Minted Pulled Lamb Shoulder

A bowl of pulled lamb garnished with fresh mint in the center. A shoulder of lamb in a smoker part way through the cook with a mahogany tone. A raw lamb shoulder covered in the homemade lamb rub.
Recipe Origin Australia
Rating
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Servings 10
Preparation 30 min 00:30
Cook 7 hours30 min 07:30
Ready in 8 hours 08:00
Difficulty Experienced
Cooking Method Smoke
Ingredients Herbs / Spices Lamb Meat
Equipment BBQ Smoker
Recipe Type Dinner Main Dish
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A bowl of pulled lamb garnished with fresh mint in the center. A shoulder of lamb in a smoker part way through the cook with a mahogany tone. A raw lamb shoulder covered in the homemade lamb rub.

Minted Pulled Lamb Shoulder

This minted pulled lamb shoulder combines American style smoking with English flavors to create an Australia style smoked lamb.

The combination of BBQ sauce and vinegar mint sauce combine to create a mint-flavored vinegar sauce such as those found in the Carolinas. The extra vinegar cuts through the fat in the lamb for a better feel of meat.

The smoking process itself is a simple style using a spray to keep moist. The rub is also a little more herby than traditionally used in smoking, with the addition of thyme, bringing in another European influence to complement the mint.

Ingredients

Lamb Rub

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons course sea salt

2 teaspoons black pepper

2 teaspoons thyme

2 teaspoons paprika

To Smoke

lamb shoulder, or shoulder quarter

olive oil to drizzle

Mint Spray

150ml water

150ml apple juice

50ml apple cider vinegar

1 sprig mint

Pulled Lamb

BBQ sauce, as needed

mint sauce, as needed

Equipment

smoker

2 chunks hickory

Recipe Directions

  1. In a small bowl combine the brown sugar, salt, pepper, thyme, and paprika. Stir until well mixed.

  2. Trim any excess fat or silverskin off the lamb. Drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle and massage in the lamb rub until covered all over. Let sit while the smoker is set and heats up.

  3. Set the smoker with 2 chunks of hickory at 120 degrees C (250 degrees F).

  4. Place the lamb in the preheated smoker and smoke for 6 hours.

  5. In a spray bottle add the water, apple juice, apple cider vinegar, and mint then shake to combine.

  6. Spray the lamb every hour to keep moist, if it looks like it is drying out spay more frequently.

  7. After six hours check the meat to make sure the lamb is tender, a skewer should enter with minimal resistance. If using a temperature as a guide aim for 100 degrees C (210 degrees F). This is about 10 degrees more than a pork shoulder. If not yet cooked continue until done.

  8. Rest the lamb for 30 minutes after taking it off the smoker.

  9. Use two forks to pull the lamb, putting aside any excess fat and the bones.

  10. Add the BBQ sauce and mint sauce to your preferred taste, trying not to overpower the flavor of the meat. Serve immediately.

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Recipe Origin Australia
Rating
No Reviews
Servings 10
Preparation 30 min 00:30
Cook 7 hours30 min 07:30
Ready in 8 hours 08:00
Difficulty Experienced
Cooking Method Smoke
Ingredients Herbs / Spices Lamb Meat
Equipment BBQ Smoker
Recipe Type Dinner Main Dish
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