Not sure about grilling a leg of lamb on the BBQ? Read this!
Bone-in or boneless, butterflied or boned and rolled, a leg of lamb is a wonderfully rich piece of meat that makes not only a great Easter Sunday dinner, but also and incredible family BBQ!
If you are not sure abut grilling a leg of lamb, here are some tips:
1. Don’t be afraid of trying new seasoning’s & dry rubs
While marinades are great and mint sauce is the perfect accompaniment for a lamb roast, when the subject is grass-fed Irish Lamb on BBQ, I love a rich, fresh herb rub, with a good hint of spice on my meat… and when it comes to seasoning, the sky is the limit so use your imagination, the ingredients in your cupboard or dig into your herb garden, and have fun!
I love to use a thick garlic and Himalayan salt homemade paste combined with fresh rosemary, red chillies, thyme and mint, all crushed together in a pestle and mortar – and go heavy on the rub, as, specially if you are grilling a whole leg of lamb, the crust is only a small part of the bite… and we know you are all about the flavour!
2. Control your temperature
Lamb is a meat that really shines when it is cooked to medium rare, around 55C!
In order to avoid over cooking, use a grill thermometer with a remote probe, this keeps the BBQ lid down while still maintaining an ever critical eye over the grilling process. Keep the grill at medium heat, around 200 degrees.
3. Bone in, Boned and Rolled or Butterflied?
As a butcher (and, of course, a meat lover), I love to grill all my meats bone-in… there is just so much more flavour to it… not to mention the overall visual appeal of a whole leg of lamb on the grill, with the meat falling off the bone. It’s an epic moment and makes my barbecue!
But of course, while the bone looks great, it makes carving a little more difficult so if the idea is a quicker BBQ or to go from grill to plate in seconds, boneless is the way to go.
Now it’s up to you… call in the shop, take a leg home and let us know what you think! And don’t forget to share your photos and tag us!