As the weather gets warm and we drag our beloved barbecues out of the shed and into the garden, there’s no better meat to re-christen the grill than new season lamb. The high fat content and unmistakable sweet and gamey flavour means its perfect for barbecuing no matter which cut you choose.
Some of Britain’s greatest chefs have shared their barbecued lamb recipes with us, so you can grill with confidence at your next al fresco get-together. Try Emily Watkins’ Barbecued leg of spring lamb for an easy twist on the classic Sunday roast, or bring the flavours of Gascony home with Pascal Aussignac’s Braised and grilled lamb shanks with prunes and melon. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, give Scott Hallsworth’s Japanese-inspired Tea-smoked barbecued lamb chops with spicy Korean miso a go for a seriously impressive dinner party main.
Want to keep things a bit simpler? Kebabs always go down a treat, and Karen Burns-Booth’s failsafe recipe for Moroccan lamb kebabs are a guaranteed crowd pleaser, as is Alfred Prasad’s Greek-inspired Lamb wrap with red pepper sauce and herb yoghurt. Whatever barbecued lamb recipe you choose to follow, make sure you buy the best quality meat you can afford, and ensure it’s come to room temperature before you place it on the grill.
For a handy guide, watch our how to barbecue a leg of lamb video, perfect for feeding a crowd.