Barbecued leg of spring lamb

  • Main
  • easy
  • 6
  • 1 hour 30 minutes, plus 12 hours marinating time



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Leg of lamb

Lamb cure

Start by making the cure. Use a spice grinder or mortar and pestle to grind together the peppercorns and juniper berries. Remove the rosemary leaves from the stems, roughly chop, and combine in large bowl with the remaining ingredients
Using a very sharp knife, de-bone the lamb leg and break down into the 3 main muscles. Trim off any sinew and connective tissue. If you are not confident with this step, your butcher can also do this for you
Place the prepared lamb into the curing mix, coat well and transfer everything into a large resealable bag or vacuum bag. Seal tightly and leave to cure for 12 hours
After 12 hours, remove the lamb from the bag and rinse off all excess marinade under cold running water for 5 minutes. Pat dry and set aside at room temperature for half an hour
Light the coals in a barbecue, allow to flame then leave to die down slightly to a medium-high heat. Start to cook the lamb at the edge of the barbecue and slowly brown until evenly coloured all over, turning frequently
Cook for 45-60 minutes, until (if you have one) a meat thermometer or probe reaches 50˚C when inserted into the middle of the meat. At this point, remove from the barbecue and allow to rest for 10-15 minutes until it reaches an internal temperature 54˚C. Carve the meat and serve with organic seasonal potatoes and spring vegetables
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