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Grilled Rack of Lamb

Grilled rack of lamb

Tender rack of lamb on the grill makes a wonderful Sunday dinner main dish. In this recipe we grill up New Zealand rack of lamb with a rosemary and mustard coating.

Closed grill over indirect medium heat
Grill time: approximately 14 to 20 minutes total (longer for a large rack of lamb)

Serves 4

2 racks of New Zealand lamb (8 bones each)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary


  1. Prepare mustard and rosemary mixture: Mix Dijon mustard, olive oil, lemon juice and rosemary in a dish.
  2. Remove lamb from the refrigerator.  Trim off any excess fat.  Sprinkle salt and pepper over the racks of lamb.  Cover the lamb with mustard mixture and let lamb come to room temperature, about 20 to 30 minutes.  Reserve a small amount of the mustard mixture for basting while on the grill.

    Rack of lamb
  3. Preheat the grill to medium heat.  Clean and oil the grill.
  4. Place the rack of lamb on grill meat side up, with ribs away from direct heat.  Do not place the lamb directly over the heat, in this instance we are actually roasting the lamb on the grill.

    Lamb on the grill
  5. Cook for 14-20 minutes turning and basting occasionally with the mustard mixture.
  6. Remove the lamb from the grill when internal temperature is 135-140 for medium rare.
  7. Cover loosely with foil for 5 minutes before serving.
  8. Pick out a great red wine, such as a Shiraz or a Cabernet to go with this exquisite meal.

If you enjoy lamb, try this recipe for leg of lamb on the rotisserie or get your burger on with our lamb sliders.

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2 Responses


Dan M


Looks like a great recipe! We’re trying it tonight – with grass-fed American lamb!




Great recipe! I have been making this regularly for the last couple of years. I find that stone ground mustard imparts more flavor than Dijon, and I save a little extra rosemary to sprinkle on the lamb when sliced and ready to serve. One of my favorite recipes!

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