Braised Lamb Shanks

Easter is right around the corner, and lamb is one of our favorite Easter meals. Check out Chef Tom’s twist on Braised Lamb Shanks, featuring local grass-fed lamb braised on the Yoder Smokers Pellet Grill in a sauce of chipotles, Pinot Noir wine and San Marzano tomatoes and topped off with a lime gremolata.

Braised Lamb Shanks Recipe


Ingredients

Gremolata:

  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Zest of 1 lime, coarsely grated

Instructions

Preheat a Lodge 7 Quart Dutch Oven over high heat. Add the Saica Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Place half of the lamb shanks in the dutch oven and sear on all sides. Remove from the dutch oven. Sear the other half of the shanks. Remove from the dutch oven.

Turn the heat down to medium heat. Add the leeks, carrot, garlic and a shake of Noble Saltworks Cherrywood Smoked Flaked Finishing Salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the leeks are softened, about 5 minutes.

Add the dried chipotles and bay leaf, then pour in the pinot noir, vegetable stock, tomatoes and seasonings. Stir. Nestle the lamb shanks into the braising liquid. Place a lid on the dutch oven and transfer to the grill.

Cook at 350°F until the meat is very tender and nearly falling off the bones, about 1.5-2 hours. Remove the dutch oven from the grill.

To make the gremolata, simply combine all three ingredients and mix.

Remove the shanks from the braising liquid and set aside. Remove the bay leaf from the braising liquid and discard the leaf. Transfer the braising liquid to a Vitamix blender. Blend the mixture, starting slowly. Be very careful, as hot liquids can explode out of the blender if you don’t ease into it.

Serve the braised lamb shanks on a bed of rice, topped with the chipotle tomato sauce and a sprinkle of the gremolata.

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1 Comment

  1. Andy
    April 11, 2019

    That looks great! I’ve been watching your videos for over a year and because of these videos I will be having my very own YS640 delivered to me here in Seattle today!

    A suggestion for recipe ideas:
    1) smoked leg of lamb on the Yoder
    2) smoked suckling pig

    Keep up the great work!

    Kind regards,
    Andy

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