How Do I Prepare Beef Chuck Shin?

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How Do I Prepare Beef Chuck Shin?
Most beef shin is ground, but it can also be slow-cooked as a main course. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Among experienced cooks, it's well known that the toughest cuts of meat are generally the most flavourful, because they are dense and have a lot of connective tissues. Beef shin, or shank as it's also known, is a perfect example of that principle. A piece of grilled shin would be inedibly tough, but when slow-cooked it becomes lusciously rich and tender.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Slow cooker
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 rib celery, diced
  • 2 to 3lbs beef shin, whole or cut into rounds
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 to 4 cups red wine and/or beef broth
  • Salt and pepper
  • Serving platter
  • Aluminium foil
  • Strainer
  • Spoon
  • Saucepan
  • Cornstarch (optional)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Preheat the slow cooker on its high setting.

  2. 2

    Place the onion, carrot and celery in the bottom of the slow cooker, to make a pad for the beef to rest on. Place the piece or pieces of shin on the vegetables, and add the rest of the flavourings.

  3. 3

    Pour enough red wine or beef broth into the cooker to submerge at least 2/3 of the shin. Cover and cook on high for approximately 45 minutes, until the cooker is steaming and aromatic. Do not let the cooking juices boil.

  4. 4

    Reduce the heat to low, and cook until the shin is fork-tender. This will take six to eight hours for a single large piece of shin, or four to six hours for inch-thick slices.

  5. 5

    Remove the meat to a serving platter and cover loosely with aluminium foil, to keep it warm. Strain the cooking juices and spoon the fat from the top. Use the juices to make a sauce, either by thickening with cornstarch or simply boiling them down until thick.

  6. 6

    Slice and serve the shin with your favourite side dishes, and the sauce you've made from the cooking juices.

Tips and warnings

  • Potatoes, carrots or other vegetables can be added to the slow-cooker, creating an easy one-pot meal.
  • If you do not have a slow cooker, or if it is too small to fit the beef shin, use the smallest roasting pan or Dutch oven that will fit the meat. Bring it to a simmer on the hob, then finish in your oven at 121 degrees Celsius until fork-tender.

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