This herb and spice lamb recipe is perfect for the barbecue – a whole butterflied leg of lamb coated in an allspice, garlic, lemon and thyme rub – superb on the BBQ but can be cooked in the oven if the weather is un-cooperative

Preparation time will be about 20 minutes allow an hour for cooking times

Ingredients For Herb And Spice Lamb BBQ

1.3kg butterflied leg of lamb from Morley Butchers
Salt and freshly milled black pepper
1 large garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
20ml/4tsp sunflower oil
Grated zest of 2 lemons
30ml/2tbsp freshly chopped thyme leaves
5-10ml/1-2tsp ground allspice
200g/7oz cherry tomatoes, halved
1kg/2.2lb salad potatoes, cooked, drained and quartered
250g/9oz green beans, topped, tailed and lightly blanched
1 small bunch lemon thyme or juice of ½ lemon
45ml/3tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Large bunch freshly chopped parsley
Salt and freshly milled black pepper

Cooking Method For Herb And Spice Lamb BBQ

Remove the lamb from the fridge and allow it to come up to room temperature

To prepare the rub mix all the ingredients together.

Place the lamb on a chopping board, open up the butterflied joint if needed make several slits over the surface and spread the herb and spice mixture all over the joint. Season well with salt and pepper.

Preheat the oven to Gas mark 7, 220°C, 425°F. If you are cooking over coals light them early so they are hot (white all over) when you are ready to cook

Insert 2 long metal or wooden skewers (previously soaked in water for 20 minutes), criss-crossing through the meat. This will hold it in an open position and make it easier to handle.

Place directly on the shelf in a preheated oven (place a tray underneath to catch the drips) for about 50-60 minutes, turning frequently.

Alternatively, place on a prepared barbecue not too close to the coals for about 55-60 minutes. NB thinner joints will cook more quickly and need less time. Once cooked cover with foil and allow it to rest for 15 or 20 minutes before carving.

Meanwhile, mix all the salad ingredients together and season. Slice the lamb and serve warm with the salad.

This herb and spice lamb BBQ recipe comes from Simply Beef & Lamb pay them a visit for more meaty recipes