Ronaldo Linares

Short Rib Barbacoa Stuffed Arepas

Serves: 10 people
Cook Time: 3 - 4 hours
Short Rib Barbacoa Stuffed Arepas


  • Main

Smoke Sessions | Using original Kingsford Charcoal


  1. 01

    Preheat grill to 275°F. Place 12-inch iron skillet on the grill with the lid closed to preheat.

  2. 02

    Once hot, place dry chilis on the skillet. Once they are pliable, remove from skillet (about 2-3 minutes each side). Close the lid and keep the skillet inside.

  3. 03

    Remove stems and seeds from the dry chilis. Cut into small pieces. Set aside.

  4. 04

    In a bowl, add short ribs and season with salt and pepper. Add oil to the bowl and mix well. Set aside.

  5. 05

    Add remaining braising elements into the iron skillet or caldron.



    • 4 Ancho Chilis (dry, stemmed with seeds removed)
    • 1 can Chipotle Chili Pods in Adobo
    • 1 cup Onion (diced)
    • 1 cup Carrots (diced)
    • 1/2 cup Celery (diced)
    • 5 cloves Garlic (chopped)
    • 1 tablespoon Tomato Paste
    • 3 Bay Leaves
    • 1 (28 ounce) can Whole, Peeled Tomatoes
    • 1 tablespoon Dry Oregano
    • 1 teaspoon Cumin Powder
    • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
    • 2 cups Chicken Stock
  7. 06

    Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir ingredients well. Place short rips on top, submerged slightly with the meat side down. Cover with lid.

  8. 07

    Make sure the skillet is placed on the left side of the grill, which is cooler. Braise for about 2.5 hours, or until tender.

  9. 08

    Add more liquid as needed during the braising process to ensure that the mixture does not dry up.

  10. 09

    Once ribs are tender, remove from liquid. Set aside to cool. Shred meat.

  11. 10

    Remove bay leaves from the skillet. Puree the liquid in batches, until all has been pureed. Add half of the sauce to the meat mixture.

  12. 11

    To prepare the arepas, preheat grill to 400°F.

  13. 12

    Mix all arepas ingredients together. Mix with hands until dough forms. Knead dough until smooth. Place in a plastic bag for 15 minutes to set.



    • 2 cups Masaarepa
    • 2 cups Hot Water
    • 1/4 cup Melted Butter
    • 1 cup Queso Fresco
  15. 13

    Keep your hands moist with drops of water during the dough forming process. Form dough into tennis ball sized circles. Then, shape the balls into discs, about ½ inch thick.

  16. 14

    Coat each side with avocado oil. Cook each disc on a preheated pan on the grill. Cook both sides of each disc for 5 minutes, until lightly browned. Repeat until all discs are cooked.

  17. 15

    Serve by stuffing each arepas with a large spoonful of the barbacoa mixture. Top with a tablespoon of the reserved sauce. If you’d like, serve with cilantro, onions, queso fresco, and a squeeze of lime.


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