Welcome to my wine-barbecued lamb chops recipe! I assure you this dish will leave your taste buds dancing with joy. These lamb chops have a unique flavor from the red wine marinade, which enhances the natural taste of the meat. This recipe is perfect for a cozy dinner with friends or family, and it’s a crowd-pleaser as well.
In this recipe, I’ve marinated lamb chops with red wine, garlic, rosemary, and lemon juice. The lamb chops are then grilled and dressed up with a garlic-honey glaze that brings out their natural sweetness. The combination of flavors in this dish is nothing short of amazing.
Whether you’re an experienced cook or just starting out in the kitchen, this recipe is easy to follow and will not disappoint. So, gather all your ingredients and let’s get started on making these mouth-watering wine-barbecued lamb chops.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
If you’re a fan of lamb chops, this Wine-Barbecued Lamb Chops recipe will become one of your favorites. The combination of red wine and garlic rosemary marinade gives the lamb chops a deeply flavorful profile that’s difficult to resist. But what makes this recipe stand out is the delicious honey glaze that adds another layer of sweetness and tanginess to the dish.
Whether you’re a seasoned cook or just starting to hone your culinary skills, you’ll appreciate how easy it is to prepare this recipe. You don’t need any complicated techniques or special tools; just some basic ingredients, a grill, and an oven. The key, though, lies in the timing and temperature. The lamb chops need to be cooked just right, so they’re tender and juicy, with a slightly charred exterior.
Another advantage of this recipe is its versatility. You can adjust the seasonings and spices to suit your taste buds or experiment with different types of wine or vinegar for the marinade or glaze. And if you’re looking for a great side dish or salad to go with the lamb chops, there are plenty of options that will complement their flavors, such as roasted potatoes or sweet potato mash, green bean salad with vinaigrette dressing, or quinoa tabbouleh.
But perhaps the best reason why you’ll love this recipe is how impressive it looks on the plate. Even though it’s relatively simple to make, it has a gourmet appeal that will impress your guests or family members without breaking the bank. Plus, it’s perfect for any occasion, from a casual barbecue party to a romantic dinner for two.
So if you’re in the mood for some delicious grilled lamb chops that are both flavorful and easy to make, give this Wine-Barbecued Lamb Chops recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed!
- 8 lamb chops (1 1/2 to 2 inches thick)
- 1 teaspoon Accent seasoning
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 garlic clove, finely minced
- 1/2 cup onions, chopped
- 1/4 cup dry red wine
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Grilled Lamb Chops Marinade:
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tsp rosemary leaves, minced
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 5 ts honey
- 4 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup dry red wine
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- salt and black pepper
In making a flavorful dish, the ingredients you put in should be chosen carefully – even the smallest amount can contribute to enhancing the taste. For these succulent wine-barbecued lamb chops, we’ll use several spices and marinade elements to boost its flavors. It’s mandatory to use thick-cut lamb chops with suitable Accent seasoning and salt to season it. Garlic adds a punch of aroma, while onions will give freshness and natural sweet taste to our dish. The primary marinade consists of garlic, rosemary, fresh lemon juice, honey, dijon mustard, dry red wine, olive oil, salt, and black pepper. These ingredients make the marinade tangy but sweet at the same time that is great alongside a full-bodied wine.
The Recipe How-To
Grilling the Lamb Chops with Red Wine Marinade
Grilled lamb chops are a perfect choice for a special occasion or a family gathering. The rich flavor of lamb pairs well with the acidity of red wine and the aromatic hints of garlic and rosemary. Here is a step-by-step guide to preparing juicy and flavorful wine-marinated lamb chops:
Step 1: Marinating the Lamb Chops
In a bowl, combine ¼ cup of dry red wine, 2 tbsp of olive oil, 2 tbsp of lemon juice, 2 minced garlic cloves, 1 tbsp of chopped fresh rosemary, and salt and pepper to taste.
Place lamb chops in a resealable plastic bag and pour the marinade over them. Gently massage the bag to coat the chops evenly in the marinade.
