Here is my favorite lamb recipe (loved by friends who usually hate lamb) borrowed from an old Jacques Pepin cookbook. It is great for parties since the ultra-hot grilling time is only 8-10 minutes with the lamb finishing in an oven or gas grill set at only 200F.
1) Get a leg of lamb and bone it out. If you are lazy, get a boned out leg at COSTCO.
2) Make a paste in a food processor consisting of 3 cloves of garlic, a similar amount of fresh ginger, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup honey, 2 Tb. peanut or cottonseed oil (optional), and a medium onion.
3) Rub the paste all over the lamb. Place the lamb in a plastic bag and refrigerate over night.
4) Build a super-hot fire. I use at least double the amount of charcoal since my gas grill doesn't come close to getting hot enough. The idea is to put the lamb on the grill and basically sear and brown it on the outside, turning it after 4-5 minutes (8-10 minutes total). Don't worry about the char, you want it.
5) Put the lamb on a jelly roll pan (large cookie sheet) or roasting pan and place it into a 190F- 200F degree oven (don't even think of going over 220F).
6) Use your Thermapen to make certain you are at 130 degrees F (my wife prefers 135 degrees). If some of the meat is undercooked, you can now cut that part of the leg off and cook it a few minutes longer.
7) Enjoy the lamb that should literally melt in your mouth.
8) For dinner parties, slice and serve on a platter with those fancy purple small potatoes (or piped mashed potatoes) and grilled asparagus. For regular eats, wrap some regular potatoes in foil and drop them into a cooler section of coals. Then grill some corn and vegetables once the heat from the charcoal grill starts to die down.
Note: The Thermapen is a necessity for anyone who never wants to ruin a piece of meat, poultry or fish. It gives an accurate reading in under 4 seconds, and the hole it produces is usually too thin to release juices. I figured if the Thermapen is good enough for the health inspectors, I'd give it a try despite the cost. I made back the cost by not ruining a meal in the five years I've had one. They now make a much less expensive pocket model that reads in 5-6 seconds.
Edited by quant2325 - 5/1/12 at 9:10pm