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Smoked and braised lamb shanks with smoked polenta
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smokin'gal
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10 11 12:08 am    Post subject: Smoked and braised lamb shanks with smoked polenta Reply with quote

I found a ridiculously awesome deal on lamb shanks at my local grocery store a while back, and decided I couldn't pass it up:



I used some fresh herbs, sea salt, cracked black pepper (along with some olive oil) to make a paste to coat and marinate the lamb shanks:





After putting the shanks on the Egg, I diced some veggies to be used in the braise and tossed them onto the smoker for a bit:




I made the braising liquid using a red wine, demi glace, and vegetable broth reduction:




After the shanks had received 2.5 hours of smoke (pecan and cherry), I added everything into the "pot" on the smoker:



After the uncovered pan had been on the smoker for about 2.5 more hours, the pan was covered so that the shanks could braise for 3 more hours. I removed the shanks after they were fall off the bone tender (sorry, no snapshots of this), and tossed a batch of polenta I had made onto the smoker:




Dinner is served:




The next night, I reheated the leftovers, but made some roasted garlic mashed potatoes, seasoned with hickory-smoked butter, salt, and pepper:




This stuff was devine. The lamb was succulent and tender and the sauce was rich and complimented the lamb perfectly. I'm glad I bought another package of shanks, although I should have bought all they had at that price. I really like polenta, and the addition of smoke was awesome. I should try that with some grits, lol.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10 11 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mmmmm....mmm....mmmmmm!!
Looks fantastic!
I have yet to try smoking lamb.
Not sure if my wife will eat it. Confused
No problem, I'll just eat it all. Shocked
Thanks for sharing smokin'gal. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10 11 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Delicious looking meal, but where is the dessert. We are expecting one, you have us spoiled.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10 11 1:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not that $4.49 is not a cracking deal when the original price is $6.99 but I hate to be out here where lamb is bred and ranched and you can't get good lamb, at what I call a cheap price, (maybe another buck a lb off).
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10 11 3:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really think you were born Italian in a previous life....
I wish I could find a great deal like that here in NC....
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10 11 3:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NICE, smokin'gal! I do lamb shanks once or twice a year, but have never done them on the smoker Embarassed Gonna have to try that for sure. Looks outstanding Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10 11 3:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys for checking out my post.

SoEzzy: The price was $1.29/lb, down from $4.49/lb.

Zski: Next time Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10 11 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Amazing looking cook smokin' gal, very nicely done.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10 11 6:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

smokin'gal wrote:
SoEzzy: The price was $1.29/lb, down from $4.49/lb.


At that price I'd be looking at half a freezer full, were there anymore or was that the end of them?

I saw the $6.66 and $4.49 and those are the prices and reduced prices round here when you are lucky!

$1.29 I would buy them all, I have had a few times like that with leg of lamb at Easter, but the supermarket that always used to get in 6 or 8 now only gets 1 or 2, I used to buy their leftovers on a deal down as low as about $1.19/lb last time 2 years ago I got 84lb of leg of lamb! Very Happy Wink Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10 11 6:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would have taken the mashed w/lamb as desert!!! Looks great as usual 'Gal!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10 11 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SoEzzy wrote:
smokin'gal wrote:
SoEzzy: The price was $1.29/lb, down from $4.49/lb.


At that price I'd be looking at half a freezer full, were there anymore or was that the end of them?


There were probably about 15-20 more. Kicking myself for not stocking up. They don't appear to sell well, so I'll have to see if they run another special.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10 11 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

smokin'gal wrote:
There were probably about 15-20 more. Kicking myself for not stocking up. They don't appear to sell well, so I'll have to see if they run another special.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10 11 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those lamb shanks look great - very nice smokin gal!

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12 11 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks awesome, I am so glad you got a ceramic because you are giving me some great ideas.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12 11 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks tremendous, again....

"but made some roasted garlic mashed potatoes, seasoned with hickory-smoked butter, salt, and pepper"

Mashed potatoes aren't properly complete until they're "yellowed" ~~~>Those are perfect !!!

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13 11 11:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow!! Those are lamb shanks done right.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 13 11 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh wow..that looks fantastic!!! I would charge $30 a plate for that ...lol!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14 11 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Snapin' armpits smokin' gal. What a killer spread. Herb rub.....Roasted veggies, and Lindeman's is fine grape juice. I kinda lean t'wards a bit a lamb as it is, but that whole plate up is outstanding. Ya even have lefties!! Damn!!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15 11 4:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How long did you have that polenta on the smoker?

I tried some last night for only about an hour or so and it turned out unedible and way too smokey!

Everything else (chicken) turned out perfect!!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 15 11 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is one fantastic looking meal! Cool
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