Smoked Lamb Bones

Just like a ham hone, smoked lamb bones are a great way to add rich flavor to a pan of beans or rich soup stock. If you make your own stock or bone broth at home, you have to try making your own smoked lamb or goat bones! Read on and I’ll explain how to do it.

Smoked lamb and goat bones
Various cured, smoked lamb bones.

Every year during butchery season I make a few batches of bacon cure to make lamb bacon and/or venison bacon. Inevitably I end up having some of the cure left over and try to find some creative uses for it. One day after harvesting and butchering lamb on the farm, I had lots of bones and bacon cure left over, so I started smoking them.

Rubbing lamb bones with bacon cure
Rubbing bones with bacon cure. You could use any seasoning you like, such as your favorite dry-rub, or just salt and pepper.

If you like the flavor of bacon (who doesn’t) you’ll love smoked lamb bones. But, if curing the bones sounds like too much work, you can always just season them with salt and pepper and your favorite herbs and smoke them without curing first.

The first few times I made these, I used my lamb bacon cure since I was trying to use it up. Know that using the bacon cure will add a bit of sweetness to the broth, which you may or may not want depending on how you’d like to use the finished broth. It’s just fine to season the bones with only salt and pepper and then smoke them too-be creative and see what you can come up with.

Smoked lamb and goat bone broth
Smoked bones make delicious bone broth.

How to use smoked lamb bones

Your smoked bones are a sort of concentrate, a seasoning if you will, that you can add to anything that’s liquid or needs to simmer. Here’s a few ideas.

  • Tuck a bone into a pot of chili as it cooks for a subtle smokey flavor.
  • Make smoked lamb bone broth for drinking and cooking (recipe below).
  • Add a bone to your favorite soup for a great smoky flavor, especially cold-weather soups like split pea and ham, and bean soups.
  • Adding just one bone to ANY soup will give it a great smoky depth: chicken noodle soup, tomato soup, nettle soup, minestrone or your favorite vegetable soup-anywhere you’d like a little extra flavor.
  • For a quick, cheap, cooking stock, use a bone or two, and lots of carrot, onion and celery. Think of it like making vegetable broth scented with meat.
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Shepherd Song sells assorted bones perfect for making stock and broth.

Chef Alan Bergo
Chef Alan Bergo, The Forager Chef



This recipe is by Chef Alan Bergo, the Forager Chef. A chef from Minnesota, Alan is a culinary industry veteran, former executive chef of acclaimed Lucia’s Restaurant, and the Salt Cellar. Author of The Forager Chef’s Book of Flora, he’s one of the most respected voices in the world of foraging and wild food. He’s best known as the founder of Forager Chef, his website focused on wild ingredients that reaches millions of readers each year. Learn more about Chef Alan and his hunt for mushrooms, wild and obscure foods at 

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Lamb or goat bone broth recipe
Use the smoked bones to make lamb bone broth.

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Smoked Lamb or Goat Bones

Smoked lamb or goat bones for making stock and adding flavor to soups and stews.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time2 hours
Course: Charcuterie
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Goat bones, Lamb bones


  • 3 lbs Lamb or goat bones-whatever you have
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • Other seasonings, your choice your favorite dry rub (decrease the salt if it's seasoned) a few sprinkles of dried herbs or whatever you have on hand. Or just salt and pepper.


  • Season the bones with salt and pepper all over. You can also season the bones with your favorite dry rub. Be creative.
  • Allow the bones to rest overnight in the fridge (optional).
  • Smoke the bones at 250 for 2-3 hours, or until they're dark and burnished looking. Cool the bones, then put into a freezer bag and freeze. Remove the bones a few at a time as needed. Kept in the freezer they'll last for months.