Last Easter I attempted to cook a leg of lamb and it was an epic failure. My first mistake was only buying 1/2 a leg. I learned the hard way there is not really a lot of meat on 1/2 a leg, most of it was bone. The whole thing was kinda puny looking, not the dramatic hunk meat I needed for a blog post, let alone feed four hungry people. It’s was definitely not one of my best outings. But I’m a man who learn from his mistakes, I’ve had a whole year to prepare for this year’s Easter Feast.
|Leg of Lamb on the Big Green Egg|
This year I started with a WHOLE leg of lamb, total weight was about 9lbs. (Be sure to have your butcher remove the H-bone) First, I removed all the fat and silver skin from the leg. Then I took my knife and scruffed it up, I made shallow cross cuts in the meat to give the rub and past something to stick too.
To season the leg, I started with a light coating of olive oil the a generous sprinkling of my Casa Seasoning. Then, I let the leg rest and allow some time for the salt in the rub to start penetrating the meat while I make the Dolly’s Lamb Paste. I found the recipe for the Dolly’s Paste on Meathead Goldwyn’s Amazingribs.com. This is a great paste, it really brings out all the great flavor of the lamb. I did tweak the recipe a little bit, I added a teaspoon of thyme. Meathead has the best BBQ & Grilling blogs on the internet. Whenever I need information about anything related to BBQ I check Amazingribs.com first.
Dolly’s Lamb Paste
|Dolly’s Lamb Paste|
the fire get smoking hot. I put the leg back on the Egg and seared each side. I kept flipping the leg every few minutes.
After each flip I brushed the hot side of the leg down with olive oil. During the sear the fat drips off the meat into the coals and really gets the flames going, so it doesn’t take long to get a good sear on the meat.
Alright, so my leg of lamb has been seasoned with a rub, then I applied the flavorful Dolly paste, it’s been smoked and seared you would think that would be enough? Nope. I’ve got one more trick up my sleeve to add even more flavor, board sauce. I first read about board sauces in Adam Perry Lang’s book Serious BBQ, and let me tell you, it’s a great idea. I started by chopping some cloves of garlic, fresh rosemary, thyme on my cutting board. After everything is thoroughly chopped I poured in 2-3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and a little bit of red wine vinegar. I worked it around the cutting board to get it all mixed together. I laid the leg of lamb down in the board sauce and started slicing it. As I sliced it the meat juices mixed the board sauce, I then dipped the sliced meat in the board sauce.
|Leg of Lamb with Board Sauce|
Do I really need to tell you how good this leg of lamb turned out? I’m sure you can tell by the pics it was pretty good. It phenomenal! The leg with the rub and Dolly paste was great, but the addition of the board sauce took it to another level. The fresh herbs in the sauce really brought out all the flavors in the lamb. It was such a good trick Cheryl said I have to make a board sauce with every meat I cook from now on. If you like leg of lamb give this recipe a try, and be sure to send me your pics if you do.