BBQ American Lamb Shanks


June 20, 2022

Recipe provided by BBQ Lamb Shanks - Easy Baked & Grilled BBQ Lamb Shank Recipe (, courtesy of the American Lamb Board (BBQ American Lamb Shanks | American Lamb).

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 4 hrs


4 American lamb shanks

3 tbsp Brown sugar

1 tbsp Paprika

1 tbsp Smoked paprika

1 1/2 tbsp Cumin

1 tbsp Ground mustard

1 tbsp Onion powder

1 tbsp Garlic powder

1 tsp Kosher salt

1/2 cup BBQ sauce (optional)


1Preheat oven to 275°F and line a heavy duty baking sheet with aluminum foil. Mix together spices in a bowl.

2Place the lamb shanks on the baking sheet and rub the spice mixture all over, coating the entire surface of each shank. Tightly cover the lamb shanks with another sheet of aluminum foil and bake in the oven for 3.5-4 hours until fork tender. Meat should easily pull away from the bone.

3Preheat outdoor grill on high. If desired, brush the lamb shanks with BBQ sauce (you can leave them dry if preferred) then place on the heated grill. Grill for 3-5 minutes per side brushing with additional BBQ sauce after flipping. (*see note)

4Remove from grill and let rest a few minutes before serving.

Note: *Watch carefully to ensure shanks don't catch on fire while grilling as can happen when the fat from the shanks drips down the grill grates onto the flame.