The combination of flavors in this delicious sauce takes this grilled butterflied and marinated leg of lamb to another level!
I am not much of a beef eater myself, but I love this marinated leg of lamb. My dear friend Tricia shared this recipe with me many many years ago and it is definitely a winner! The secret sauce (marinade) is so delicious, you’ll want to drink it. 🙂 In fact I think it would be a delicious marinade on other beef cuts as well as chicken. I always double the marinade ingredients so that we have more than enough to pass around the table as a sauce on top of the sliced lamb. This meal has become a tradition on Easter for my family, they expect it!
Butterflied refers to the way the lamb leg is cut. To butterfly the leg of lamb just means to cut it in half and remove the bone. Doing this allows the meat to lay more flat and therefore it will cook more evenly. I don’t ever do this myself. The butcher at your local market or butcher shop is happy happy to do this for you! If you are an adventurous one, here is a video on how you can easily butterfly your own lamb leg.
Well I’ll let you decide for yourself. I prefer the American lamb because to me it tastes less gamey. Again, that is my preference. You can ask the butcher or in some cases it will be indicated on the label where it came from.
Here is a short article about the difference between American and New Zealand lamb as they do differ in taste and cost.
The marinade is easily made in the blender and can be done up to a day ahead of time. The lamb can marinate for as little as 2 hours or overnight if you have time. Don’t forget to keep enough marinade aside to warm before serving to pass around the table. I always make a double batch so we have plenty of sauce! Good enough to drink!
Use a thermometer in the thickest part of the meat to determine the temperature. Keep in mind that once you take the lamb off the grill, you should let it rest with a loose piece of foil on top of it. The temperature will continue to rise about 5 degrees while the meat is resting.
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