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Smoked Osso Buco

Elevate your barbecue skills with this Smoked Osso Buco. The melt-in-your-mouth beef is smoked to perfection and braised in tomatoes, olives and red wine.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword beef, osso buco, smoked
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 238 kcal
Author Christie Vanover


  • 2 large Certified Angus Beef® brand beef shanks
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp granulated onion
  • 1 tsp ground thyme
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 stalks celery chopped
  • 1/2 cup sweet onion chopped
  • 2 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1/3 cup kalamata olives chopped
  • 2 cups tomatoes diced
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme


  1. Heat the smoker to 275F degrees with hickory and/or cherry wood.

  2. Season the beef shanks on all sides with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and ground thyme. 

  3. Place on the smoker over indirect heat and smoke with the lid closed for 2 1/2 hours. 

  4. Place a large cast iron pot on the stove over medium heat. Heat the oil. Add the onions, celery, carrots and garlic and sauté, until tender. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Place the beef shanks in the pot.

  5. Increase the smoker heat to 300F degrees. Place the pot on the smoker. Cover with a lid. continue cooking for 2 hours.

  6. Using two forks, shred the beef, removing the gristle, fat and bones. Mix with the sauce, and serve over parmesan grits, polenta or pasta. 

Nutrition Facts
Smoked Osso Buco
Amount Per Serving
Calories 238 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 1425mg62%
Potassium 916mg26%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 4350IU87%
Vitamin C 16.3mg20%
Calcium 61mg6%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.