1. Rub spice mixture on shank and sear in Dutch oven for two to three minutes per side. (In this recipe I used one teaspoon as my full part; increase if making multiple shanks.) You want to use an oven-safe, heavy bottom pot here to ensure maximum tenderness. The steam created by the braise will work to tenderize the meat (much like a pressure cooker) and keep it from drying, so something with a tight-fitting lid is advised.
2. While the meat sears, make your braising liquid by combining all the ingredients.
3. Once brown on both sides, remove the shank and add the braising liquid, scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pot, and add the dried fruit, the remaining spice mixture and a sprig of fresh rosemary (if you have). Bring pot to a simmer and add the shank back to the pot. Cover and bake in a 300-degree oven for between two and a half hours to two hours and forty-five minutes.