Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks

Braised for hours in a slow cooker, these lamb shanks are falling-off-the-bone tender so serve with a spoon to enjoy all the flavors of the lamb, vegetables and sauce.


  • yellow onion, diced  ·  1 
  • celery stalks, diced  ·  2 
  • carrots, peeled and diced  ·  2 
  • garlic cloves, crushed  ·  3  
  • cups chicken stock  ·  2  
  • peeled, seeded and chopped tomatoes  ·  1 cup 
  • chopped fresh thyme  ·  1 tablespoon 
  • bay leaf  ·  1 
  • lamb shanks, external fat trimmed  ·  4 
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste  ·   
  • olive oil  ·  2 tablespoons 
  • red wine  ·  1 cup 


Put the onion, celery, carrots, garlic, stock, tomatoes, tomato paste, thyme and bay leaf in a slow cooker and stir to combine.

Season the lamb shanks with salt and pepper. In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil until nearly smoking. Add the shanks and brown on all sides, about 5 minutes total then transfer the shanks to the slow cooker.

Remove the sauté pan from the heat, pour in the wine and return to medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer while deglazing the pan to remove and dissolve the browned residue from the pan which will add to the flavor of the sauce. Add the deglazed pan mixture to the slow cooker, cover and cook on high for at least 6 hours. Transfer the lamb shanks to a large serving dish.

Remove the bay leaf from the cooking liquid. Use a blender to puree the remaining liquids and solids until smooth. Pour the sauce over the shanks and serve over mashed potato with an Embrace Grenache.

Embrace Grenache

Embrace Grenache

Embrace is a single-varietal of the red grape Grenache from a single vineyard. Soft, full-bodied and easy-drinking, The nose and the palate are in sync delivering a full, easy flavor which lingers long after the wine leaves the mouth.