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Phrasty 01-11-2011 12:24 AM

•Simple Garlic & Rosemary Rustic Leg of Lamb. (pic heavy)
Hey Brethren! I've been asked to do a Leg of Lamb for a dinner tomorrow so I thought I'd share how I do lamb with you guys.

Whenever I think of lamb I think of these 5 ingredients:
chilli pepper (here I've used a scotch bonnet)
These 5 ingredients are ALL you need for lamb, no matter the cut.

I decided to take it a bit further tonight and threw in a bit of fresh mint and some of my beef rub with added chipotle seasoning to give the lamb a bit more depth.

I diced up the garlic, rosemary, mint and the scotchie and threw it all in the mortar & pestle along with the oil & dry ingredients and ground everything together and let it sit to make the flavors all get friendly. :thumb:

I took the whole Australian leg of lamb, rinsed it off and took my boning knife and pierced it all over to allow the marinade to penetrate, then rubbed it down thoroughly with the garlic/rosemary paste 'til it was covered good and proper. It was then wrapped in plastic wrap and vacu-packed to sit overnight to be cooked tomorrow.

So thats how I do lamb & I feel this is how lamb was meant to be done!!! 5 simple ingredients and you have lamb as good as it gets! Dont get me wrong, there are many ways to do lamb. But when you talk about simplicity vs taste, I find this recipe hard to beat! Now on to the pics


Garlic, rosemary, mint, scotch bonnet, good olive oil & chipotle beef rub:

Leg of lamb:

All rubbed up:

Plastic wrapped, vacu-packed and ready for the fridge:

Ill post the cooking process tomorrow when that goes down. Stay tuned.


Pyle's BBQ 01-11-2011 12:29 AM

Looks great. I wish I knew more people that liked lamb. I would cook it more often.

SmokinAussie 01-11-2011 12:35 AM

Ready and Waiting.

Phrasty, THAT leg of Lamb is really, serious "to die for" export quality dude.

I cannot wait to see this!

Phrasty 01-11-2011 01:05 AM


Originally Posted by SmokinAussie (Post 1509026)
Ready and Waiting.

Phrasty, THAT leg of Lamb is really, serious "to die for" export quality dude.

I cannot wait to see this!

:thumb: Thanks Bill! For sure... this really is great stuff!


Phubar 01-11-2011 02:28 AM

I'm glad you didn't showed the Phinished product!
Great lookin paste Brother Ph.!

swamprb 01-11-2011 05:41 AM

Looks good, but curious as to why you left the silver skin on? Is that what makes it rustic?

Don't get me wrong, because I'm learning to love Lamb, and we just cooked about 40 Lamb ribs or as they are called here the "Denver Plate" cuts. And we cooked them low and slow, hot and fast, rotissed, trimmed of the fat layer, untrimmed and any way inbetween and the sliver skin is the death knell for me.

Looking forward to the cook process, slicing and plating!

Hawg Father of Seoul 01-11-2011 06:11 AM

If you removed all of the silver skin from that leg.... you would be old when you were done.

Arlin_MacRae 01-11-2011 08:57 AM

Looking good, Phrasty! I wish I could walk over and get a bite of the finished product. I can't imagine what the scotch bonnet is going to do for that leg. YUM.


thomasjurisd 01-11-2011 09:36 AM

Oh my goodness. My wife loves Lamb. I can't wait to see what you do with that bad boy...

Wrench_H 01-11-2011 09:45 AM

Looks good so far Phrasty. I can't wait to see the cook.

bigabyte 01-11-2011 10:33 AM

This should be mighty good!:cool:

JD McGee 01-11-2011 10:38 AM

Lookin` good!

Buster Dog BBQ 01-11-2011 10:46 AM

The more I have lamb the more I like it. Thanks for posting.

Big George's BBQ 01-11-2011 11:05 AM

Looks Great Looking forward to the finished results

Phrasty 01-11-2011 11:53 PM

Lamb Cooking post
Hey Everyone, So I finished up the lamb today and it got rave reviews. :icon_blush::thumb:. It was requested I do the lamb to medium doneness. Temps were at 153˚ in the thickest section when I took it off the fire to get a small section a tad under medium which I think it perfect. I smoked it with some almond for the first hour to not overwhelm the lamb flavor with too much smoke (I do not recommend smoking lamb heavily, although that could be a personal preference). All in all the leg cooked indirect for about 3.5 hours at 275-300. Took it over to the venue sliced it up and plated it. I was fighting the urge to clean up and "dispose" of the bones for them. :twisted:. I resisted!:shock::shocked::crazy: lol OK on to the lamb pics:

Lamb just on the smoker:

45 mins in:

2 hours in:

Off the smoker:

All carved up & plated:


I also smoked 2 sides of salmon along with the lamb. They were seasoned with my salmon rub, which is:

kosher salt
brown sugar
my pork rub (Which I'm calling "Hog Dirt")
lemon pepper
and a very little curing salt (like 1/4 of what you would normally use).

They sat for about 12 hours in the fridge then I washed them off, patted them dry, sprinkled on some coarse red and black peppercorns and stuck them back in the fridge to dry the surface. I put them on the smoker @ 255 & smoked them with lychee until the temp reached 135. I'm sorry I didn't get any pics of this plated up but I just broke it up into nice big chunks and served with a home-made mustard-dill sauce! It was out of this world good!
AAAAAND on to the pics:


Seasoned up:

Vacu-packed and headed for the fridge:

Rinsed off, dried and coated with cracked pepper:

All done and coming off

It was all amazing! The host and party was very pleased to say the least. So there it is, That's how I do lamb & if any of you want a easy way to nail lamb... I urge you to try this...:thumb::becky:

Thanks for looking!


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