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Eisbein (Smoked Pork Shank)


Recipe Info

  • Servings : 4
  • Prep Time : 1:30 h
  • Cook Time : 20m
  • Ready In : 1:50 h

Smoked Pork Shank (Eisbein) is a pork cut of German origin, and refers to the shank section, which can be fresh, but is usually pickled and smoked. Serve one shank per person.


  • 4 shanks of pork, cured and smoked
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 carrot, roughly chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Water


Step 1

Place the pork shanks into a large pot, add the rest of the ingredients and put in enough water to fully cover the pork shanks.

Step 2

Bring it to the boil and then reduce heat and allow it to simmer for about 11⁄2 hours.

Step 3

The meat will be tender and the skins soft. Remove them from the pot and pat dry with a cloth, score the skin diagonally with a sharp knife and salt the skin well.

Step 4

Place under a hot grill allowing the skin to crispen. Keep an eye on them and turn to crispen the entire outside.

Step 5

Best served with mashed potatoes, braised red cabbage, apple sauce and wholegrain mustard.

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