Living in New England, we enjoy all four seasons to their limits. That means, in the summer, we are at the beach, in the sun, and grilling in our backyard as often as possible.
Over the years, this dish has become our family's signature BBQ staple. Typically averse to lamb, this original recipe has turned around a life-long dislike of all things lamb-y. With proper marination and expert grilling, you'll see why we have loved this dish for over 5 years!
It starts out with fresh, bone-in lamb chops (see photo). We create a flavor-packed marinade with yogurt and pureed onion as its base, paired with an array of fragrant spices. Imagine: fresh lime juice, paprika, black pepper, allspice, garlic powder and cardamom -- all blended together with the onions and yogurt. Let the lamb chops take a nice, long soak in this yummy mixture for several hours or a day.
Then, it's time to grill!
That's it. Easy, peasy, (literally) lime-squeezey! Takes just minutes to prep and really freshens up boring hot dog and burger-only BBQs. Especially if you want to look like you've made a little more effort than, say, throwing frozen meat on the grill... these will do the trick!
They look like mini-steaks and are just as filling.
Bel hana wel shefa (Arabic: enjoy it with happiness and good health)! —Hajar D.
bone-in lamb chops
plain yogurt (I prefer full-fat, non-Greek)
medium onions, peeled and quartered
lemon or lime juice
salt, or to taste
red chili powder or flakes (optional, for added heat)