BBQ Leg of Lamb Perfectly

BBQ a leg of lamb the Aussie way

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Aussie BBQ leg of lamb. Image credit: Louise Lister

This Aussie lamb leg recipe is guaranteed to please even the toughest South African braai critic. If you serve your perfectly cooked BBQ leg of lamb with jacket potatoes and green olive mayonnaise, it will be a real Oz winner.

4:10 Prep  0:30 Cook  4 Servings

 Ingredients you will need

  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 large lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 5kg boned lamb leg, butterflied
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • jacket potatoes, to serve

Green olive mayonnaise 

  • 3/4 cup whole-egg mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup stuffed green olives, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 small lemon, juiced

Method – 4 easy steps

Step 1 – Combine garlic, paprika, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and oil in a large, shallow ceramic dish. Season both sides lamb with salt and pepper. Score lamb skin (this allows marinade to penetrate). Place lamb in marinade and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours. Remove from fridge 30 minutes before cooking.

Step 2 – Make green olive mayonnaise: Meanwhile, combine mayonnaise, olive, paprika and 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Step 3 – Spray a cold barbecue plate or grill with oil. Preheat on high heat. Reduce heat to medium-high. Barbecue lamb, skin side down, for 10 minutes. Turn and cook for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover lamb with barbecue hood (see tip).

Barbecue for a further 15 minutes for medium or until cooked to your liking. Remove from heat. Cover loosely with foil. Set aside in a warm place for 10 minutes to rest. Slice lamb thinly across the grain.

Step 4 – Serve lamb with green olive mayonnaise and jacket potatoes.

Quick Tip: If you don’t have a barbecue with a hood, you can turn a large roasting pan upside down to use as a hood over the lamb.

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