Perfectly Grilled Lamb Rib or Loin Chops

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Perfectly Grilled Lamb Rib or Loin Chops

About This Recipe

Yield:serves 4
Active time:20 minutes
Total time:1 hour 15 minutes
Special equipment:Grill
This recipe appears in: How to Grill Perfect Lamb Rib or Loin Chops


  • 8 bone-in lamb rib or loin chops, cut 1 1/4- to 1 1/2-inches thick
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Large disposable aluminum pan
  • Type of fire: two-zone indirect
  • Grill heat: high


  1. 1

    Salt lamb on both sides and let sit at room temperature for 40 minutes while preparing grill.

  2. 2

    Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and arrange the coals on one side of the charcoal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Alternatively, set half the burners on a gas grill to high. Cover and preheat for 10 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Oil and pepper lamb chops and place on cool side of grill. Cover with an aluminum pan and let cook until instant read thermometer inserted into thickest part of chops registers 110°F for rare or 120°F for medium-rare.

  3. 3

    Move lamb to hot side of grill and cook until browned on both sides, 2-3 minutes per side and instant read thermometer inserted into thickest part of chops registers 120°F for rare or 130°F for medium-rare. Transfer to a platter and let rest for 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

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