September 14, 2023

Wood Grilled Butterflied Leg of Lamb & Asparagus


Recipe Provided By
"Rustic Joyful Food"
Prep Time

20 min

Cook Time

-- min

Total Time

-- min



Wood Grilled American Lamb & Asparagus


  • 2 pounds boneless leg of American Lamb
  • 1 cup plain Greek-style yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Pinch red chili flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Salt, to taste 

Herbed Yogurt

  • 1 cup plain Greek-style yogurt
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 green onions
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Salt and pepper, to taste 

Red Pepper Pesto

  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded, sliced
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


Remove butcher’s twine from lamb; slice through thickest parts of the leg to make one uniform cut. 

In a gallon-sized freezer bag, combine lamb, yogurt, pepper, chili flakes and garlic; refrigerate overnight. When it’s time to grill, heat grill/smoker to 350°F. Place lamb on center rack; season with salt. Depending on thickness of your cut, grill 7 to 9 minutes per side for medium. When the meat is flipped, add asparagus to the grill; cook alongside the meat while it finishes. Remove meat and asparagus at the same time. Dress asparagus with Red Pepper Pesto; season with salt after cooking. 

For the Herbed Yogurt: In a food processor, combine yogurt, parsley, cilantro, oil, onions, garlic, salt and pepper; pulse until chopped and smooth. Spoon yogurt into a dish. 

For the Red Pepper Pesto: In a food processor, combine bell pepper, parsley, cilantro, oil, Parmesan, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper; pulse several times, taste for seasoning. 

To serve: Slice lamb against the grain; serve with Herbed Yogurt, Red Pepper Pesto and asparagus.

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

whole grilled butterflied leg of lamb
sliced grilled leg of lamb with asparagus
thermometer timer illustration
Visit our Lamb Cooking Time & Temperature page for recipe inspiration and tips on preparing the perfect lamb.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *