LAMB SHANKS, our favorite braising cut from 100% Heritage Tunis breed — 5lb total
Lamb Shanks 5lb total Tunis
Humanely raised on pasture
100% antibiotic free
Raised by Ben and Grace Machin Tamarack Sheep Farm, Vermont
Tunis lamb has tremendous marbling resulting in a more tender, exquisite and juicy meat
The shanks are an especially earthy cut, and incredibly delectable when roasted low and slow, or braised until the meat falls off the bone — and of course the bone itself provides a gorgeous depth of flavor and silkiness to soups and stews. We think the shanks are some of the most underrated cuts in the butcher’s case, and make for some of the most comforting and tasty meals imaginable.
Originally from Tunisia, Libya, and northern Egypt, the Tunis sheep breed has a history that spans three thousand years. The Tunis was an early import and flocks were owned by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, enjoyed for their texture and delicate flavor. Today there are fewer than 2,500 annual registrations of the Tunis sheep in the United States and estimated global population less than 10,000. Credit for saving the breed from extinction is given to Maynard Spigener of South Carolina who hid them on his land along the Congoree River during the Civil War.
Our Tunis first arrived to Corinth, Vermont in the 1920s thanks to Ben Machin’s grandfather. Ben and Grace now raise the flock on the beautiful pastures of Tamarack Sheep Farm. Lamb is a seasonal meat — ‘tis the season! All the cuts of the Tunis breed are available year round our website and delivered fresh to us in March.
We bring in whole lamb nose-to-tail. We love to grill the lamb chops and loin chops with olive oil, salt, and pepper. The Tunis leg is perhaps the best roasting cut in the livestock world – sear and then roast in a 400 degree oven for about an hour. The marbling of the Tunis makes for great braising experiences — our favorite braising cut is the lamb shanks. Ground lamb is delicious in any one of about 5 million recipes — there is almost no wrong way to cook with it!