Barbecued Lamb Shoulder with Black Dip

Gluten Free
Dairy Free
Barbecued Lamb Shoulder with Black Dip
Idle Time : 1 hour (to soak wood chips)
Prep Time : 15 minutes
Rest Time : 5 minutes
Cook Time : 8-10 Hours
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Serves 6-8

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1 lamb shoulder (about 6 lbs)

Course kosher salt or sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

10-12 hamburger buns (optional)

5 Tbsp melted butter (for the buns)


For the basting sauce: 

¾ cup water

1 cup cider vinegar

⅔  cup Worchestershire sauce

5 Tbsp salt

2 Tbsp lemon juice

½ tsp black pepper


For the black dip:

2 cups water

¼ cup Worchestershire sauce

¼ cup cider vinegar

2 tsp lemon juice

1 ½ tsp brown sugar

1 tsp black pepper

½ tsp salt

½ tsp onion salt

½ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp allspice powder


Special equipment


4 cups hickory chips or chunks, soaked in water 1 hour, then drained


1. Generously season the lamb on all sides with salt and pepper.


2. Prepare the basting sauce: Combine the water, vinegar, Worchestershire sauce, salt, lemon juice, and black pepper in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Set aside.


3. Prepare the black dip: Combine the water, Worchestershire sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, lemon juice, pepper, salts, garlic powder, and allspice in a large saucepan, bring to a boil and cook until richly flavored and slightly reduced, about 5 minutes. Transfer the sauce to a serving bowl and set aside to cool.


4. Set up your smoker following the manufacturer’s instructions and preheat to 250°. Add the wood as specified by the manufacturer.


5. Place the lamb, fat side up, on the grate over the drip pan away from the heat.


6. Smoke the lamb until it’s fall-off-the-bone tender and the internal temperature reaches 195°, 8-10 hours. The cooking time depends on the size of the roast and heat of the grill. Add charcoal and wood chunks as needed. Baste the lamb with the basting sauce every hour. If the lamb starts to burn, tent the meat with foil. If desired, transfer the lamb (wrapped in foil) to an insulated cooler to rest. In the meantime, brush the buns with melted butter and grill, cut sides down until lightly toasted.


7. Transfer the lamb to a cutting board. Let it rest for at least 5 minutes if you did not rest it in the cooler. Thinly slice it across the grain or finely chop it with a cleaver. Spoon half the dipping sauce over the meat. Serve the lamb on toasted or grilled buns or slices of white bread or all by itself, passing the remaining dip on the side.

SERVING SUGGESTION: Serve with fresh vegetable salad
PAIRING SUGGESTION: Tempranillo or Cabernet Sauvignon, Amber Ale or Dark Lager
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