This beer braised lamb shank recipe demands you toss meat, beer, and spices in a pot and then be patient as you sit back and let the oven do all the work.
Beer Braised Lamb Shank
- Quick Glance
- Quick Glance
- 25 M
- 4 H, 30 M
- Serves 4
Combine the chili powder, cumin, coriander, and cinnamon in a small bowl.
Pat the lamb shanks dry. Season the lamb shanks on all sides with salt and pepper and then coat the shanks with the spice rub. (Use at least 2/3 of the spice rub and, if you prefer, feel free to use all of it. If you have any spice rub left over, it would be lovely on pork, dark meat chicken, lamb chops, or pot roast.)
Heat about 2 tablespoons oil in a cast-iron Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the shanks and sear for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Reduce the heat and add the beer, vinegar, and tomato paste. Cover and gently simmer until the meat is fall apart tender, 3 to 4 hours.
Transfer the lamb shanks to a cutting board and let them rest for a few minutes. If desired, place the Dutch oven over medium heat and gently simmer the braising juices until they’re reduced to the desired consistency. Spoon any fat from the surface of the braising juices and discard.
Grab a fork and use it to pull the meat off the bone and pile it onto a platter. Pour the braising juices into a bowl for dipping. Serve the lamb along with the braising juices, tortillas, avocado, white onion, and lime wedges.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
When I first read this beer braised lamb shank recipe, I wasn't sure it would work. It sounded a bit simple. But it turned out really good in terms of flavor and texture. I started by salting the lamb shank, which I had gotten cut into 3 pieces by the butcher, the night before. The next day, I rubbed the spice rub on the shanks and then seared them until nice and brown on all sides. That took about 10 minutes. I added the tomato paste, cooked it for 1 minute, and added the beer and vinegar. I brought the mixture back to a boil, reduced the heat, and simmered for 3 hours, turning the pieces from time to time. The meat was falling of the bone by then, so I removed it from the pot and shredded it while reducing the cooking liquid. No need for any additional salt. I defatted the braising liquid using my trustworthy fat separator from OXO.
This beer braised lamb shank recipe makes beautiful lamb shanks that are simple, tender, and delicious. I used 6 smallish lamb shanks that weighed 3 1/2 pounds (1.4 kilograms) in total. For the beer I used an Irish stout. I seared the lamb on all sides in 2 tablespoons vegetable oil for the full 10 minutes in a hot pan. When making the rub, I added 1 heaping tablespoon salt and mixed it in before rubbing the spice mix on the shanks. After 2 1/2 hours, the meat was pulling away form the bones, so I declared it done and turned off the heat. I defatted the pan juices while the meat cooled. We served the meat with lime wedges, diced avocado, and sweet white onion along with small flour tortillas and ramekins of the juice. The meat was nicely seasoned, and the defatted juices were great served alongside for dipping. Sublime. Makes enough for 4 dinner servings.