chef Aaron Brooks Aussie lamb shanks cooked with chipotle and spices

  • Prep time 10Min
  • Cook time 2Hr, 30Min
  • Technique Grill
  • Meat Lamb
  • Cut Shank
  • Serves 4

Aussie lamb shanks cooked with chipotle and spices


Juice of 1 orange juice of 1 lime
1 canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
4 cloves garlic
1 large tomato
½ teaspoon Achiote paste
Pinch ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
½ teaspoon cumin seeds, toasted and ground
4 pieces cloves, toasted and ground
6 pieces allspice, toasted and ground
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 Australian lamb shanks
Salt and black pepper


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. In a blender or food processor, puree the juices, chipotle, sugar, garlic, tomato, Achiote, cinnamon, oregano, cumin, cloves, and allspice. Season the lamb with salt and pepper. Heat the oil on medium-high heat in a cast-iron or ovenproof pot. Sear the shanks on both sides. Pour the pureed sauce over the lamb. Cover and cook the lamb for 2 ½ hours, or until the meat falls from the bone.