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Hot ‘n’ Spicy Lamb Shanks

The first time I made this dish, I was planning a special evening with my boyfriend. I was completely unaware that he, too, had special plans for that evening-a proposal! —Joylyn Trickel
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 2-3/4 hours
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 4 lamb shanks (about 12 ounces each)
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) crushed tomatoes in puree
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 bay leaves
  • GLAZE:
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lime zest


  • In a large Dutch oven or soup kettle, brown lamb shanks, two at a time, in 3 tablespoons oil. Remove meat and discard drippings. In same pan, saute onions, garlic and jalapeno in remaining oil until tender, scraping up any browned bits.
  • Add the tomatoes, broth, wine, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, rosemary, cumin and bay leaves. Add lamb. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 1 hour. Rearrange shanks so the top ones are on the bottom. Simmer 1 hour longer. Meanwhile, combine the glaze ingredients.
  • Transfer shanks to a foil-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Brush with some of the glaze. Bake at 400° for 5 minutes. Turn and brush with glaze; bake 5 minutes longer.
  • Meanwhile, skim and discard any fat from the cooking juices. Discard bay leaves. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 5 minutes to reduce slightly. Serve with shanks.

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