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October 1, 2018

Slow Cooked Beer Braised American Lamb Shoulder


Recipe Provided By
"Foodness Gracious"
Prep Time

30 min

Cook Time

3 hrs 30 min

Total Time

4 hrs



Slow Cooked Beer Braised American Lamb Shoulder on counter in a serving dish a 2 beers


  • 2-1/2 to 3 pounds boneless American Lamb shoulder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 shallot, diced
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary, chopped
  • 1 pinch salt and black pepper
  • 1 cup IPA beer
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 3 to 4 sprigs thyme
  • 3 to 4 rainbow carrots peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups beef broth


In a large pan, heat oil. Add garlic and shallot; cook for a few minutes. 

Rub lamb with rosemary, salt, and pepper. Add American lamb to the pan; sear on each side until brown, turning often. 

Transfer lamb, garlic, and shallot to a large casserole dish or oven-safe Dutch oven. Add beer, broth, thyme, and carrots to the lamb. Place in the oven covered with a lid or foil; cook at 325 degrees F for 2 hours, turning lamb once or twice. Remove the lid; cook for another hour. Increase temperature to 400 degrees F; continue to cook lamb until fork tender. 

Once lamb is done, transfer to a plate and cover loosely with foil. Skim all fat from the casserole dish; discard along with carrots and thyme sprigs. Transfer the remaining liquid to a pan; add flour. Whisk flour into liquid; gradually add broth until simmering and gravy has become thinner. Pass the gravy through a sieve; transfer to a gravy dish. 

Shred lamb into chunks; serve with potatoes and gravy on the side.

NOTE: Depending on the size of your lamb, cooking time may vary.

USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters

Ground Lamb

Internal temperature of 160°F

All Other Cuts

Internal temperature of 145°F, with a 3 minute rest

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