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pork shank

Smoked and braised pork shanks

  • Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 people 1x


This recipe for smoked and braised pork shanks will make you the Comfort food King or Queen. Smoking the shanks before braising them adds a whole new level of flavor, and makes the pork gravy amazing.


  • 4 pork shanks
  • 4 TBS Bold BBQ Rub, or your favorite BBQ Seasoning
  • 4 TBS Italian Seasoning
  • 1 yellow onion (chopped)
  • 1 green bell pepper (chopped)
  • 2 stalks celery (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup shredded or chopped carrots
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 TBS minced garlic
  • 3 TBS tomato paste
  • 1 TBS worcestershire sauce
  • 34 bay leaves
  • 1/2 bottle full-bodied red wine
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tsp kosher salt (plus to taste)
  • 1 tsp black pepper (plus to taste)
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 TBS corn starch
  • 2 TBS water


  1. Prepare smoker to run at 275 degrees.
  2. Season shanks thoroughly with Bold rub, the Italian seasoning. Place on smoker and cook for 1.5 hours
  3. While shanks are smoking, add olive oil to a thick-bottomed pot on medium-high heat, then add carrots, onions, celery and bell pepper. Cook 5 minutes or until onions are becoming soft. Add garlic and bay leaves, cook for 2 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook for 3 more minutes. Deglaze pan with red wine and allow to reduce by 1/3. Add salt and pepper and chicken stock. Stir and turn off heat.
  4. After shanks have smoked for 1.5 hours, put them into a half-sized aluminum pan. Pour braising liquid in pan, add sprigs of thyme, cover with aluminum foil and return to smoker. Cook for an additional 2 to 2.5 hours, or until meat is very tender.
  5. Remove shanks from liquid and keep warm. Pour braising liquid through a fine-mesh sieve into your sauce pan. Bring sauce to a boil, the reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes. Mix corn starch and water, add to sauce and bring back to a boil. Remove from heat.
  6. Plate shanks and pour gravy over.
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: braised, pork gravy, pork shanks, red wine, smoked beef tenderloin