October 8, 2019

Smoked American Lamb Irish Shoulder Stew


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Spoon full of Smoked American Lamb Irish Shoulder Stew


  • 2 pounds American Lamb shoulder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 4 large golden potatoes, cubed
  • 4 large carrots, sliced
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 1/4 cup green onions, chopped
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 2 12-ounce cans Irish stout beer
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon flour


Heat a smoker to 225°F. Hickory or pecan wood is recommended for subtle, smoky flavor. 

Cover lamb shoulder with oil; season with cumin, chili powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Place in smoker for indirect cooking for 3 hours or until temperature reaches 165°F internally. 

Remove lamb from smoker; prepare to wrap in foil. In the foil, pour one can of Irish stout to let the meat baste. Put back on smoker for 2 more hours or until an internal temperature of 195°F. When done, pull off smoker; let rest for 1 hour. After the meat has rested, shred lamb shoulder completely. 

Start a fire, creating a charcoal base. Once at a medium-high heat, place a Dutch oven on the fire or on a grill grate. Add butter, garlic and onion; let cook until they begin to brown. Add shredded lamb, potatoes, carrots, stock, peas, green onions, rosemary, second can of Irish stout, salt and pepper. Cover pot; simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour. 

In a bowl, add some water and the flour; mix thoroughly until it forms a paste. Stir into Dutch oven; cover and cook an additional 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Raw potatoes and carrots in a cast iron pot with herbs
Smoked American Lamb Irish Shoulder Stew

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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Visit our Lamb Cooking Time & Temperature page for recipe inspiration and tips on preparing the perfect lamb.


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