Boneless legs of lamb are quick to cook on the barbecue and are deliciously juicy and tender.
600g (1lb 3oz) thinnish piece boneless leg of lamb (I used Leelands lamb from Southland) 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 tsp creamy Dijonnaise mustard 3 cloves garlic, peeled and thickly sliced Few sprigs rosemary and oregano Freshly ground black pepper 1 tsp flaky sea salt, plus extra for sprinkling over cooked lamb
1 Pat meat with paper towels. Trim if necessary. Put oil, mustard, garlic, herbs and seasonings in a dish and stir together. Add lamb and coat all over with the marinade. Cover lamb with a food umbrella or similar and leave at room temperature for about 40 minutes.
2 Preheat a covered barbecue; I use a small Weber barbecue and preheat it on high for 10 minutes. Toss lamb in marinade, picking off garlic and herbs. Place lamb fat side down on barbecue and strew the top with the garlic and herbs. Lower barbecue hood and turn gas to low.
3 Cook for 7 minutes. Turn lamb over and cook for a further 5 minutes. If the lamb weighs more than 600g you may not necessarily have to cook it any long – it is the thickness, not the length that affects cooking time. See notes below.
4 Remove lamb to a board and sprinkle all over with salt. Rest lamb for 5-7 minutes, then slice thinly with a carving knife.
5 Serve with salad, in buns or sliders or with vegetables such as eggplant (aubergine) and peppers. I like it on grilled bread spread with Cannellini Bean Dip and salad leaves and topped with fried or barbecued eggplant slices and grilled or slow-roasted tomatoes. Scrumptious.
When the lamb feels flabby, it is rare. When it feels springy it is medium-rare, if it feels firm, it is medium and if it feels hard it is well done.
I like this lamb cooked to medium-rare. It will continue to cook a little more as it rests and will remain juicy. If the piece of lamb you have is uneven, with a thicker chumpy bit, cut the chumpy bit off and cook it a little longer that the rest of the meat. In my books the worst thing you can do to a beautiful piece of meat like this is to overcook it. Keep it pink and juicy! Maximum 12 minutes! Be brave! Yes, lots of exclamation marks, but I need your full attention. And I’m not sure chumpy is a word but I reckon you can work out what I mean.