Smoked Leg of Lamb with Rosemary

When we go to Sam’s Club and check out their fresh meat selections, sometimes we see lamb meat in their ice case.  We look at it curiously, and usually walk away from it.  Mainly because we usually have the weekend’s food already planned, and we didn’t want to freeze meat if we didn’t have to.  The last time we were looking at it though, we decided to give it a try.  We got the leg of lamb, which was already deboned, and it was wrapped in twine.  I never had lamb before – I think.  I’ve eaten goat meat before, but usually it would be heavily spiced so I couldn’t taste the gamey goat taste from the meat.

Hubby went online and found this recipe for marinating the leg of lamb.  Salt, pepper, dijon mustard, lemon, honey, garlic and rosemary.  Pretty straight forward to me.



I measured out the honey into a small mixing bowl.



Added the Dijon mustard.



Chopped the rosemary – from which I had ended up buying a potted rosemary plant from Lowe’s.  That actually saved us a trip to the grocery store, since the home improvement store sold the plant.  It was a win win situation here!  I got a rosemary plant, which I can pick the rosemary whenever I need it, and Lowe’s thought they earned their profit by selling me a rosemary plant!   🙂



Then I dumped the chopped rosemary into the bowl…



Added the black pepper.



Zested the lemon…



Dumped the zest into the bowl…



Minced the garlic…



Dumped the garlic into the bowl too…



Then I mixed it up…



And we unwrapped the leg of lamb, and cut the twine off.  We drizzled the marinade on the leg of lamb…



Then put the marinated leg of lamb into a gallon-sized ziploc bag and put it back into the refrigerator to marinate overnight.



The next day, Hubby was preparing to smoke the leg of lamb.  He put the leg of lamb into a small foil pan and put it into the smoker when the fire was hot enough.



After 2 hours, Hubby came back in with the leg of lamb.  He let it rest for 20 minutes, and then he sliced it thinly.



The meat looked delicious and tasty…  I couldn’t wait to taste it… the time.



We served it with mint jelly, along with boiled potatoes with gravy made from the drippings left in the foil roasting pan, roasted asparagus and aoili.  How was the taste?  The meat itself was tender.  It was more greasy than what we are used to, even with beef or pork.  But then, it had that after taste just after you swallow, the same after taste after you eat goat cheese.  So, all in all, it was very tender, juicy and moist, but I think the after taste just did not sit well with me.  With beef, I could eat the bark and love it actually, but I couldn’t eat the bark of this leg of lamb.  It was just undigestable.  I could eat lamb, but it would not be my first preferance for meat.  I would prefer either beef, pork, or chicken first.  But, for lamb lovers out there, you are welcome to try the marinade.  I wonder if I can use the marinade for something else…. If I try it, I will let you know!

Print recipe here.
Roast Leg of Lamb with Rosemary
Recipe by jmass

1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons prepared Dijon-style mustard
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon lemon zest
3 cloves garlic, minced
5 pounds whole leg of lamb
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt

1.  In a small bowl, combine the honey, mustard, rosemary, ground black pepper, lemon zest and garlic.  Mix well and apply to the lamb.  Cover and marinate in the refrigerator overnight.
2.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).
3. Place lamb on a rack in a roasting pan and sprinkle with salt to taste.
4.  Bake at 450 degrees F (230 degrees C) for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) and roast for 55 to 60 more minutes for medium rare.  The internal temperature should be at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C) when taken with a meat thermometer.  Let the roast rest for about 10 minutes before carving.

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12 Responses to Smoked Leg of Lamb with Rosemary

  1. Lori Gaughan says:

    Anny ~ George and Shanna raise lamb…they may enjoy this too! Ask Aunt Geana


  2. chrisannee says:

    My husband likes lamb and I’ve been thinking about trying to make it. I tried it once at a restaurant, but I didn’t like the taste. He said it was probably because of how it was prepared. It does have a weird taste. I think I’ll just keep it on the back burner a few more years.


    • axokuaci says:

      One of our cousins said that they got lamb chops from Costsco and it didn’t have the after taste. It will probably awhile before we try to cook lamb again, plus we still have leftovers in the freezer.


  3. chrisannee says:

    Hmmm… I was actually thinking about trying lamb chops if I tried lamb so I just might do that if it doesn’t have the after taste. We’ll see 😉


  4. i’m a lamb person actualy,
    shame on me, i’ve tried smoked salmon, beef andgoose but non with lamb…
    tempting to try,
    btw have u ever smoked with tea ?


    • Anny says:

      No, we never smoked with tea. The type of wood that my husband use are pecan and hickory. The first time I read about smoking with tea was your salmon post, which was very intriguing to me. How was the taste?


  5. Pingback: Smoked Lamb Chop with PORCINI Mushrooms Crusted, Saffron Polenta and Cherry Tomato Sauce | DENTIST CHEF

  6. Elly says:

    gonna make this tomorrow, hope its great 🙂


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