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Herb crusted rack of lamb with courgettes

Nothing will impress friends more than serving barbecued rack of lamb fresh from the charcoal. This delicate cut delivers rich and tender meat, only made better when gnawed straight off the bone like a smoky lamb lollipop.

 Mike Tomkins for Kamado Joe   Summer 2022 Join us on        @thebbqmag

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The trick to getting perfectly pink medium rare lamb while allowing the fat to render and the crust become nice and crisp, is to slowly bring it up to a temperature of 55°C.random text to get you started!

 

Ingredients

 

Herb crusted rack of lamb with courgettes

Ingredients

    1 rack of lamb, French trimmed

    2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

    85g breadcrumbs

    1 bunch of fresh leaf parsley

    1 half a bunch of basil

    2 sprigs of rosemary

    55g Parmesan

    2 tbsp Dijon mustard

    Salt & pepper

    1 Lemon

    2 courgettes

    50g salted butter

    Olive oil

    Mint to serve, roughly chopped


 

Method

 

METHOD

1. Set up your Kamado Joe for direct cooking at 150-170°C. 

2. Take a sharp knife and score the lamb deep into the fat, taking care not to pierce the flesh. Score a diagonal pattern and then repeat so the fat is criss-crossed. Season generously with salt.

3. Add 1 tsp of olive oil to a cast iron pan. Place the rack of lamb fat-side down directly onto the grill grates for around 10 minutes.

4. While the fat is rendering, blend or finely chop the garlic, basil, parsley, rosemary, breadcrumbs and Parmesan. Empty the mixture on to a plate that is at least the same size as the rack of lamb.

5. Monitor the lamb’s core temperature using a Thermapen until the internal temperature reaches 43-45°C. This should take 8-10 minutes.

6. Remove the lamb from the BBQ, flip the rack of lamb and brush the fat with Dijon mustard before rolling in the herb and breadcrumb mixture. Transfer the lamb back to the grill with the herb-crusted fat facing upwards. Place back in the BBQ and continue to roast. The internal temperature should read 55°C. This should take around another 8-10 minutes to achieve. Remove the lamb and allow it to rest on a rack or tray for approximately 10 minutes for melt-in-the-mouth lamb when you carve.

7. While resting, slice courgettes into ½ cm slices, melt butter and a splash of olive oil to the grill and cook direct until the courgettes are soft, dress with fresh lemon juice and roughly chopped mint.


 

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