Lamb chops make a delicious appetizer or main course for your guests during any season. This mouth-watering recipe will show you how to take your lamb chops to the next level.
Smoked Lamb Chops
Lamb chops can have a reputation for being tough and flavourless when cooked incorrectly. However, when smoked on a grill using the right flavours, lamb chops can be deliciously tender and taste incredible.
You can use creativity to serve your smoked lamb chops, though we recommend chopping them up in between the bones into ‘lollipops’ for easy serving and eating. Sprinkle them with lemon juice and parsley and serve alongside Smoked Asparagus, Smoked corn on the cob, or some smoked baked potatoes for a delicious burst of flavours.
How To Make Smoked Lamb Chops
Step 1 – Prepare Herb Paste
Prepare herb paste by blending the following ingredients in a food processor: olive oil, rosemary, sage, shallots, thyme, garlic, salt, pepper, and honey. Ensure that all ingredients are blended thoroughly until combined into a thick paste texture.
Generously cover the lamb chops in the herb paste on all sides evenly and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 12 hours or overnight.
Step 2 – Preheat Your Smoker
Preheat your smoker to 225ºF/107ºC and prepare wood chips. We recommend using Apple or Cherry wood to add a fruity, smokey flavour to the meat, though you can use whichever wood chips you prefer for this type of cut.
Step 3 – Smoke The Chops
Remove the lamb chops from the plastic wrap and allow them to rest at room temperature. Place the lamb chops onto the smoker for approximately 50 minutes. Using a meat thermometer, check the internal temperature of the meat. The internal temperature should be 125°F/51°C for rare, 135°F/57°C for medium-rare, and 140°F/60°C for medium.
Step 4 – Serve!
Remove your chops from the heat when the desired temperature has been reached. Serve in a “lollipop” style as an appetizer or part of a main meal along with our delicious recommended sides.
Smoked Lamb Chops FAQs
How Long Does Lamb Take In A Smoker?
It’s recommended to smoke your lamb chops for 50 -55 minutes. Any longer, the fat may burn and reduce the necessary juices to keep the meat tender and flavourful.
Which Is The Best Wood For Smoking Lamb?
We would recommend using Apple and Cherry wood for smoking lamb chops. They can provide the best smokey flavour to your meal whilst adding a subtle fruity flavour to the tender meat.
Why Are My Lamb Chops Tough?
If you cook your lamb chops at a higher temperature or for longer than the recommended cooking time, they may be tough in texture and chewier than desired. Marinating your meat thoroughly using the herb paste helps keep the meat tender.
What Temperature Should Lamb Chops Be Cooked To?
The internal temperature should be 125°F/51°C for rare, 135°F/57°C for medium-rare, and 140°F/60°C for medium cooked lamb chops.
Does Lamb Get More Tender The Longer You Cook It?
No, your lamb will not get more tender the longer you cook it, rather the opposite. Try to smoke the lamb chop at low temperature to experience the meat’s best flavor and its juices.
Smoked Lamb Chops Recipe
- BBQ Tongs
- Meat Thermometer
- Mixing Bowl
- Food processor
- Plastic wrap
- 4 8 oz. bone-in lamb chops
- 1/4 olive oil
- 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
- 2 tbsp fresh sage
- 2 tbsp roughly chopped shallots
- 1 tbsp fresh thyme
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 tsp coarse kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp ground pepper
- 1 tsp honey
- Prepare herb paste and cover lamb chops generously before refrigerating for 12 hours.
- Preheat your smoker to 225ºF/107ºC.
- Smoke the lamb chops for approx. 50 minutes.
- Remove chops from the heat, cut & serve!