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smoked and braised pork shank on black beans on white plate with tortillas and pot

Smoked and Braised Pork Shanks with Green Chile Sauce

Braised pork shank tastes even more delectable if you smoke it. These shanks are served with a green chile sauce and smashed black beans.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 45 minutes
Servings 6


  • 3 lb pork shanks


  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp Hatch chile seasoning
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp granulated onion
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Braising Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup white onion diced
  • 1 jalapeno diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 oz canned diced green chiles
  • 20 ozs green enchilada sauce

Smashed Black Beans

  • 1 can whole black beans
  • 1 can refried black beans
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • cilantro
  • lime
  • tortillas


  • Combine the spices. Reserve one tablespoon for later. Rub remaining seasoning onto shanks. Let rest at room temperature while you heat the grill.
  • Heat the grill to 275F degrees with indirect heat. Smoke the shanks for 1 1/2 hours to an internal temperature of 200F.
  • In a large pot, heat the vegetable oil. Add the onion, jalapeno and garlic, and sauté, until tender.
  • Add the canned green chiles, enchilada sauce and reserved tablespoon of rub. Stir to combine.
  • Add the smoked pork shanks to the pot. Spoon some of the sauce on the top.
  • Cover and continue cooking in a 275-degree smoker or in the oven for 2 hours, until the pork is fork tender.

Smashed Black Beans

  • In a small pot, combine the two types of black beans and salt. Heat over medium low heat, smashing as you stir.

To Serve

  • Spoon black beans onto a plate. Top with a braised pork shank. Spoon on some of the green chile sauce.
  • Garnish with cilantro and lime wedges. Serve with tortillas.


Calories: 549.77kcalCarbohydrates: 44.92gProtein: 59.44gFat: 13.82gSaturated Fat: 6.47gCholesterol: 149.69mgSodium: 2521.67mgPotassium: 1042.46mgFiber: 9.43gSugar: 10.35gVitamin A: 968.91IUVitamin C: 20.26mgCalcium: 106.13mgIron: 5.09mg
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