October 19, 2021

Honey Chipotle BBQ American Lamb Ribs


Prep Time

20 min

Cook Time

3 hrs

Total Time

3 hrs 20 min



Lamb ribs on grill


American Lamb Ribs

  • 2 American Lamb ribs
  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons coarse black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin 

Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce

  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup chipotles in adobo sauce, pureed
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


Using a knife, slice a crisscross pattern over the top fat of the ribs to help render during smoking. Lather ribs in yellow mustard; season thoroughly with black pepper, garlic powder, sea salt, chipotle powder and cumin. 

Using a grill or smoker, start a fire with natural wood charcoal for an indirect cook. Set the grill/smoker for a consistent 225°F. Place ribs on grill; cook about 2 hours. 

About 30 minutes before the ribs are ready, pour Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce (recipe below) over top of ribs; lather. Increase heat for the last 30 minutes to 300°F to 350°F to caramelize the ribs. Once internal temperature of ribs reaches 205°F, pull them off grill; let rest 8 to 10 minutes. 

For the Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce: In a pan over a fire or stovetop, add ketchup, chipotles, honey, brown sugar, cloves, lime juice, salt and pepper; bring to a low boil. Cook 5 to 8 minutes to fully immerse. 


USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters

Ground Lamb

Internal temperature of 160°F

All Other Cuts

Internal temperature of 145°F, with a 3 minute rest

Lamb ribs on a cutting board
thermometer timer illustration
Visit our Lamb Cooking Time & Temperature page for recipe inspiration and tips on preparing the perfect lamb.


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