Slow cooker Shredded American Lamb Sliders with Pepper Relish


June 16, 2022

Recipe provided by Welcome to the Curious Plate! - The Curious Plate, courtesy of the American Lamb Board (Slow Cooker Shredded American Lamb Sliders with Pepper Relish | American Lamb).

  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 8 hrs


3 lbs Boneless American lamb shoulder

1 cup Yellow onion, sliced

4 Garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp Red pepper flakes

1/4 cup Red wine

2 cups Chicken stock

Salt & pepper, to taste

1 cup Sweet onion, sliced

2 tbsp Unsalted butter

1 Medium red bell pepper, diced

1/4 cup Fresh cilantro, chopped

2 tbsp Fresh lime juice

12 Brioche slider buns


1Place your lamb shoulder on a baking sheet. Allow it to sit at room temperature for at least an hour.

2Preheat a large skillet to medium high heat. Season your lamb shoulder with salt and pepper. Sear the lamb on both sides until slightly golden brown for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, add the sliced yellow onion to the bottom of your slow cooker.

3Place the lamb shoulder on top of the onions. Next, deglaze the skillet with red wine and pour the drippings from the skillet over the lamb. Pour the chicken stock into the slow cooker. Cook the lamb on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours. To ensure the lamb shoulder is cooked you can check the internal temperature and it should be a minimum of 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, let the lamb shoulder rest for three minute rest prior to shredding.

4Meanwhile, prepare the relish. In a saucepan preheated to medium heat, melt the butter. Add the sweet onion and granulated sugar. Stir to combine and continue to cook for about 10 to 15 minutes until nice and golden brown.

5Once cooked, remove the saucepan from the heat and add in the red bell pepper, cilantro, lime juice, salt, and pepper. Set aside.

6To serve, remove the lamb shoulder from the slow cooker and shred with a fork. Place some of the shredded lamb on a slider bun bottom. Top the lamb with relish and top with remaining bun. Repeat the process and enjoy!