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Easter Leg of Lamb

Difficulty 3/5
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Prep time 30 mins

Cook time 90 mins
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Serves 8-12

Hardwood Cherry

Roasting over hardwood imparts a lick of robust smoke flavor, for a juicy, mouthwatering main dish. Break out the lamb for your next special occasion and savor each meaty morsel.

Ingredients

1, 10-12 lb. Leg of Lamb, bone-in

1 Tbsp. Garlic, crushed

4 cloves Garlic, sliced lengthwise

4 sprigs Rosemary, cut into 1” pieces

2 tsp. Olive Oil

2 Lemons

Salt & Pepper, to taste

Preparation

Combine olive oil and crushed garlic; rub it on the lamb.

With a paring knife, make small ¾ inch deep perforations in the lamb (about 2 dozen). Alternately stuff the slivered garlic and cut rosemary sprigs into the perforations.

Zest and juice the lemons, spreading zest and juice evenly over the lamb. Season lamb with salt and pepper.

When ready to cook, start the Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until a fire is established (4-5 minutes). Turn temperature to 400 degrees F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Place the leg of lamb on the grill and cook for 30 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350°F and cook for an additional hour, or until the internal meat temperature reaches 145 degrees for medium rare.

Let the lamb rest for 15 minutes before carving. Slice, serve and enjoy!

 

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Indian Land
  • South Carolina
Fantastic for Resurrection Day!
Happy Resurrection Day! This was a great recipe for our Easter Sunday dinner. The keys to this being a successful roast:
1. Make sure you get fresh lemons, rosemary, and garlic
2. Wrap in plastic wrap the night before – let it sit in the fridge overnight
3. Let the lamb come up to room temp before putting it on the grill
4. Freshly grind your pepper and use sea salt on the outside and apply just before putting in the unit.
5. Take it off at 140 degrees – not 141 or 139! 140 is perfect.
The real key is to spend the extra time and money on fresh, quality ingredients. I used apple wood and that worked out fine. Because lamb is a pretty delicate meat, you don’t want to use the heaver smoke woods like mesquite (sorry South West friends!) or hickory. A leg of lamb is an investment and you want to treat it like gold and you will be rewarded!
 
 
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