Dolly the Lamb (July 5, 1996 to February 14, 2003) was the first cloned mammal. She was produced by Ian Wilmut, Keith Campbell and other scientists at the Roslin Institute near Edinburgh, Scotland. Wilmut said “Dolly is derived from a mammary gland cell and we couldn’t think of a more impressive pair of glands than Dolly Parton’s”. So naturally I have to name my BBQ and grilling lamb rub after her.
Rosemary and garlic are the classic seasonings for lamb and mutton, with good reason. Forget the mint jelly, please. Now if you want to chop up a bit of fresh mint, go for it. But remember: Lamb is very much like beef, a hearty red meat. You wouldn’t put mint jelly on a roast beef would you?
For the rub
- 10 cloves garlic
- 2 tablespoons dried rosemary leaves (broken or crushed a bit by hand)
- 1 tablespoon whole mustard seeds
- 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground bay leaves
For the paste
- 6 tablespoons water
For the dry brine
- ½ teaspoon Morton coarse kosher salt (1/2 teaspoon kosher salt per pound of meat)
- Dry brine a leg of lamb, rack of lamb, or lamb shoulder a few hours before cooking. Overnight is better. You want the salt to have a chance to soak in. Use 1/2 teaspoon Morton coarse kosher salt per pound of meat.
- For the rub mince, press, or crush the garlic, then mix it with the remaining rub ingredients in a bowl. You can store this for later use or you can mix it with the water to make a paste and use it right away. To make the paste, add about half the water and stir. If it is too thick, add more water until you have a slurry that spreads thickly. To use the past, coat the brined meat with it and start cooking.