April 6, 2023

BBQ Pulled American Lamb Shoulder




Marinated American lamb chops with rosemary & garlic on a plate


Paprika and Cumin Rub:

  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic 
  • 6 to 8 pounds American Lamb shoulder, bone-in 
  • 2 cups garbanzo beans, cooked in chicken stock until tender
  • 6 smoked early girl tomatoes, chopped 
  • Yogurt Sauce:
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon vindaloo spice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • Lemon juice, as needed 
  • Pickled Fresno Chilies:
  • 1 cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 pound Fresno chilies 
  • Herb Salad:
  • 1/2 cup mint, picked
  • 1/2 cup basil, picked
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, picked 
  • Olive oil, as needed


For the Cumin Rub:  In a mixing bowl, mix together paprika, cumin, salt, pepper and garlic; set aside.  Rub seasonings on all sides of lamb, reserving some for later use.  Smoke lamb in smoker at 250°F for 8 hours.  Heat the plancha or a flattop until smoking hot.  Remove lamb from smoker when internal temperature reaches approximately 200°F; rest for 10 to 20 minutes.  Pull apart into strands; season again with the rub.  Oil plancha; place pulled lamb on plancha or flattop.  Cook until crispy; remove from heat. 

In a pan, heat beans; stir in tomatoes.  

For the Yogurt Sauce:  In a bowl, mix together yogurt, vindaloo, cumin, coriander and lemon juice. 

For the Pickled Fresno Chilies:  In a separate pan, heat vinegar, water and salt until salt is dissolved; remove from heat and pour over chilies.  Allow to cool to room temperature; reserve. 

For Herb Salad:  In a bowl, mix together mint, basil and cilantro. 

To plate:  Place beans with tomatoes on plate; top with lamb.  Dress with Yogurt Sauce; garnish with Pickled Fresno Chilies, Herb Salad, and drizzle with oil.

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