Cheapest source for pork shanks?
I live 15 miles from Smithfield, VA where I bet they throw these things away, but I still can't find a fresh shank for Osso Buco type recipes in any brick and mortar store. I bought some from a local chef recently and may go back to him, but was wondering about other sources.
I can't speak directly to pork shanks but I do see many unusual cuts of pork and other meats at the Korean grocery store where I shop and they are always well priced. You might look to see if there is an Asian foods market with a butcher near you. I'd just call them and ask if they have shanks.
I think that part of the pig is usually split between the shank end of a ham or picnic ham (front leg), and the hock. A lot of hocks are turned into ham hocks, but it shouldn't be too hard to find fresh (or frozen) ones. As a butcher if he has pork hocks (as opposed to ham hocks), and if he will cut it into slices for you.