Dutch Oven Pork Shank

Dutch Oven Pork Shank

In Germany, pork shanks cooked in a Dutch oven are renowned for their popularity and it's not hard to see why. This dish is a delightful combination of flavor, succulence, and affordability, making it a favorite among many. To prepare this mouthwatering delicacy, all you need is a high-quality Dutch oven.

Let me show you what this recipe is all about.

You can find the full instructional video at the end of this page.


  • 2,5 kg / 5.5 lbs pork shank

  • PitmasterX's Classic BBQ rub
  • 40 bacon strips

  • 12 white onion

  • 1 yellow bell pepper

  • 1 red bell pepper

  • 700 grams / 3 cups BBQ sauce


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How to

  1. Layer the cast iron Dutch oven completely with bacon, both on the edge and the bottom.
  2. Slice a net of onions into rings and cover the bottom of the Dutch oven with onion rings.
  3. Slice 2 bell peppers into strips and place them on top of the onion. 
  4. Season all the pork shanks with PitmasterX's Classic BBQ rub
  5. Arrange the shanks upright in the Dutch oven.
  6. Pour the BBQ sauce over the shanks to keep them moist and prevent drying.
  7. Fold the bacon strips toward the center.
  8. Preheat the BBQ with high heat.
  9. Let the Dutch oven come to a high temperature in about 45 minutes and then lower the heat.
  10. Simmer for 2 hours and check for tender, almost fall-off-the-bone texture (reaching 90°C or 194°F).
  11. Serve the shanks separately on a plate, topped with some of the bacon, onion and bell pepper.

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