Smoked lamb chops, a meal that no one can resist even when they are full. The lamb chops are the most flavorful cuts and delicious for an elegant appetizer. These chops are basically the ribs of a lamb that are chopped individual lollipop portions. You can cook smoked lamb chops in 2 different ways; as a whole rack of lamb or by chopping the rack into lollipops. Smoked lamb chops are a great dish to be served as an appetizer or main course for guests, families, or dinner parties.
The taste of your meal is 80% dependent on how you smoke and grill, so go slow and follow the instructions below.
Great Sides for Lamb Chops
Smoked lamb chops go well with a lot of side dishes, but we like to pair them with Smoked Asparagus, Smoked corn on the cob, or some smoked baked potatoes. You can also try any other side dish like; a little side salad, some smoked vegetables, or a piece of nice crispy garlic bread. It all works and adds to the overall deliciousness of the meal.
How to make Smoked Lamb Chops
In this section, I’ll break down the best method, technique, and ingredients for you to make mouth-watering smoked lamb chops. You can use a charcoal grill, pellet grill, electric smoker, or gas smoker for the preparation of smoked lamb chops.
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 50 mins
- Grilling time: 5 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins
- Cook Temperature: 225ºF
- Finished Temperature: 120ºF
- Wood Flavor: Apple or Cherry
- Servings: 4 people
- Your preference of smoker/grill (I recommend a pellet smoker)
- Meat Temperature probe
- BBQ Tongs
- Cooking Tray
- Cooling Rack
- 4 – 8 oz. bone-in lamb chops
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary approximately 3 sprigs
- 2 tablespoons fresh sage
- 2 tablespoons roughly chopped shallots
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
- 2 cloves garlic
- ½ teaspoon coarse kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon coarse ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Start your smoker, grab your wood pellets, and get the temperature stable at 225ºF.
- Season the lamb chops all over with the herb paste.
- Place the chops directly onto the grill and smoke them until the internal temperature reaches 120ºF.
- Remove the smoked lamb chops from the grill and serve warm!
BBQ Hero Tip: Try giving your lamb chops a reverse sear over direct flame to give your smoked lamb chops that extra zing!
Detailed Cooking Instructions
1) Start your smoker, get it to 225ºF
The ideal temperature to perfectly cook the grilled lamb chops is 225ºF. So, clean off the grill and get your smoker ready for making the best-smoked lamb chops you’ve ever had by preheating it to 225ºF.
2) Seasoning the lamb chops with herb paste
In your food processor, add equal parts of sage, rosemary, and thyme, with some garlic, shallots, salt, pepper, honey, and olive oil. You can also add some parsley if you like. Start the food processor and blend until the ingredients are fully combined, and you get a nice paste consistency.
Transfer the sauce into a bowl and get ready to slather it all over the lamb chops.
Grab a cooking tray/cooling rack. Place your lamb pops on the cooling rack. Cover every side of each lollipop with the herb paste. When done, cover the marinated lamb chops with the plastic wrap, and set them aside in the fridge for almost 24 hours.
Why do we have to leave it for 24 hours? We do it, so the paste/ ingredients can have enough time for marination and result in a blast of flavors.
3) Smoke and grill the lamb chops
For smoking the lamb chops, place the rack into the smoker and cook it for about 50 minutes. After 50 minutes, use a meat temperature probe and poke it in the center of the chop to see if the internal temperature of the meat has reached 120ºF. If yes, it means you are done.
Take the lamb out. Increase the temperature to 450ºF and place the rack of lamb back in. But this time on direct heat for giving it a nice texture. You will have to grill the lamb for two minutes on each side for the crispy crust appearance. It won’t take long because the chops are already done and only need some crispiness. Finally, you are done with the delicious smoked lamb chops, sprinkle some finely chopped parsley on your prepared meal, and serve immediately.
BBQ Tip: We would recommend to serve it as lamb pops sprinkled with some lemon juice, parsley and lemon zest. You can also enjoy it with tobascco and bbq sauce.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Smoking lamb chops is a bit difficult but is not impossible. We can help you by addressing the most common problems you might face while smoking the lamb chops.
How long does lamb take in a smoker?
The maximum time needed to smoke lamb chops is between 50 -55 minutes. If you cook the lamb chops more than that, you might burn the fat and juices necessary to keep smoked lamb chop tender and full of taste.
Which is the best wood for smoking lamb?
We would recommend using apple and cherry wood. They can provide the best smokey flavor to your meal.
Other than the above-mentioned woods, here is a list of smoking woods that gives good smokey flavor while grilling lamb chops:
- Mulberry wood
- Hickory wood.
- Maple wood.
Why are my lamb chops, though?
Your lamb chops might get tough after cooking because you must have smoked them at a higher temperature or you might be cooking your meal more than 50-55 minutes. After 40 minutes keep checking the internal temperature of the chops using a temperature probe, if it reaches 120ºF, don’t overcook your dish. It means you are done. You can also add olive oil when seasoning your lamb chops. This will help your chops get juicier.
What temperature should lamb chops be cooked to?
While smoking the lamb chops you should maintain the temperature of the smoker at 225ºF. Moreover, 120ºF is the most accurate internal temperature of the perfectly cooked lamb chops when checked using a temperature probe.
Other than this normal cooking temperature, you can enjoy the lamb chops in three different textures.
- Rarely cooked lamb temperature ranges from 115ºF-120ºF.
- Medium rare cooked lamb temperature ranges from 120ºF-125ºF.
- Medium cooked lamb temperature ranges from 130ºF- 135ºF.
BBQ Hero Tip: Remove your lamb chops from the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking and let them sit at room temperature. By doing following this tip, your lamb chops will cook evenly and you will get an accurate temperature reading.
Does lamb get more tender the longer you cook it?
No, the lamb does not get tender if you cook it for a longer time. In fact, it will destroy all of the taste and tenderness of lamb chop. Try to smoke the lamb chop at low temperature to experience the best flavor of the meat along with its juices.
What food is good with lamb?
Many other side dishes could be paired with the grilled lamb chops but above mentioned add on’s are our favorite.
How do I know when my smoked lamb chops are done?
You can check the internal temperature of your smoked lamb chops with the help of a meat temperature probe. If the temperature is 120ºF when checked, it means your meal is cooked perfectly. Now don’t overcook your meal. If you are a true meat lover, you can try all the three textures that are mentioned above.
BBQ Hero Tip: Before marinating the lamb chops, trim some of the extra silver skin and fat from the chops. Your smoked lamb chops will turn finger licking good.