June 20, 2024

The 5 Best Smoked Lamb Recipes

June has arrived, and with it, the perfect opportunity to gather friends and family and fire up the smoker again. Whether you’re planning a quiet dinner or a big backyard party, these lamb dishes will impress your guests. Here’s a look at the top smoked lamb recipes that blend taste, technique, and visual drama to perfection. 

Don't forget to check out our June 2023 post for more great smoking tips and recipes!

Smoked Lamb Shoulder

The slow-cooked tenderness of smoked lamb shoulder is unmatched. Smoking this cut at a low temperature for several hours allows the flavors to develop deeply and the meat to become incredibly tender, making it a perfect dish for entertaining large groups. 

This recipe was created by Salt and Pepper Skillet. He said, “Pulled lamb that melts in your mouth. The slow-smoked shoulder shreds into tender, juicy strands like the best brisket or pork shoulder.” 

This recipe is perfect for an all-day backyard hang out as it takes just over 8 hours. 

Once smoked, lamb shoulder presents a succulent, fall-off-the-bone meal that’s both rustic and elegant.

Get the recipe here!


Smoked Leg of Lamb

This recipe transforms the classic leg of lamb into a smoky, juicy feast with a crisp outer crust and a soft, tender interior. It's a traditional recipe with a twist, ideal for special occasions or a family Sunday roast. This recipe was created by Chef Billy Parisi. It takes about 3 hours and 30 minutes to prepare, with the majority of the time spent on the smoker. It’s perfect for a bigger gathering as it feeds 8. The smoked leg of lamb makes a grand centerpiece, especially when carved at the table in front of guests.Explore this smoked delight!


Smoked Memphis-style American Lamb Riblets

Perfect for the BBQ lover, these riblets are marinated with a Memphis-style rub that adds a spicy kick. The smoking process infuses the lamb with a robust flavor, making it a hit for casual backyard get-togethers.

This recipe was courtesy of Brooklyn Supper. These ribs take 3-5 hours to smoke, depending on the cooking method. If you don’t have a smoker, you can also use charcoal or gas with this recipe. 

The riblets offer a finger-licking good appearance that's both inviting and informal.

Check out the recipe here!

Smoked American Lamb Crown

Smoking a lamb crown turns it into a spectacular dish that's as tasty as it is beautiful. The crown shape is not just for looks, it helps the meat cook evenly, locking in juices and flavor. 

Over the Fire Cooking created this recipe and shared, “You’ll love this Lamb Crown Roast recipe for its perfect blend of elegance and flavor. The frenched and shaped lamb roast rib racks create a visually stunning crown shape, so it’s naturally a showstopper for any special occasion. The herb paste also adds a burst of flavor without overwhelming the dish, creating a balanced and memorable meal.” 

This is a quick recipe. Between prep (30 minutes) and smoking (1 hour and 30 minutes), it takes 2 hours total. 

As a true showstopper, the smoked lamb crown is perfect for any festive occasion, drawing everyone's eyes to it.

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Smoked Lamb Tostadas

This recipe offers a delightful twist on traditional Mexican cuisine. It combines the rich flavor of smoked lamb with the crisp freshness of tostadas. It’s a perfect quick summer meal that’s both satisfying and unique. 

This is another 8+ hour smoke from Salt & Pepper Skillet that feeds 8. 

Justin said, “If you are looking to spice up your lamb game, smoked lamb tostadas are where it’s at. Tender, flavorful smoky lamb with a crunchy tortilla base, bright pickled vegetables, and a creamy crema sauce to balance it all out. It’s beauty on a plate, but tastes even better.” 

These tostadas are vibrant and colorful, adorned with fresh greens and reds from radishes and tomatoes, making them as visually appealing as they are tasty.

Make these tostadas!

Each of these recipes leverages the distinctive flavors and textures of lamb, enhanced by the smoking process to create dishes that are not only a pleasure to eat but also a feast for the

eyes. Whether you're hosting a large party or a small family dinner, these smoked lamb recipes will elevate your cooking and leave your guests impressed.

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