This might be my new favorite slow cooker recipe. Not only was it absurdly easy to make, or completely delicious and satisfying, but the leftover broth had more giggle than any batch I’ve made of bone broth to date. I was like a kid at a toy store when I took it out Sunday night to reheat for dinner. It was basically Jello. Oh JOY!

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The fact that I even made this dish was an accident. A friend of min was picking up a bunch of grass fed goodness from a local farm and I asked for bones for my broth. What came (labeled soup bones), were six meaty shanks. Certainly I was not about to use these simply for broth. These needed to be treated with some respect.  Respectful, slow, warm, loving in my slow cooker. Uh…that sounded gross but you get my drift. You probably have everything you need for this already in your pantry.  Those are my favorite recipes. The one’s that I don’t have to go buy some ingredient I’m never going to use again for. Onions? Check. Garlic? Duh. Beef? Please. You could probably substitute any shank in there, but the cooking time may vary.


Slow Cooker Beef Shanks

3-4 Beef Shanks (2″ cross cut), pat dry
2 medium onions, chopped
3 carrots, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
8 cloves garlic, smashed
A handful of springs of fresh thyme (yes, that’s a technical term)
*1 tbsp dried thyme if you can’t get fresh
3 tbsp coconut aminos
1 tsp fish sauce
2 bay leaves
14 oz can diced tomatoes
Lots of fresh cracked black pepper
1 cup water

1. Layer into the slow cooker: onions, carrots, and celery. Then toss in garlic cloves, thyme, aminos, fish sauce, and bay leaves.

2. Place your shanks on top of all of the veggies. Top them with the diced tomatoes and lots of pepper. Lastly, the water.


3. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours. They meat will be falling off of the bone but BE CAREFUL! Don’t lose that beautiful marrow gift in each shank when serving. I put mine over some parsnip puree.

4. Extra! If you have a lot of leftover broth/veggies like I did, store that shit! It mad for amazing soup a few days later and like I said, gelled up like woah!