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Grilled Lamb Chops with Chipotle and Cilantro Oils

Yield Makes 8 servings


  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 4 shallots
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded
  • 16 (2-inch-thick) loin lamb chops
  • Hickory wood chips
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons cracked pepper
  • Chipotle Oil
  • Cilantro Oil
  • Garnish: fresh cilantro sprigs

How to Make It

  1. Process first 5 ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides.

  2. Place lamb chops in a large shallow dish or heavy-duty zip-top plastic bags. Pour oil mixture evenly over chops. Cover or seal, and chill 2 hours, turning occasionally.

  3. Soak wood chips in water 30 minutes.

  4. Remove chops from marinade, discarding marinade. Sprinkle chops evenly with salt and pepper.

  5. Prepare a fire by piling charcoal and wood chips in grill. Place food rack on grill. Arrange chops on rack, and grill, covered with grill lid, over high heat (400° to 500°) 6 to 8 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Drizzle with Chipotle and Cilantro Oils; garnish, if desired.