Chef Claudette Wilkins, El Jardin Aussie lamb barbacoa

  • Prep time 30Min
  • Cook time 3Hr
  • Technique Grill
  • Meat Lamb
  • Cut Shank
  • Serves 4

Check out this recipe for Aussie lamb shank barbacoa, straight from Top Chef's Claudette Wilkin's kitchen at El Jardin in San Diego.


  • 1 case Aussie lamb shanks 
  • 3 each maguey leaves 
  • 3 each pineapple 
  • 10 each avocado leaves 
  • 3 each hoja santa 
  • 0.5 quart lard 

For the adobo: 

  • 12 each morita chile 
  • 28 each ancho chile 
  • 20 each avocado leaves 
  • 4 teaspoons all spice berries 
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon 
  • 6.5 oz sugar 
  • 6.5 oz white vinegar 


To prep: Char maguey leaves over grill, place leaves on sheet pan and line up lamb shanks to fill pan. Place pineapple and avocado leaves above shanks and wrap maguey leaves around them. 

To cook: Smoke for three hours. 

For the adobo: In a saucepan, boil water and soak the chiles and avocado leaves. Blend with the rest of the adobo ingredients, strain with chinois.