Celebrating Australia Lamb Recipes

Get together and share some lamb

Butcher Advice

Best cuts for your barbecue celebration

Lamb eye of shortloin/backstrap makes very tender barbecued kebabs or satay.

Lemon and rosemary lamb kebabs

Barbecued ginger lamb satays

Lamb round or topside leg steaks are an ideal lamb cut to barbecue and they’re great for salads and sandwiches.

Lamb steak sandwich

Lamb souvlaki

Lamb loin chops are a favourite cut to barbecue, cook on a hot char-grill or plate for best results.

Honeyed lamb loin chops with crispy noodle salad

Barbecued lamb loin chops with avocado salad

A butterflied lamb leg or shoulder is fast barbecue option. The butcher will bone the lamb and butterfly the meat so it cooks quickly.

Barbecued butterflied lamb leg with herb mayonnaise

Barbecued lamb shoulder with lentil and spinach salad

Buying tips

  1. Ask the butcher to trim any excess fat from thick cut lamb chops.
  2. Easy carve lamb legs can be cooked in a covered barbecue. The butcher will bone and tie the leg for you.

Tips & Techniques

Before hitting the barbecue

  1. Take the lamb from the fridge 10 minutes before barbecuing, so the lamb is the same temperature throughout the cut and cooks evenly.
  2. If you wish, season it with ground salt and pepper.
  3. If the meat has been marinated pat it dry with paper towel.

Essential tips for barbecued lamb recipes

  1. Coat the lamb in oil instead of adding oil to the barbecue grill or hotplate.
  2. Ensure the barbecue is hot before you cook; the lamb should sizzle as it makes contact with the heat.
  3. Let it cook on one side until moisture appears, then turn once only. Use tongs rather than a barbecue fork to turn the meat.
  4. With practice, you can judge the meat’s readiness by touch. Rare is soft, well done is very firm. Rest the lamb for a few minutes before serving.

Is the barbecue too hot? Or not hot enough?

It’s important to preheat the barbecue to hot before cooking. The lamb should sizzle when it hits the barbecue, turn the heat down to moderately high if it begins to cook too quickly.

A little leftover?

Turn your lamb barbecue leftovers into a nutritious lunch, lamb makes a delicious salad, wrap or sandwich. Click here for more great leftover ideas for school lunches.

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