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Beer Braised Lamb Gyros with Homemade Fries
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5 from 2 votes

Beer Braised Lamb Gyros

Infused with concentrated malty and robust beer flavors, these lamb gyros taste amazing! Go for homemade fries and tzatziki as sides. Pair with a boozier brew that will stand up to the hearty lamb.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Craft Beering

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs lamb leg or lamb shoulder
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 2 large celery ribs
  • 1 large carrot
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 beer 12 oz with deep, malty flavors ex. strong red ale, porter, stout, dunkel, bock
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • oregano mint, thyme - fresh herbs prefered, 2-3 small stems of each
  • salt & pepper to season meat
  • pita bread 4-6 pieces

Instructions

  • Peel and rough chop veggies. Leave peeled garlic cloves whole.
  • Wrap fresh herbs into a sachet using cheesecloth and tie well.
  • Heat oven to 275°F.
  • Season meat with salt and pepper and heat up a heavy pot with a lid over medium heat using 1 tbsp vegetable oil.
  • Sear the meat in the pot and remove once it has been browned on all sides.
  • Add the other 1 tbsp vegetable oil and reduce the heat slightly.
  • Add the veggies and garlic and cook until translucent, stirring every minute or so.
  • Add the tomato paste, stir well and after 1 minute, deglaze the pan with the beer.
  • Add the brown sugar.
  • Let the beer reduce by half to concentrate the flavors.
  • Add the seared meat and pour the beef and chicken stocks.
  • Cover the pot with the lid and place it inside the oven.
  • Let it cook until the meat is tender and can be pulled apart with a fork. This can take anywhere from 1 1/2 hrs to 2 1/2 hrs, depending on your oven and the size of the meat (cut in pieces or a single chunk).
  • Once the meat is tender, take the pot out of the oven and turn it off.
  • Remove the meat from the pot and pull it apart using forks, aim for olive sized pieces, do not over do it.
  • Lightly brush pita bread with olive oil and place inside the oven for a quick warm up.
  • Assemble gyros and garnish with your favorite ingredients (ex. crumbled feta cheese, diced fresh tomatoes, red onions, olives, mixed greens, tzatziki etc).