Beer Braised Pork Shanks

  • Author: Chelsea
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 90 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Pork
  • Method: Slow Cook
  • Cuisine: American


This recipe for beer braised pork shanks can be made on the stove, Instant Pot, or slow cooker. This pork stew is easier (and tastier!) than you think.



2 tbsp finely ground dark-roast coffee

2 tbsp chili powder

2 tbsp dark brown sugar, tightly packed

1 tbsp smoked paprika

1 tbsp kosher salt

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp red pepper flakes

2 pork shanks

1 tbsp ghee (or other high smoke point fat)

1 red onion, diced

2 carrots, peeled and diced

5 cloves garlic, minced

1 12 oz dark beer (such as Oktoberfest or stout)

2 cups chicken stock

2 bay leaves

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp dried herb blend (I use Italian seasoning)


In a bowl, mix together coffee, chili powder, brown sugar, paprika, 1 tbsp salt, cumin, and red pepper flakes. Rub the pork shanks thoroughly with the spice mixture. You may have some left over, store it in an airtight container for future use.

In a large, heavy bottomed pot or dutch oven, melt ghee over medium high heat. Once melted, sear the pork shanks on all sides until deep brown. Remove to plate.

Reduce the heat to low and add onions, carrots, and garlic to the pot and cook until onions have started to soften.

Deglaze the dutch oven with beer. Stir and scrape any stuck on bits from the bottom to the pot until loosened.

If cooking in the Instant Pot or slow cooker, transfer liquid and veggies to that container. Add stock, bay leaves, salt, and dried herb blend to your vessel of choice and stir to combine. Return pork shanks to liquid.

If cooking in the Instant Pot, cook using the manual setting for 90 minutes and use a manual release when done. If cooking stove top, cook for 3-5 hours, turning the shanks every hour or so, until fall apart tender. If cooking in the slow cooker, cook for 8-10 hours, turning the shanks every hour or so, until fall apart tender.

To serve, remove shanks to a cutting board and pull the meat from the bone. Serve with braising liquid spooned over the top.


If you’d like, substitute any “smoky” seasoning for the seasoning blend in the recipe.

For more of a “gravy”, melt 1/4 cup butter in a skillet. Add 1/3 cup flour and cook for 3-5 minutes over low heat. Add the roux to braising liquid after removing the shanks and stir until liquid has thickened.

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