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 (454g) of meat)
These recipes were created in US Customary measurements and the conversion to metric is being done by calculations. They should be accurate, but it is possible there could be an error. If you find one, please let us know in the comments at the bottom of the page
- 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 (454g) 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 paste, coat the brined meat with it and start cooking.
High quality websites are expensive to run. If you help us, we’ll pay you back bigtime with an ad-free experience and a lot of freebies!
Millions come to AmazingRibs.com every month for high quality tested recipes, tips on technique, science, mythbusting, product reviews, and inspiration. But it is expensive to run a website with more than 2,000 pages and we don’t have a big corporate partner to subsidize us.
Our most important source of sustenance is people who join our Pitmaster Club. But please don’t think of it as a donation. Members get MANY great benefits. We block all third-party ads, we give members free ebooks, magazines, interviews, webinars, more recipes, a monthly sweepstakes with prizes worth up to $2,000, discounts on products, and best of all a community of like-minded cooks free of flame wars. Click below to see all the benefits, take a free 30 day trial, and help keep this site alive.
Post comments and questions below
1) Please try the search box at the top of every page before you ask for help.
2) Try to post your question to the appropriate page.
3) Tell us everything we need to know to help such as the type of cooker and thermometer. Dial thermometers are often off by as much as 50°F so if you are not using a good digital thermometer we probably can’t help you with time and temp questions. Please read this article about thermometers.
4) If you are a member of the Pitmaster Club, your comments login is probably different.
5) Posts with links in them may not appear immediately.