Beef Shanks are also called soup bones at times. These require a slow and low, braising cooking technique to achieve a fork-tender eating experience. These cuts are often used to prepare Osso Buco an Italian dish which includes vegetables, tomato and a white wine sauce. It is typically served with a gremolata and polenta.
These are sold by the pound. If you are planning to make Occo Buco, 2-3 pounds will be just the right amount.