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Braised Pork Shanks

January 24, 2023 • 0 comments

Braised Pork Shanks
Pork shanks slow-braised in flavorful bone broth with veggies, herbs and spices. This unique spice blend adds complex earthy flavors. Delicious, tender, juicy and falling right off the bone!
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  • Servings: 4



  1. In a large mixing bowl, add coffee or chaga, chili powder, brown sugar, paprika, cumin, red pepper flakes, and 1 Tbsp of sea salt. Mix well. Press or rub the pork shanks thoroughly with the spice mixture covering all sides. (see below for photo and ingredients).
  2. Add 1 Tbsp butter to a skillet on low heat. Add onions and carrots. Cook until onions have started to soften and turn translucent, 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and cook 1-2 more minutes stirring constantly.  
  4. Transfer veggies to the crock-pot. Add bone broth, red wine, bay leaves, rosemary, sage, 1/2 tsp salt and pork shanks. 
  5. Cook on the low setting for 8-10 hours, turning the shanks every hour or so, until fall apart tender.
  6. Remove shanks to a cutting board and pull the meat from the bone. Serve with braising liquid over the top.

Spice Rub Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp finely ground dark-roast coffee
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp dark brown sugar, tightly packed
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes


  • Chaga mushroom powder makes a great substitute for ground coffee (Spice Rub).
  • Pork shanks can be seared on each side (2mins) in butter or ghee after seasoned and before adding to crock-pot (optional).
  • Be sure to use the low setting on the crock-pot. High heat can cause the meat to toughen.
  • Serve over mashed potatoes, polenta or grits to soak up all the juices. 
  • Pork shank meat also makes great filling for tacos. 

*There may be leftover spice rub. Pork shanks vary in size and some will be close to 2lbs each. The spice rub is enough for approx 4lbs.

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