Nothing beats lamb shanks in a Guinness gravy over mashed potatoes for a great St. Patrick's Day meal. My wife's birthday is St. Patrick's Day and so I have cooked this at least few times over the years.
Add your favourite wood for smoking to the smoker and cook lamb shanks uncovered for 1 hour. Any wood will work, oak and cherry are fantastic.
In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil and cook shallot, celery, carrots and garlic until the shallot is translucent. Add the Guiness or stout, the beef stock, tomato paste and Chinese 5 spice. Simmer for 10 minutes.
In a large pan add lamb shanks and gravy. Continue cooking for 1½ - 2 hours longer until internal temperature reaches 145° and desired tenderness
Serve over mashed potatoes
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