with olive oil, Helvetic Barbeque Salt-n-Pepper Rub and a splash of balsamic vinegar before putting them in the Dutch oven.
  4. Place the meat in the center of the Dutch oven. Add the beef stock, the dark beer (a sip beforehand for the barbecue), balsamic vinegar and honey. Sprinkle onions, garlic and herbs around and over the meat.
  5. Cover the Dutch oven and place it in the grill. Leave the meat to braise for around 3-4 hours until it reaches a core temperature of 90°C and the meat is easy to pull apart.
  6. When the meat is ready, take it out with the juice and shred it with two forks. You can mix the meat and juice together.
  7. For the polenta: Bring the water or vegetable stock to the boil, stir in the polenta and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Finally, stir in the butter and Parmesan and season with Helvetic Barbeque Salt-n-Pepper Rub.
  8. Serve the pulled beef with the aromatic root vegetables and creamy polenta.

This combination of tender pulled beef and sweet and sour root vegetables, paired with the creamy polenta, is a real treat for any barbecue party. Have fun cooking it and enjoy it!

E Guätä!

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