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Mediterranean Grilled Lamb with Pale Ale Glaze

This Mediterranean Grilled Lamb with Pale Ale Glaze is dripping with bold flavor and comes together in just under an hour. Enjoying a homemade lamb dinner during the week is no longer a myth.

Mediterranean Grilled Lamb with Pale Ale Glaze

 When I mention the word lamb, the phrase “weeknight dinner” isn’t the first thing you think of, is it? I’ll be the first to admit that I never associated lamb as a weeknight meal option–that is, not until recently.

What if I told you that a delicious lamb dinner can be ready in under an hour? Would you believe me? Well, I’m here to prove it with this Mediterranean Grilled Lamb with Pale Ale Glaze.

Mediterranean Grilled Lamb with Pale Ale Glaze

I started with a 5-pound American Lamb boneless leg roast that I had my butcher butterfly, which is the trick to getting the roast to cook quickly during the week. The boneless lamb roast is the leanest cut of lamb and typically weighs between 5-8 pounds. I like over estimate on purpose so I’m guaranteed leftovers. I always welcome the opportunity to take a day off from cooking in the summer in order to enjoy more pool time.

I fell in love with American Lamb a few years ago when my dad bought Squirrel a few lamb chops as a thank you for helping him with his kitchen remodel. You know you’re a meat lover when people start gifting you lamb.

Mediterranean Grilled Lamb with Pale Ale Glaze

I was able to sweet talk my meat-loving husband into sharing a bite of his lamb, which was no easy task. The man is stingy with his food. Since it was my first time cooking lamb, I decided to season the chops simply with salt and pepper and sear it on the grill until the center was a pink medium-rare. I’ll never forget the first bite–the flavor was unrivalled. I was surprised how flavorful the lamb turned out even though I only used the bare minimum when it came to seasoning.

Here’s the thing about lamb: It’s flavorful all on its own. You don’t have to work hard to achieve a delicious outcome. The distinct flavor is hard to describe, and it depends entirely on the quality of lamb and how the lamb was raised.  If you’re new to buying lamb, you’ll want to look for locally produced, all-natural, grass-fed lamb. It should be mild in flavor and lean on fat. American Lamb encompasses all of these qualities. Make sure you ask your local butcher where your lamb came from. If he/she can’t tell you, find a new butcher.

Mediterranean Grilled Lamb with Pale Ale Glaze

The Mediterranean rub I used to season the lamb complements and enhances its distinct natural flavor, and the glaze helps keep the lamb moist and build a crisp, caramelized outer crust that keeps the inside moist and juicy.

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Mediterranean Grilled Lamb with Pale Ale Glaze

This boneless leg of lamb gets rubbed with a Mediterranean spice mixture and grilled to juicy perfection.

Yield: 4 servings

Total Time: 1 hour

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

Pale Ale Glaze:

  • 1 cup pale ale
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Salt and pepper

Mediterranean Rub:

  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 and 1/2 tablepoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons za’atar
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon pepper

Lamb:

  • 1 (5-pound) boneless leg of lamb
  • 1 recipe Mediterranean Rub
  • 1 recipe Pale Ale Glaze

Directions:

Glaze:

  1. Add pale ale, lemon juice, and honey to a saucepan. Stir in a pinch of salt and pepper.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat. Continue to boil, stirring often, until the mixture reduces by a little more than half, about 30 minutes.

Mediterranean Rub:

  1. Add ingredients to a small bowl.
  2. Whisk to combine. Set aside.

Lamb:

  1. While the glaze reduces, massage the rub into the lamb. Allow the lamb to rest at room-temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat a charcoal or gas grill. Place the lamb fat side down and grill for 5-7 minutes. Flip the lamb and liberally brush on the glaze. Continue to cook, flipping every 5-7 minutes, brushing on the glaze with every turn, until the lamb reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees F. for medium-rare, about 25-30 minutes.
  3. Allow the lamb to rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with your favorite brand of pale ale.
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11 Responses to “Mediterranean Grilled Lamb with Pale Ale Glaze”

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    Susan — July 15, 2015 at 10:42 am

    That rub! I love it on this lamb and even more so because you snuck some za’atar in there.  Plus I a pale ale glaze is just genius.  Looks like another lamb dinner is in my future. 

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    Julia — July 15, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Lamb is one of my favorites! I’ve never had it grilled OR in roast-form, so I’m going bonkers over this recipe. The rub, the pale ale glaze?! I’m overloaded with envy..slash I need to pick up a hunk of lamb stat!

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    Amy @Very Culinary — July 15, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Love mediterranean flavors and this looks amazing. Sold! Pinned.

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    Courtney @ NeighborFood — July 15, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    The crust on this is making my mouth water! It looks so perfectly charred on the outside and tender in the center…just the way I like it!

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    Carla — July 15, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    That is one gorgeous leg of lamb! I don’t really associate it with weeknight meals either, but with this recipe, I’m definitely reconsidering.

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    Laura Dembowski — July 16, 2015 at 8:32 am

    I have fallen in love with lamb over the past year or so. I’ve braised an amazingly tender leg and I make a rack of lamb all the time for weeknight meals. Quick and easy!

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — July 16, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Our family loves lamb, especially my oldest daughter. What a beautiful dish!

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — July 17, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    That lamb is the perfect pink! 

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — July 18, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    What an absolute stunner of a dish. That crust!

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    Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons — July 19, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    Simple really is best, especially something that tastes so great to begin with, like American lamb. Such lovely photos of that medium-rare meat!

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    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — July 29, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    You cooked this to perfection! That charred crust and rare middle….swoon!!

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