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I've made osso bucco conventionally on the stove or dutch oven but smoked osso bucco is by far the best osso bucco recipe I'll share with you. What is Osso Bucco? It is a beef or veal shank cut (lower leg of cattle). An Italian styled, tomato based dish with vegetables, wine, garlic, and herb mixture. Here is how it went down:
THE PREP: I gave these each a rub down with a mustard binder. Pitboss Grills Chop House Steak Rub was the flavor profile I wanted, but was too course for this type of meat. I conveniently used Pepper Mates pepper grinder to grind this rub to the right consistency I wanted. What I love about this professional grinder is that for every 5 turns, yields 1/2 tsp, so you know exact measurements.
THE SMOKE: Setting my Louisiana Grills Black Label pellet grill to 225 degrees, placing them right on the grill rack and water pan below it, I let these smoked osso bucco pieces build some smoke for a couple of hours.
After about 2-3 hours and an internal temperature of 180 degrees I wrapped them in butcher paper. I used Pitboss Grills butcher paper. As my shanks were smoking I prepared the the vegetables.
THE GOODS (aka Ingredients):
Red Wine (Dry, 1/2 cup) Beef Broth (1 cup) Onion (1 medium diced) Carrot (1 medium, diced) Celery (2 stalks, chopped) Cauliflower (1/2 cup, chopped)
Garlic (4 cloves, minced) Italian Seasoning (1/2 Tbsp) Parsley (fresh, for garnishing)
Olive Oil (2 Tbsp)
THE COOK: Set your smoker to 350 degrees. You want a nice saute temperature as your going to do your vegetables first. Using a cast iron skillet, add olive oil, onion, carrots, celery, cauliflower and saute until cooked. Once the vegetables are almost cooked, add garlic, Italian seasoning, and parsley. Saute for a minute or until fragrant. Lastly add the red wine and beef broth. Unwrapping your smoked osso bucco, bury them into the sauce as they will now braise for another couple hours. Once braised, serve over your favorite rice or potatoes.
FACTS ABOUT OSSO BUCCO vs. OXTAIL | WHAT IS OSSO BUCCO
What Is Osso Bucco?
Osso bucco is usually a beef or veal shank. A shank a from the lower leg of cattle.
What does Osso Bucco Mean?
Osso Bucco means bone with a hole. As you see, beef or veal shanks have large bone with a hole that is full of bone marrow.
Can You Eat The Marrow of Osso Bucco?
YES! It is such a flavorful part of of osso bucco. You can scoop it out and eat it OR spread it on some nice fresh bread.
Is Beef Shank The Same As Oxtail?
NO! Oxtail is from the tail of any cattle. Oxtail is a delicacy of Jamaican cuisine. Beef or veal shank is from the lower leg of cattle. It is an Italian styled dish. While they sometimes look a like (especially if cut extremely lower on the leg) are not the same. Beef shanks have less cartilage than oxtail so you get much less gelatin texture.
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