California Lamb Recipe for Wood Grilled Lamb & Asparagus

American Lamb

Wood Grilled Lamb & Asparagus

Recipe provided by American Lamb Board courtesy of Rustic Joyful Food.

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The Lamb Prep

Prep the lamb by removing any butcher’s twine and slicing through the thickest parts of the leg to make one uniform cut. You can ask your butcher to do this for you if you’d like. The night before you plan to grill, combine lamb, yogurt, garlic, chili flakes and pepper in a gallon-sized freezer bag. We don’t salt the lamb until it’s time to grill. Marinate the lamb in the refrigerator overnight.

The Lamb Grilling

When it’s time to grill, heat your grill/smoker to 350°F. Place the lamb in the center rack and season with salt. Depending on the thickness of your cut, grill 7-9 minutes per side for medium. Once you flip the meat, add asparagus to the grill and cook alongside the meat while it finishes. Remove meat and asparagus at the same time. Dress asparagus with pesto and season with salt after cooking.

While the lamb cooks, prepare your sauces.

The Sauces

In the work bowl of your food processor, combine all herbed yogurt ingredients and pulse until chopped and smooth. Spoon yogurt into a dish. Give the mixer a quick rinse and prepare the pesto in the same way. Place all ingredients into the food processor, pulse several times, and taste for seasoning. These sauces can be done in advance, but they get better as time goes on. Both sauces last 3-4 days in the refrigerator. To serve, slice the lamb against the grain and serve with sauce and asparagus.

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  • 2 pounds boneless leg of lamb
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Pinch of red chili flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup plain Greek-style yogurt
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 green onions
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove
  • The juice of a lemon
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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