|September 18, 2020

Easy Slow-Cooked Lamb Barbacoa

By Jordan Pie
Reviewed for Scientific Accuracy

Easy Slow-Cooked Lamb Barbacoa

Recipe and images by Jordan Pie

If you have any lamb in your fridge or freezer, now’s a great time to defrost it and make this yummy lamb barbacoa recipe. Not only is it easy to make in the slow cooker or oven, it’s also incredibly delicious and packed with flavor. It also happens to be paleo-friendly. This tender lamb barbacoa makes delicious tortillas, lettuce wraps or burrito bowls. To turn this into a five-star meal, finish with a drizzle of Bulletproof Brain Octane C8 MCT Oil to accentuate the rich flavors and boost ketone production. Enjoy with a Spicy Collagen Margarita on the side.

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Easy Slow-Cooked Lamb Barbacoa


Start to Finish: 6.5 hours


  • 5 lamb shanks or 2 pounds lamb shoulder (room temperature)
  • 1 cup bone broth
  • 1 tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder or 4-5 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 - 2 tsp. chipotle powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ceylon cinnamon powder
  • A drizzle of Brain Octane C8 MCT Oil


  1. In a small mixing bowl, add all the spices and salt. Stir to combine.
  2. Add the lamb roast or shanks into your slow cooker or, if you're cooking in the oven, place it in an ovenproof dish. Evenly distribute the spice mix over the lamb. Make sure to get it into all of the crevices as best you can.
  3. Slow cooker: Pour the bone broth into the slow cooker and turn the heat to high. Cook for 5-6 hours. Oven: If you’re using the oven, pour the bone broth into the ovenproof dish and place into a preheated oven. Cook for 6 hours at 110°C or 230°F.
  4. When fully cooked, the lamb should shred easily with two forks. Shred the lamb and remove the bones (save them to make homemade bone broth).
  5. Optional, to serve as carnitas: Turn the oven up to 180°C or 350°F. If you’ve cooked the lamb in your slow cooker, add it to an ovenproof dish. Add the lamb into the oven to cook for a further 10-15 minutes, or until some of the lamb on top begins to go crispy.
  6. When it’s ready, serve the meat wrapped in lettuce, homemade tortillas or wraps with your favorite toppings. After plating, finish with a drizzle of Brain Octane C8 MCT Oil (optional, but recommended).

Makes: 6 servings

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