Seal the bag and marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Step 2: Preparing the Garlic-Honey Glaze
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine ¼ cup of dry red wine, 2 tbsp of honey, 1 tbsp of red wine vinegar, 1 garlic clove (minced), and 1 tsp of chopped fresh rosemary.
Bring the mixture to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer for about 10 minutes until thickened.
Remove from heat and set aside until ready to use.
Step 3: Grilling the Lamb Chops
Preheat your grill on medium-high heat.
Remove lamb chops from marinade and discard remaining marinade.
Lightly brush each chop with extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and black pepper.
Place lamb chops on the grill grates and cook on each side for about 5 minutes for medium-rare doneness or longer according to your preference.
In the last minute of grilling, brush each chop with garlic-honey glaze and let it caramelize.
Remove lamb chops from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.
Step 4: Serving and Pairing
Serve the grilled lamb chops with a side salad or grilled vegetables, and a glass of bold red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz. The depth of flavors in these wines perfectly complements the meaty richness of lamb.
Enjoy your delicious homemade grilled lamb chops with red wine marinade and garlic-honey glaze!
Substitutions and Variations
There are several substitutions and variations that you can make to this wine-barbecued lamb chops recipe to make it your own. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
– Lamb shoulder chops: If you can’t find lamb loin chops, you can use lamb shoulder chops instead. They are a more affordable option and work just as well in this recipe.
– Soy sauce: Instead of using Accent seasoning, which contains MSG, you could substitute it with soy sauce. It will add the same umami flavor to the marinade.
– Wine pairings: While red wine is the obvious choice for pairing with grilled lamb, feel free to experiment with other kinds of wine. A white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio can complement the flavors of the lamb nicely. If you’re feeling bold, try serving it with a dry rosé.
– Honey glaze: For a sweeter version of this recipe, replace the garlic rosemary marinade with a honey glaze. Just whisk together 1/4 cup honey, 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard, 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest, and salt and pepper to taste. Brush over the lamb chops during the last few minutes of grilling.
– Rack of lamb: This wine-barbecued technique also works great for cooking an entire rack of lamb. Simply marinate the rack in red wine and garlic for a few hours before grilling it to perfection.
These substitutions and variations will help you customize your wine-barbecued lamb chops to suit your preferences and make them stand out from the rest.
Serving and Pairing
These wine-barbecued lamb chops are a perfect main dish for a special dinner or a BBQ with friends and family. The savory red wine marinade combined with grilled lamb chops is an irresistible flavor combination that will have your taste buds singing with joy.
For a complete meal, serve these lamb chops with some roasted vegetables, like asparagus or sweet potatoes. The natural sweetness and crispy texture of the vegetables will balance out the richness of the lamb chops perfectly.
As for wine pairing, serving these lamb chops with a dry red wine will bring out the flavors of the marinade even more. A Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah would be my top recommendations to complement the boldness of the dish. However, if you prefer white wines, opt for a light-bodied white wine like Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay for a contrasting flavor profile.
Overall, these wine-barbecued lamb chops are sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next gathering. Just be prepared to receive compliments and requests for the recipe!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
If you are planning to make this delectable wine-barbecued lamb chops recipe but don’t have much time to prepare it on the day of the event, this section has got you covered. Here are some tips to make sure that your lamb chops stay perfectly barbecued, even when made ahead.
To simplify your workload on the day itself, marinate the lamb chops up to 24 hours beforehand. This technique not only saves time but also enhances the flavor of the meat. Place lamb chops in a sealed container with red wine, garlic, onion, and rosemary. Refrigerate overnight after adding marinade.
Suppose you have some leftover barbecued lamb chops, no worries! Store them correctly in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. Always use a shallow container so that they will cool faster and prevent any bacterial growth due to warmth. Before refrigerating, let the meat come down to room temperature naturally.
When reheating your delicious wine-barbecued lamb chops, bear in mind not to overheat them as they might become dry and tough. Use a microwave or stovetop method. If reheating using a microwave is preferred, cover the meat with a damp paper towel before heating it at 50% power for 2-3 minutes.
The above guidelines ensure that your wine-barbecued lamb chops come out like they were fresh from the barbecue pit, no matter when and how you choose to serve them again!
