If you grill over coals, choose natural hardwood charcoal, as Andrew Zimmern does, to infuse meat with smoky flavor. Serve this dish with some of his outstanding homemade flatbread.
1 (5-lb.) boneless leg of lamb, trimmed
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons plus 2 tsp. ground cumin, divided
1 tablespoon coarse sea salt, divided
2 cups fresh orange juice
3 garlic cloves
1/4 cup olive oil
2 yellow onions, chopped
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
Est. added sugars 0g
How to Make It
Place lamb in a 2-gallon zip-top plastic bag. Add juice, oregano, 2 tablespoons cumin, and 2 teaspoons salt; rub over lamb. Refrigerate lamb overnight.
Puree orange juice, garlic, olive oil, and onions in a blender. Place in a bowl; cover and chill overnight.
Combine remaining 2 teaspoons cumin, remaining 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper in a small dish.
Preheat grill to medium. Remove lamb from refrigerator; let stand 30 minutes.
Place lamb on grill rack coated with cooking spray; cover. Grill lamb over medium direct heat for 1 1/2 hours or until a thermometer registers 135° (medium), turning and basting frequently with onion mixture. Remove lamb; let rest 15 minutes. (Internal temperature of lamb will rise to about 145°, or medium-well.) Thinly slice lamb; sprinkle with cumin mixture.
I was so so impressed by how easy this recipe turned out to be. It was my first time cooking lamb and I was kind of nervous, lest I should ruin a not-so-cheap cut of meat but it grilled up beautifully and tasted even better. I will definitely use this recipe anytime I want to impress a crowd or even just impress myself
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