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  • Troutman
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    • Aug 2017
    • 6910
    • Republic of Texallence

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    Smoked & Braised Lamb Shanks

    So I've been going do the shank-a-licious road lately. My first stop, if you'll remember, was with veal shanks that I turned into a classic Osso Buco with a smokey twist. This time I want to do a variation on that theme with some fantastic lamb shanks I sourced from my local Central Market. As with all shanks, there's the requirement that you cook them in some manner that renders the connective tissue to tenderize them enough to turn rubber bands into lucious succulent goodness.

    So a perfect choice for a winter's day in the Troutman brasserie. I treated the approach to this dish the same way as the Osso Buco, that being a good smoking of the meat followed by a classic braise in the oven. This time; however, I'm changing up the braising liquid which in turn changes the complexity of the final result.

    We start by salt brining our shanks overnight. As a matter of fact, I ended up going almost 36 hours due to a timing issue. These shanks are off that charts huge, almost 2 lbs. a piece.....

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    ...after a good layer of POG followed by some Killer Hogs BBQ Rub, I set them aside and began the mesan plas of my mirepoix with an emphasis this time on a few more root veggies, like parsnips mixed in with my carrots. Notice I keep them chopped in larger pieces to avoid having them break down in the braise.....

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    ...the meat then went onto my smoker for about an hour and a half along with some butts I was already cooking. I wanted to get some deep smoke into these as well as getting some benefit from pre-cooking them. I used all cherry wood chunks, gave a really deep rich color and wonderful flavor to the skin.....


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    So when the shanks got to the point of having great color and had taken on an adequate amount of smoke, I pulled and rested them in foil and began my braising liquid. Since I wanted this dish to take on a different and bold complexity, instead of a white Sauvignon Blanc wine base, I've decided to use a Merlot along with my stock.....


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    First things first, sweating down the veggies in some olive oil....


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    ....once reduced down I seasoned then added some tomato paste and additional garlic. The paste adds color and richness to the braise. Cooking it down with the veggies causes it to also intensify and give sweetness to the dish.....


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    ....now that everything is sweated down, it's time to add the liquids. I began by deglazing the pot with the red wine, about 2 cups worth, followed by 2 cups of chicken stock. An alternative for an even richer result would be a good beef bone broth but I was out and the chicken would have to do.....


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    ....the result was an incredibly rich braising liquid ready to tame the sinewy lamb shanks, so into the jacuzzi they went. Like all braising techniques, I kept the liquid to no more than 2/3rds of the way up, but not covering the meat....


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    I then covered the pot and put it into a 350* oven for 2 hours. At the 1 hour mark I flipped the shanks to make sure both sides were braised tender. An alternative would be the use of an Instapot or pressure cooker accomplishing the same thing in a fraction of the time. Once the meat was done and tender, I removed it, tented with foil and reduced the liquid on the stovetop to a rich gravy.

    Although a bit of a long process, it's a relatively simple one, with the results being spectacular !! The earthiness of the lamb and the rich dark wine sauce makes for a totally delicious meal. Classically served in a base of polenta or risotto, I opted to make some creamy smooth garlic and rosemary infused mashed potatoes. Topped with the rich, delicious gravy and a sprinkle of Parmesan, this dish might have even topped the Osso Buco !!!


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    Get you some of that on a cold winter's day, rustic and real Lamb Shanks !!

    Troutman Steve's outta here !!
  • Attjack
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    #2
    Man, that looks great!

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    • klflowers
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      • Sep 2015
      • 2786
      • Tennessee

      #3
      Man oh man, that looks good.

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      • Dan Deter
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        • Jun 2018
        • 346
        • Raleigh, NC
        • Weber Summit S-670
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        #4
        Wow

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        • Sweaty Paul
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          • Aug 2014
          • 1308
          • Hays, KS
          • Green Mountain Grill - Jim Bowie
            (I've never regretted having too much grate space).

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          #5
          Wowsers. I’m hungry.

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          • PappyBBQ
            Charter Member
            • May 2015
            • 497
            • Los Angeles
            • Equipment:
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            #6
            That's off the hook! I'm salivating like Pavlov's Dog!

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            • jgreen
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              • Oct 2014
              • 2653
              • Winnipeg Manitoba Canada
              • Cookers:
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              #7
              Dang. Should not have opened this before dinner. Nice cook.

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              • Henrik
                Founding Member - Moderator Emeritus
                • Jul 2014
                • 3979
                • Stockholm, Sweden

                #8
                Now that is just brilliant. It looks soo tasty!!

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                • Ahumadora
                  Club Member
                  • Oct 2015
                  • 1878
                  • Pilar Buenos Aires, Argentina

                  #9
                  Meathead When is troutman going to start writing articles for you???

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                  • Troutman
                    Troutman commented
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                    Check out my new title, lookin’ for member recipes, got some? Post ‘em !!!
                • BRic
                  Club Member
                  • Mar 2017
                  • 370
                  • Winnipeg Mb. Canada
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                  #10
                  Wow that looks good , like your pics .

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                  • Thunder77
                    Founding Member
                    • Jul 2014
                    • 2716
                    • Halethorpe, MD
                    • Weber 26.75" Kettle with SnS. Broil King Baron 5 burner. Akorn Kamado, and Akorn Jr kamado. Primo Oval Junior. Love grilling steaks, ribs, and chicken. Need to master smoked salmon Favorite cool weather beer: Sam Adams Octoberfest Favorite warm weather beer: Yuengling Traditional Lager All-time favorite drink: Single Malt Scotch

                    #11
                    As usual Troutman, your write-ups are very detailed and informative, your results spectacular, and your photos are making me drool all over my keyboard. Well done sir!

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                    • Troutman
                      Troutman commented
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                      Thanks for the kind word Thunder, as well as all who commented.
                  • Troutman
                    Club Member
                    • Aug 2017
                    • 6910
                    • Republic of Texallence

                    • OUTDOOR COOKERS
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                      Weber stainless veggie basket
                      Weber stainless fish basket
                      Weber stainless rib rack
                      Phat Mat cooking mats
                      Barbestar BBQ Cooking Gloves
                      WOOD & PELLET PREFERENCES
                      For Beef (brisket, beef ribs, large clods/roasts) = 100% mesquite, oak or hickory
                      For Chicken & other fowl = competition blend, cherry/oak/hickory
                      For Turkey = 100% hickory or competition blend
                      For Pork Shoulder = mesquite, oak or hickory
                      For Pork Chops or Ribs = 100% applewood
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                    #12
                    In order to keep the AR Pit THE world class on line bbq cooking center that it is requires all of your help. Please think about spending a few moments to post your favorite recipe. The reward for you will be getting potentially published here and the reward for the rest of us will be the collective group of universally shared recipes!! Thanks all !!

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                    • Hulagn1971
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                      • Dec 2014
                      • 915
                      • NC, The Triad
                      • WSM 22.5", Pitmaster IQ110, Weber 22.5" Kettle with SNS, Weber 14" Smokey Joe.

                      #13
                      This looks amazing!

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