Tips for Perfect Results
To ensure your wine-barbecued lamb chops come out perfect, here are some tips to keep in mind:
1. Marinate the lamb chops overnight.
Marinating the lamb before cooking will help infuse it with flavor and tenderize the meat. Allow a minimum of four hours for marinating, but overnight is best. This will help the lamb absorb as much of the flavors from the marinade as possible.
2. Bring the lamb to room temperature before grilling.
Before cooking, remove the lamb chops from the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for around 30 minutes. This allows the meat to adjust to room temperature, ensuring even grilling and juicy results.
3. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
Heating your grill ahead of time ensures that it is at the right temperature when it’s time to start cooking. It also gives you better control over the heat level so that you can avoid overheating or undercooking.
4. Use a meat thermometer to check doneness.
To avoid overcooking or undercooking your lamb chops, use a thermometer to check their internal temperature. The USDA recommends cooking lamb meat to an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) for medium-rare doneness.
5. Let the lamb rest before serving.
Once cooked, let your lamb chops rest for five minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a more flavorful cut of meat.
By following these simple tips, you’ll be able to elevate your wine-barbecued lamb chops from simply tasty to absolutely delicious!
As with any recipe, there may be some questions or concerns along the way. Here are some frequently asked questions to help guide you through any issues that may arise while making this wine-barbecued lamb chops recipe.
What kind of wine do you use on lamb chops?
When it comes to pairing wine with lamb chops, my top picks would be Pinot noir, Bordeaux blends, and the bold Italian reds I previously mentioned. However, if you’re feeling adventurous, you could also try Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot with medium to full body. These options are bound to give your taste buds a ride!
What is the best wine pairing for lamb?
When it comes to indulging in lamb, red wine takes the crown for the best pairing. Sipping on a robust cabernet sauvignon, a classic Bordeaux or Chianti, is a match made in heaven with succulent lamb. However, for those who prefer the lighter taste of white wine, a glass of gewürztraminer or California chardonnay can be a delightful accompaniment to the meal too.
Should you sear lamb before grilling?
To prepare the lamb chops, it’s important to preheat the grill to a low-medium temperature of approximately 300 degrees. This method will involve cooking the chops over low heat initially, and then searing them over high heat later on. Once the grill is heated up to the required temperature, carefully place the lamb chops on it, and then lower the lid. Allow them to grill for around 10 minutes or until the internal temperature of the meat reaches approximately 110 degrees.
With this delicious Wine-Barbecued Lamb Chops Recipe, you’ll be able to wow your guests or family with an unforgettable dish. The combination of red wine, garlic, and honey provides a unique blend of flavors that’s sure to tantalize your taste buds.
But the recipe is not just about the taste, it’s also about the quality of the ingredients that make up this dish. From the fresh rosemary and lemon juice to the extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar, every ingredient has been carefully selected to ensure maximum flavor and quality.
What’s more, this recipe is adaptable, allowing for substitutions and variations so you can customize it to your liking. And with tips for perfect results, make-ahead instructions, and easy storage options, this recipe is incredibly convenient to prepare.
As a sommelier, I can’t help but suggest that you pair these juicy lamb chops with a nice glass of red wine – perhaps the same one used in the marinade. A dry red wine like a Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir will complement the flavors of the lamb perfectly.
In conclusion, this Wine-Barbecued Lamb Chops Recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves bold flavors and delicious food. Make it at your next dinner party or enjoy it with your family for a special occasion. Either way, you won’t regret trying out this outstanding dish!
Wine-Barbecued Lamb Chops Recipe
- 1/2 cup salad oil
- 1/2 cup red wine
- 2 tablespoons onions, grated
- 1 garlic clove, slashed
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon Accent seasoning (optional)
- 3 drops hot pepper sauce
- 6 thick lamb chops
- Make marinade by combining all ingredients except lamb chops in a bowl, mixing well.
- Pour over lamb chops in a shallow pan.
- Cover and store several hours or overnight in the refrigerator, turning chops occasionally.
- When ready to cook, remove chops from the marinade, drain and cook in preheated broiler 7-10 minutes on each side.
- Baste frequently with remaining marinade.
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