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Whole Lamb Shoulder

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Serves 8

Slowly braised on the BBQ

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  • Whole lamb shoulder including neck section
  • California Rancher Santa Maria Seasoning
  • Ballpark/ Swedish yellow mustard
  • Fresh thyme
  • Onion, carrots & celery
  • 1 bottle red wine
  • Tomato puree


    1. Rinse the lamb shoulder and pat dry with kitchen roll
    2. Smear the whole joint in yellow ballpark/swedish mustard and then liberally coat with California Rancher Santa Maria Seasoning finishing with a sprinkle of fresh thyme leaves
    3. Leave covered in the fridge for at least 4 hrs, then remove 45 mins before you plan to cook.
    4. Set your BBQ up to cook indirectly at around 120C. A smoker is great for this. Then set the lamb on the grill with a small handful of woodchips on the coal - nothing too strong as we don't want to overpower. Allow to cook for around 2-3 hrs.
    5. Whilst this is cooking - chop up a couple of onions, carrots and stalks of celery. Saute gently with half a dozen cloves of garlic then pour in a bottle of red wine and a generous squeeze of tomato puree.
    6. Cook this mixture down for 20 mins then set aside.
    7. When the lamb has developed a golden crispy hue, it's time to start phase two - the braise. Tip your veg mix into a baking tray then sit the lamb on top. Cover tightly with two layers of thick foil.
    8. This can either be put in a low oven or back on the smoker/BBQ. Either way it will need another 3-4 hrs. A good way to tell it is done is to wiggle the bone - if it is loose then you're done and you should be able to cut the meat with a wooden spoon.
    9. Strain the veg and juice out of the tray, separate the fat then simmer down to reduce and use as gravy.

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