Beef Cheeks in Red wine/Port Recipe

Beef cheeks are full of muscle. It needs to be cooked slowly for a long time on low heat. This way, the beef cheeks will melt in your mouth.

Red wine and Port Beef cheeks with Potatoes

Slow cooked beef cheeks in Red wine and Port,garlic ,orange zest
Prep Time 6 hrs
Cook Time 9 hrs
Total Time 15 hrs
Course Main Course
Cuisine australian
Servings 4


  • BBQ, smoker or slow cooker
  • Sharp knife
  • Large Pot
  • Grater


  • 2 Beef cheeks number will vary depending on how many people your feeding
  • 1 orange for orange zest and juice
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 1 Capsicum
  • 1 tbsp mixed herbs
  • 700 ml Red wine your choice of red wine
  • 500 ml Port your choice of port
  • 2 tbsp corn flour
  • 1 tbsp black cracked pepper
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 6 Potatoes
  • 140 g tomato paste


  • Open beef cheeks from packaging and give them a wash
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  • Place into pot and add 700ml red wine and 500ml of port
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  • add pepper, salt ,mixed herbs and tomato paste
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  • Cut up capsicum , onion and garlic roughly and add to pot .Grate skin off orange into pot(orange zest then squeeze the juice of the orange into pot.)
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  • Cover pot and put into fridge for minimum of 4hrs to let the red wine, port and orange zest soak into meat. Leaving it in for longer gives a stronger flavour of the wine and port.
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  • Pull out of fridge after 8hrs., i charcoal cook my beef cheeks but this can also be done in a slow cooker. Add 500ml of water before putting into cooker.
  • Place on charcoal /smoker at 125 degrees Celsius for 8rs with every 2 hrs checking beef cheeks and stirring the pot and adding water as needed.
  • At the 6hr mark I like to thicken the sauce up with corn flour. Put two tablespoons of corn flour into a bowl add cold water and stir until all powder is gone then add to pot while stirring the pot mixture.
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  • after 8hrs the beef cheeks will be falling apart at the touch of a fork. time to start the potatoes
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  • peel potatoes and cut up into quarters,bring water too boil and add potatoes.If you want to you could mash your potatoes


Make sure you wash the beef cheeks after you open them up from the packaging.Cut up the garlic ,capsicum and onion into big chunks. Place beef cheeks into pot add your wine and port making sure you cover the beef cheeks in the mixture.Remember this could be any wine or port of your choosing.Add vegetables ,salt,pepper,tomato paste ,orange zest ,orange juice into pot.Cover pot place into fridge for minimum of 4hrs the longer the better.Every 3hrs i would roll the beef cheeks over in the bowl while its in the fridge.
After 8hrs  pull from fridge .I put mine on a charcoal cooker for 8 to 9hrs or until beef cheeks are falling apart.I will add 500ml of water before being put onto cooker because the red wine/port will reduce if you don’t. For a slow cooker i  would pour mixture into slow cooker and just add water.For the charcoal bbq get the heat to 150 degrees and place pot onto the BBQ uncovered for the first 3 hrs.For me this gets a bit of a charcoal smokey flavour into the sauce.After 3hrs Place a lid on pot and let it cook for the next 3hrs checking every hour on the liquid level.Around the 6 hr mark i like to thicken the sauce by adding 2 table spoons of corn flour. This will turn the sauce more into a gravy and will stick to the beef checks on serving.You do this by adding corn flour to a bowl and add cold water ,stir until powder is completely gone then add mixture to beef cheeks .
Keyword BBQ, beef, garlic, hickory, onions, orange, potatoes, smoked, zest

Can you over cook Beef cheeks?

You can’t over cook beef cheeks. They just go tender and eventually will fall apart into the sauce.

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