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Ultimate Grilled Lamb Chops: A Mouthwatering Delight

Easy and Delicious Grilled Lamb Rib or Loin Chops Recipe

Discover the secret to perfectly grilled lamb chops that will make your taste buds dance with joy!

Grilling lamb chops is an art form that can transform even the staunchest lamb skeptics into devoted fans. The rich, unique flavor of lamb combined with the smoky essence of the grill creates a culinary masterpiece that’s hard to resist. Whether you’re a seasoned lamb enthusiast or a curious novice, this guide will help you achieve grilled lamb perfection.

Choosing the Perfect Chop

When it comes to selecting lamb chops for grilling, you have three main options:

  • Shoulder chops: Budget-friendly but less tender
  • Rib chops: Visually stunning with a smooth flavor
  • Loin chops: Meaty and flavorful, resembling miniature T-bone steaks

For the best grilling experience, opt for rib or loin chops cut 1.25 to 1.5 inches thick. This thickness allows for better control during cooking and ensures a juicy, flavorful result.

Preparing Your Lamb Chops

Before grilling, take a moment to trim any excess hard fat from the edges of your chops. This step prevents chewy bites while still leaving enough fat to impart that signature lamb flavor.

For maximum flavor, salt your chops 40 minutes before grilling. This technique acts as a dry brine, enhancing the meat’s natural flavors and ensuring a more succulent end result.

Mastering the Grill: The Reverse Sear Method

To achieve the perfect balance of a crispy exterior and a juicy interior, we’ll use the reverse sear method:

  1. Set up a two-zone fire on your grill with hot and cool sides.
  2. Start the chops on the cool side, cooking them slowly to your desired internal temperature.
  3. Finish with a quick sear on the hot side for that irresistible crust.

This technique ensures even cooking and allows you to nail your preferred doneness every time.

Recipe: Perfectly Grilled Lamb Rib or Loin Chops

Ingredients

  • 8 bone-in lamb rib or loin chops, cut 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches thick
  • 2 tablespoons (30g) salt
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Season lamb chops with salt on both sides and let them rest at room temperature for 40 minutes while you prepare the grill.
  2. Ignite a full chimney of charcoal. Once the coals are covered with gray ash, arrange them on one side of the charcoal grate. Place the cooking grate, close the grill, and let it preheat for 5 minutes. For gas grills, set half the burners to high, cover, and preheat for 10 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Coat lamb chops with olive oil, season with black pepper, and place them on the cool side of the grill. Cover and cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 110°F (43°C) for rare or 120°F (49°C) for medium-rare.
  3. Transfer the lamb to the hot side of the grill and sear until browned on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 120°F for rare or 130°F (54°C) for medium-rare. Move the chops to a platter and let them rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Elevate Your Lamb Experience

While these grilled lamb chops are divine on their own, you can take them to new heights with complementary flavors. Try a zesty mint sauce, a sprinkle of gremolata, or a dollop of whole grain mustard. For a Mediterranean twist, serve with a side of creamy hummus.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
390 Calories
30g Fat
0g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 390
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 38%
Saturated Fat 12g 62%
Cholesterol 98mg 33%
Sodium 2992mg 130%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 320mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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