BBQ lamb shepherds pie is comfort food at its best. Tender smoked lamb is mixed with carrots, celery, and onions, then topped with mashed potatoes and baked until golden. Though it’s a labor of love, the work is worth it for this savory and comforting dish.
You can use your favorite recipe for the mashed potatoes, use a store-bought box mash, or use my easy recipe. Bring six cups of water and 3 heaping tablespoons of chicken bouillon to a boil in a pot. Add four large potatoes, peeled and chopped. Cook until tender and then mash with butter, milk, salt, and white pepper.
This dish is a complete meal on its own. But for an even more authentic experience, serve it with some English peas sautéed in butter. And don’t forget a tall, cold glass of beer to go alongside.
BBQ Lamb Shepherds Pie Recipe
- 3 pound leg of lamb
- yellow mustard
- 2 tablespoons Slap Yo’ Daddy "Love Me Tender" All Purpose Rub -Hot
- 3/4 cup beer or red wine or stock
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 medium yellow onion diced
- 3 ribs celery diced
- 2 large carrots diced
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary
- 1 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup BBQ sauce or brown gravy
- 1 cup chicken stock
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3 cups mashed potatoes
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- applewood chunks
- casserole dish or Dutch oven
- Preheat a smoker to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Add a few chunks of applewood.
- Trim excess fat from leg of lamb.
- Apply a thin layer of yellow mustard all over the leg of lamb to make it easier for the rub to stick. Apply a medium coating of rub until the meat is completely covered and cannot be seen through the rub.
- Add the lamb to the preheated smoker. Check after a couple of hours to see if the bark has formed. If it has not, check back every 30 minutes until the bark is set.
- After the bark is set, wrap the lamb in foil with some mopping liquid such as beer, chicken stock, or red wine.
- Cook the foil pouch in the smoker and probe the meat through the foil until it feels tender when you probe it. Approximately 4 hours.Tip: The internal temperature when done is between 175 to 195 degrees F (80 to 90 degrees C). Don’t rely on the temperature reading alone, but also on the feel of the meat when you push the probe in.
- Remove the lamb and cut open the foil to let it cool and then shred the lamb into chunks.
- Add the rosemary, garlic, tomato paste, Worcestershire, BBQ sauce, and chicken stock. Mix well and heat until boiling.
- Add the shredded BBQ lamb. If the mixture is dry, add more red wine or chicken stock. The mixture of lamb and vegetables should be a bit soupy. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.
- Preheat the camp oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
- Transfer the mixture to a casserole dish or Dutch oven.
- Top with mashed potatoes. Paint the top of the mashed potatoes with the beaten egg wash and sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Use a fork to make stiff peaks.
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