Smoked and Braised Beef Shank Osso Buco

  • Recipe Type

    Red Meat

  • Skill Level


  • Grill Time

    3+ hours

  • Method


  • Servings

    Serves 4-6

This is a northern Italian meal that is traditionally made with veal shanks and served in fine restaurants all over the world.  We wanted to find a way to incorporate some smoke into an already delicious dish and make it even better.  I do believe that what we have come up with did exactly that.  That tender beef, the tasty juices and the cooked vegetables all come together to make for a true eating pleasure.

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  1. Use kitchen twine to tie around the outside of each shank so it will retain its shape.  Sprinkle each shank with Kosher salt and black pepper.  Allow to sit out for a minimum of 15 minutes.
  2. Light your charcoal and set up your grill for indirect cooking.  Heat the grill up to 300°.
  3. Place a Dutch Oven or heavy pot on the grill and place a second grate over the top.  Lay each shank on the grate directly over the pot.
  4. Cook for approximately one hour allowing the drippings to fall directly into the pot.
  5. Remove the grate from the top of the pot and place all remaining ingredients in the pot.  Stir the ingredients to coat with the juices, tuck the shanks down into them.  The liquids should be ½-3/4 of the way up the meat.
  6. Place the lid on the pot and cook for an additional 2 hours or until the meat is fall apart tender.
  7. Serve the Osso Buco over a bed of creamy polenta, mashed potatoes or, as we did here, egg noodles.
  8. Spoon the vegetables and liquid over the top to serve.
  9. Watch the look on everyone’s face as they taste it, there’s the payoff.


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