Moroccan Barbecued Lamb / Mechouie

Serves: 8
Total Calories: 293


1 leg of lamb, boned and butterflied (3 1/2 to 4 pounds after boning), trimmed of any papery skin
salt, to taste
black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
8 tablespoons butter, salted (1 stick), at room temperature
4 cloves garlic, minced
16 fresh mint leaves, minced, or 1 tablespoon dried
1 teaspoon coriander, ground
1 teaspoon paprika, sweet
1/2 teaspoon cumin, ground
3 tablespoons butter, salted
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons white vinegar, distilled, or fresh lemon juice, or more to taste
16 fresh mint leaves, thinly slivered, or 3 tablespoons mint jelly
2 cups chicken broth, homemade or low-sodium canned, or water
salt, to taste
cumin, ground, for serving


1. Preheat the grill to medium-high.

2. Open out the butterflied leg of lamb on your work surface so the inside is up and season with salt and pepper. Set aside while you prepare the spice butter.

3. Combine the butter, garlic, mint leaves, coriander, paprika, and cumin in a food processor and process to a smooth paste.

4. When ready to cook, spread about one third of the butter mixture over the inside of the lamb. Spread about 1 tablespoon more over the outside surface of the lamb. Arrange the lamb, outer side down, on the hot grate and grill, turning with tongs, until cooked to taste, 15 to 20 minutes per side. If the lamb starts to burn, lower the heat to medium (if gas) or move the lamb to a cooler section of the grill (if charcoal). Every 5 minutes, spread the top with some of the remaining spiced butter.

5. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. Melt the butter in a small, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add 3 tablespoons vinegar and the mint and bring to a boil, then stir in the chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until richly flavored and slightly reduced, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and taste for seasoning, adding salt or vinegar as necessary.

6. Transfer the lamb to a cutting board and let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve the lamb with the sauce and tiny bowls of salt and cumin on the side for seasoning.

Serves 8

Nutritional Facts:

Serves: 8
Total Calories: 293
Calories from Fat: 148

This Moroccan Barbecued Lamb / Mechouie recipe is from the The Barbecue Bible Cookbook. Download this Cookbook today.

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