American lamb offers seasoned grill masters and weekend warriors alike the perfect opportunity to impress families and friends with a lean meat that delivers unbeatable flavor.
When you purchase American lamb and fire up the grill, you’re starting a journey that explores diverse flavors and culinary traditions. Grilled lamb’s tenderness, flavor profile and relatively quick cooking time make it a versatile and delicious option for outdoor grilling.
So what are you waiting for? Read these five key tips for grilling lamb, visit your local butcher and buy American lamb for your summer party.
The first step in grilling lamb is purchasing lamb! Your local butcher will be able to help you select the ideal cut based on your experience level and how much time/effort you want to put into cooking. Here are some quick guidelines:
Other basic tips for grilling lamb include:
If you’ve ever grilled for a group of people, you’re well aware that everyone has an opinion on the best way to grill. We could write thousands of words on the best way to grill American lamb, but we think it’s easier to watch professional chefs do it. Check out these three great videos of grilling American lamb.
Grilling is a global culinary experience dating back to ancient times when early humans started cooking over live fire. Through the millennia, grilled lamb gained popularity in many cuisines around the world, including:
By taking a global approach to grilling this summer, you can serve up centuries-old traditions and recipes centered around lamb, showcasing the unique flavors and cooking techniques specific to this meat.
Using a marinade for grilled lamb serves two purposes. First, it elevates the flavor of lamb. Second, the marinade can be used as a basting sauce during grilling, adding more flavor and moisture. Here are three common lamb marinades:
For optimal flavor, marinade the lamb overnight. If you’re in a pinch for time, marinade lamb before you fire up the grill and make sure to baste often.
Looking for intense flavors and a bit of a crust on your American lamb? A dry rub will check both boxes. Developing the perfect dry rub depends on where in the world you want your grilling experience to take you. For a simple rub, combine rosemary, thyme, oregano, garlic powder, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes. This dry rub is herbaceous with just a hint of garlic.
If you want to go global, we suggest a Moroccan spice rub that uses cumin, coriander, paprika, ginger, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper. If you’re a barbecue fan, we highly recommend a Texas-style dry rub. Here’s the recipe:
Whether you marinade or use a dry rub, American lamb is destined to be the star of your next summer party. Find the perfect recipe for your summer barbeque and start grilling!