Braised Lamb in Red Wine, Slow Cooker; rats

This recipe used the last of the lamb we bought last summer.

The lamb is very good but the farmer we buy it from is not a butcher.

We get some interesting cuts.

The legs and shoulders are as expected but the rest is a mystery.

I have learned that the best way to eat the mystery cuts is to braise.

Braising in the slow cooker makes it easy.

The slow cooker is now in it’s summer home.

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Braised Lamb in Red Wine, Slow Cooker

‘Adding a bit of cocoa powder brings out the richness of the red wine sauce.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Lamb
  • Method: Slow Cooker


  • 16oz, 450gr lamb, cut into large pieces
  • 2 large shallots, cut in half the long way
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tbs tapioca
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 3/4 cup (6oz, 180ml) red wine
  • 1/4 cup (2oz,  60ml) beef broth
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder


  • Combine shallots, garlic, herbs, paprika, mustard, beef broth, and tapioca in the slow cooker.
  • Top with lamb.
  • Combine red wine and cocoa. Pour over the steaks.
  • Cover and cook, low heat, 6 hours.
  • Remove lamb, sauce to a platter and serve.


You can substitute 1 onion, vertically cut into wedges for the shallots. You can leave out the cocoa and / or substitute 2 tsp soy sauce.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 444
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 226.2 mg
  • Fat: 16.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.7 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11 g
  • Fiber: 2.1 g
  • Protein: 46.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 150 mg

Keywords: lamb, lamb red wine, slow cooker

Lamb Braised Red wine

I have never actually seen a Whack-A-Mole game in real life. My only experience is seeing them in silly situations on TV shows.

I am, however, now an expert at Bat-A-Rat.

I think it was last year or maybe earlier (pandemic time stands still) that we had a rat problem in the bird feeder.

We put the bird feeder on a railing on our deck, just outside the double doors. That makes it easy to take care of plus I can watch the birds from my desk.

I was pleased that there has been no sign of rats this year.

Until Monday.

I was working at my desk when I looked at the feeder.

There was something inside the feeder.

Birds don’t go inside.

It was a rat.

In the middle of the afternoon! They’re supposed to be nocturnal (I thought).

I went out to chase it away.

It gave me a cheeky grin and kept on eating.

I found a long wooden stick in the barn and threatened him with it.

He left.

He ran round the railing and headed towards the shutter by the door. I could peak behind and see him – his little paws hanging on to a bit of wood. I didn’t want to risk him running into the house so I left.

An hour later he was back in the bird feeder.

I was ready for him…..

I scared him out of the feeder and when he ran along the railing I smacked him with the stick.

He flew across the deck, landed and took off running.

We did that once more on Monday and 3 times on Tuesday.


I think he likes it.

Mon mari put a live trap on the railing today. We’ll see how he likes that….

4 thoughts on “Braised Lamb in Red Wine, Slow Cooker; rats”

  1. Ugh rats…so vile. My worst experience was the day of happy families and heading out to our big bbq on the deck. I lifted the lid to start cooking and a whopping rat was staring at me. I never bbqed again and left the bbq for my husband in our divorce settlement !!!!

    • lol. Luckily, for me, these seem to be 2 young ones. At the moment they’re running around the barn, avoiding the live traps we set. Smart, too

  2. I’m laughing! I know. I know. We don’t have rats here, only mice, though I’ve had domestic rats several times as pets. The dumbo rats especially are beyond adorable and they’re all extremely smart. They do make wonderful pets but I’m sure the feral ones are not fun to have around the house. I’ve relocated several mice over the years here and have mentioned that before so I hope if you manage to catch him that he likes his new home, far away from yours. They’re pretty adaptable.

    Have you tried the slow cooker setting on your instant pot? My daughter uses hers a lot for that and is seriously considering giving up her actual slow cooker and only having the one versatile thing taking up room. I have not tried mine. I have a large and small slow cooker and the instant pot still. Can’t seem to bring myself to give up the slow cookers yet.

    • We are only seeing 2 rats and they’re small, so I’, thinking they may be juveniles…. Still, the ARE rats….
      I haven’t tried using it as a slow cooker, although I did buy the lid for it. Maybe next winter. Slow cooking season is over at our house – although if the cold rain doesn’t quit I may reinstate it.

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