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Slow-Cooked Beer-Braised Lamb Shoulder

Prep Time:
30 mins.
Cook Time:
3 1/2 hrs.


2.5-3 pounds boneless lamb shoulder
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1/2 shallot diced

1 pinch salt and black pepper
2 tablespoons rosemary, chopped
1 cup IPA beer
1/2 cup beef broth
3-4 sprigs thyme
3-4 rainbow carrots peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 cups beef broth


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Use an oven-safe Dutch oven or casserole dish to cook the lamb in.
  2. In a large enough pan to hold the lamb, heat the olive oil. Add the diced shallot and garlic and cook for a few minutes.
  3. Rub the lamb with the salt, pepper, and rosemary.
  4. Place the lamb in the pan and sear on each side until brown, turning often.
  5. Transfer the lamb, garlic and shallot to the casserole dish.
  6. Add the beer, broth, thyme, and carrots to the lamb. Place in the oven covered with a lid or foil and cook for 2 hours turning the lamb over once or twice.
  7. After 2 hours take the lid off and cook for another hour. Turn the temperature up to 400°F and continue to cook the lamb until it is fork tender and pulls apart easily. Once the lamb is done transfer it to a plate and cover loosely with foil.
  8. Skim all of the fat from the dish and discard along with the carrots and thyme sprigs.
  9. Transfer the remains to a pan and add flour. Whisk the flour into the liquid and gradually add the broth until simmering and the gravy has become thinner.
  10. Once the gravy is done pass it through a sieve and transfer to a gravy dish. Shred the lamb into chunks and serve with potatoes and gravy on the side.

Source: American Lamb Board