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Beef and bacon hotpot

Recipe from: 23 September 2010

Ingredients 10
Servings 6
Time 20 mins


  • Sunflower oil for frying
  • 3
    onions, sliced roughly
  • 2
    cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 3
    large beef shin pieces (soup meat), meat removed from the bones, and cubed
  • 250
    diced bacon
  • 500
    beef stock
  • 1
    sachet tomato paste
  • 250
    red wine
  • 1
    large sprig fresh rosemary, left whole
  • 3
    potatoes, unpeeled and halved length ways


2 hours
Pour the oil into a cast iron pot and place the pot on the braai grid over high flames (you will need a proper wood fire, not charcoal or briquettes).
When nice and hot add the onions, fry until slightly browned.
Add the garlic and bacon, fry until starting to brown.
Keep the flames high, they should be all around the bottom of your pot, keeping everything sizzling, and add the meat, stirring to get it all browned.
Stir the red wine and tomato paste into the hot stock, add the rosemary sprig.
Add the stock mix to the pot, stir very well, and then stir in the potatoes.
Check the level of the liquid, it should be generous, as this stew is going to boil rapidly.  Place the lid on the pot and reduce the heat (spread the wood out to move the flames or lift the grid higher).
Allow the stew to cook fairly quickly: stews on the fire need to boil rapidly, cook it more quickly than you would allow a stew to cook on the stove.
Keep adding small pieces of wood to keep the flames constant and high under the pot.
Check the liquid levels frequently and give it all a good stir every now and then, add a little more water if necessary.
Cook until the potatoes are soft and have mushed into the gravy, thickening it, and the meat is tender (about 1 1/2 hours). 
Check the seasoning and serve sprinkled with parsley on rice, mashed potato or couscous.

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