Pulled lamb shoulder with sticky pomegranate glaze

Pulled lamb shoulder with sticky pomegranate glaze

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 5 hrs Plus marinating

Easy

Serves 6
Cooking the meat really slowly in fruit juice makes it meltingly tender, and the juices double up as a sweet glaze

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal668
  • fat39g
  • saturates19g
  • carbs33g
  • sugars32g
  • fibre1g
  • protein46g
  • salt1.3g
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Ingredients

  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
    Oregano

    Oregano

    or-ee-gar-no

    Closely related to marjoram, of which it is the wild equivalent, oregano has a coarser, more…

  • 1 lemon, quartered, pips removed
    Lemon

    Lemon

    le-mon

    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 1½ kg bone-in lamb shoulder joint
    Lamb

    Lamb

    laam

    A lamb is a sheep that is under one year old, and is known for its delicate flavour and tender…

  • 2 red onions, cut into wedges
  • 1l carton pomegranate juice
  • 2 tbsp clear honey
  • 250g natural yogurt
  • 100g tub pomegranate seeds, or seeds from 1 fresh pomegranate
    Pomegranate

    Pomegranate

    pom-ee-gran-at

    Now mainly grown in America, Spain, the Middle East and India, pomegranates originated in the…

  • small handful mint leaves, chopped
    Mint

    Mint

    mi-nt

    There are several types of mint, each with its own subtle difference in flavour and appearance.…

Method

  1. Put the garlic, cinnamon, cumin, oregano and lemon in a blender with 1 tsp salt and 2 tsp black pepper. Blend until smooth. Put the lamb in a large roasting tin and tip the marinade over the top. Massage all over the lamb and leave for 24 hrs in the fridge, or up to 2 days.

  2. Remove lamb from the fridge 1 hr before cooking. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/ gas 3. Scatter the onions around the lamb, tucking some underneath, then pour over the pomegranate juice. Cover the lamb with foil and cook for 4 hrs.

  3. Remove the foil, carefully pour the meaty pomegranate juices from the tin into a large saucepan and add the honey. Increase oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7, re-cover the lamb and continue cooking for 30 mins. Meanwhile, bubble the cooking liquid over a high heat until reduced, thick and syrupy – this may take up to 30 mins.

  4. Pour the sticky pomegranate glaze over the lamb and onions and return to the oven for another 30 mins, uncovered, until the glaze is bubbling and just starting to char, and the lamb is really tender. Mix the yogurt, most of the pomegranate seeds and mint leaves in a small bowl. Shred the lamb at the table and serve with the sticky onions and the minty pomegranate yogurt. Scatter over the remaining pomegranate seeds.

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hprice14
8th Jun, 2017
This dish is fab for a dinner party, served with the apricot cous cous and roasted veg. I was confused about what to do with the lemon in the marinade, so just used the zest and the fleshy bit which seemed to work well! Highly recommended.
AussieMum123
26th May, 2016
Hi just wondering about the pomegranate juice please. Did people use a "100% juice" or a fruit juice drink which is normally only around 25% juice mixed with water and other ingredients? Thanks
veganpuppyforever
17th Apr, 2016
This was an amazing vegan recipe and it felt like such a change from my normal food.
ifeyinwa00
13th Mar, 2016
3.8
Delicious recipe. The last hour at 200C was too long however. After 15 minutes it started to burn.
scrangelina
4th Nov, 2014
Encouraged by all the positive comments, and wanting to cook something gluten free for a friend's wife, I tried this. Huge mistake. I cooked the lamb shoulder (bought in Waitrose so good quality) slowly for five hours and it was very tender but very greasy. The sticky pomegranate glaze ruined two pans and smelt burned although I followed the instructions. The end result was a greasy burned disaster-blob that ended up costing a fortune, taking all day and embarrassing me.
Rgumbrill
28th May, 2014
This was delicious!! The lamb could have been cut with a spoon, and the fat had rendered into the meat making incredibly moist succulent pulled lamb. I only used 750ml of pomegranate juice and this was plenty. When reducing the sauce I added 2 more tbsp of of honey and 2tbsp brown sugar. I also added a dash of balsamic which was lovely. The mint yoghurt was divine and I did roasted sweet potato and roasted veg to accompany it! For my first time cooking lamb shoulder it was incredible!! Already working out when I can cook it next
esthermarypots
20th Apr, 2014
5.05
Made this for Easter Sunday dinner and it was devoured pretty quickly! I'm not a particular fan of lamb but really enjoyed this - it was very tender and the glaze was lovely. Despite the long time to prep and cook, the various stages were quick and simple - it's a good one to pop int he oven and forget about while you do/make other things. Very yummy and one I would definitely try again.
marzipanfeind
1st Apr, 2014
3.8
This was delicious. I've given it 4 stars rather than 5, as I found although the meat was tender, it did still need carving (and therefore wasn't really 'pulled' lamb shoulder!). For the marinade, I used two preserved lemons rather than a fresh one, and about 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses, as I had both in the cupboard. This lamb went beautifully with the 2 salads suggested.
FoodAddicts
24th Mar, 2014
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rclark80
9th Feb, 2014
This is a gorgeous recipe. I'm not a big fan of lamb but cooked this for my guests and it was truly amazing! will definitely be making it again.

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Marieanna
27th May, 2016
Can this recipe be used for a leg of lamb?
AussieMum123
26th May, 2016
Hi just wondering about the pomegranate juice please. Did people use a "100% juice" or a fruit juice drink which is normally only around 25% juice mixed with water and other ingredients? Thanks
hprice14
8th Jun, 2017
100% juice - quite expensive but worth it!
Hodgie21
7th Aug, 2015
Has anyone cooked this in a slow cooker instead of the oven?. If so how long should I cook it for and should I reduce the liquid?.
starfire
25th Sep, 2013
Should the lemon be peeled, or with peel still on?
marzipanfeind
25th Mar, 2014
3.8
1. I used a pyrex dish to cook the lamb (rather than a roasting tin), and it wasn't hard to clean up. 2. I used a wide, shallow frying pan to reduce the sauce/glaze, so the water evaporated as fast as possible.