This marinade, I call it my Sheep Dip, is great on all cuts of lamb including rack, leg, and kebabs. If you don’t think you like lamb, this recipe will convert you. The result is amazingly flavorful, tender, juicy and succulent. And…
Loin chops are the porterhouse steaks of lamb, with a T-bone separating the strip steak on one side and the filet mignon on the other. But they are a lot smaller than beef porterhouses. Imagine a lamb standing next to a steer. You get the picture. Typically cut 1 to 1.5″ thick, lamb loin chops are no bigger than a child’s fist. Plan on 2 to 3 chops per person.
Serve with: Asparagus. Spring lamb is prized so serve this dish in the spring with grilled asparagus. Complete the plate with yet another spring treat, new potatoes transformed into Warm French Potato Salad. This also happens to be the World's Easiest Potato Salad. Pour a big rich red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, or Syrah. Break out the good stuff for this dinner.
- 6 lamb loin chops, at least 1" thick
- ½ teaspoon Morton coarse kosher salt
- Trim and salt the meat. About 1 hour before cooking, trim the meat. Get all the surface fat off or else it will cause serious flareups on the grill.
- Salt the meat and stick it in the fridge.
- Make the marinade. Whisk the marinade ingredients in a non-reactive pan large enough to hold the chops but not much larger. You can crowd them in. Let the marinade sit for 30 minutes so the flavors marry before you put the meat in.
- Add the salted chops, turn them so all sides are wet, and let them sit for 10 minutes per side. Do not marinate any longer than 20 minutes. This meat soaks up the flavor fast, and you don't want to hide the meat's own taste.
- Fire up. Set up your grill for 2-zone cooking. Get the hot zone as hot as you can get it. Cook over the hot zone with the lid up so all the energy is pumped into one side of the chops while the other side cools, and turn frequently, until the chops are 125°F to 130°F in the center. It's OK if they get really dark—that's the balsamic talking—but don't let them burn—and for heaven's sake, do not overcook! Lamb is ideal rare or at most, medium-rare. Use the cool zone of the grill to hold chops as they finish. If the exteriors are really dark and the interiors are not done, there are two tricks: Either move them all to the indirect side and close the lid for about 5 minutes or stand them on end with the flat side of the T-bone down.
- Serve. These chops are so small, they will cool off quick. Serve immediately.