Set up the Weber Go-Anywhere for indirect smoking with a drip pan on one side under the deflector plate slot and 7 or so lit coals in the opposite corner with a bunch of unlit coals.
Purchase the BBQube deflector plate here It makes the small Weber Go-Anywhere into a perfectly capable charcoal sipping machine. This whole cook might have used 25-30 briquettes and there were plenty left over to go longer!
A simple rub of black pepper, salt, garlic powder.
Place a cup of beef broth, sliced up red bell pepper, sliced up half onion, and pepperoni rings in the drip pan
Goal is smoking the beef shanks for about an hour and a half between 250-275 to get color and smoke.
Wrapped the deflector plate in foil for easy clean up.
Placed beef shanks over the side of the grill that has the slot for the drip pan and the remote temp probe in the middle of the grill.
After an hour and a half at 250 the shanks had the color I wanted and were probing internal temps of 150 degrees F. Pulled out the drip pan and placed the beef shanks with the beef stock and veggies in it and wrapped in foil to braise for another hour and a half.
After an hour and a half braising all of the hard connective tissues and sinewy renders down into delicious tender fat for flavor and the bone marrow renders into the beef stock as well creating an intense beefy deliciousness.
Picked up two lamb Shanks at East Gloucester Stop and Shop.
Trimmed the silverskin and rubbed with EVOO, coarse salt, pepper, minced garlic, rosemary and thyme overnight in the fridge.
Setup the grill for indirect smoking using the deflector plate. See video at the top for commentary.
In the video I planned to light five briquettes in a chimney and add them to the unlit coals on the opposite side of the grill from the drip pan. What I ended up doing instead was lightning a Weber starter cube in the corner instead. Within 20 minutes I had 200 degree temps and closed the back vent and left the front vent had open. I also closed the top vent over the coals and left the top vent over the lamb open.
Then placed the Shanks on the grill with the meaty part facing away from the lit coals.
After an hour and a half they had the color I wanted.
I took the Shanks off, put them in the drip tray with the juices they lost and added some beef broth and Blueberry balsamic glaze to the tray and double wrapped it in foil to braise.
Back on the grill they will go at 275 for an hour and a half or so.
When unwrapping the smell that wafted out of that foil was incredible. Placed the shanks on the cutting board and started ripping off globules of lamb love and dipping in some homemade tzaziki.