Smoked Rack of Lamb with Herb Paste

Smoked rack of lamb or smoked lamb chops just can’t fail to impress. This recipe accents and accentuates the wonderful lamb taste with madeira wine, fresh herbs, and shallot, along with smoke, which is the magic ingredient! Everyone will love this Frenched rack with herb paste and there are plenty of tasty side dishes which would go perfectly alongside.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked rack of lamb with herb paste made on a Traeger grill or pellet smoker.

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Looking for a delicious recipe to make with your Traeger grill or pellet smoker? You can’t go wrong with this simple yet exquisite smoked rack of lamb. You only need ten ingredients along with smoker pellets to add an incredibly wood smoke aroma and flavour.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked rack of lamb with herb paste made on a Traeger grill or pellet smoker.
Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked rack of lamb with herb paste made on a Traeger grill or pellet smoker.

Smoked Rack of Lamb Ingredients

Needless to say, the lamb is the main ingredient in this Traeger grill or pellet smoker recipe. Choose a pair of Frenched racks. Grapeseed oil, madeira wine, garlic oregano, thyme, rosemary, and shallot also feature.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked rack of lamb with herb paste made on a Traeger grill or pellet smoker.

How to Smoke a Frenched Rack of Lamb?

Whether you’re making a rack of lamb or smoked lamb chops, the principles are the same. Give the lamb several hours over a low heat to infuse with wonderful smoky flavours.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked rack of lamb with herb paste made on a Traeger grill or pellet smoker.

The first step in the recipe is to preheat your Traeger grill or pellet smoker. Close the lid and let it reach about 200 degrees F. Meanwhile, use a sharp knife to score the fatty side of the lamb and then add salt and black pepper to season.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked rack of lamb with herb paste made on a Traeger grill or pellet smoker.
Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked rack of lamb with herb paste made on a Traeger grill or pellet smoker.

Cut half the shallot into thin slices and put them under the lamb. Mix the rest of the shallot with the oil, wine, garlic, oregano, and fresh herbs, in a blender, to make the herb paste. Add a little more salt and black pepper to taste.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked rack of lamb with herb paste made on a Traeger grill or pellet smoker.

Arrange the lamb on a baking sheet and brush the herb paste over it. Now all you have to do is smoke it for about 2½ hours or until it’s 145 degrees F in the center. Cut the smoked rack of lamb into individual ribs to serve.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked rack of lamb. You will love this Frenched rack smoked lamb chops.

Choosing Which Wood to Use for Smoking

Lamb has a bold flavour which means you will need to use a bold type of smoking pellet or smoking chips. Hickory is always good and a classic pairing with lamb, but mesquite and apple wood pellets would also yield a delicious result, so take your pick or even use a combination.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked rack of lamb. You will love this Frenched rack smoked lamb chops.
Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked rack of lamb. You will love this Frenched rack smoked lamb chops.

How to Tell When Smoked Lamb is Done

As you know, there are different doneness levels and everyone has their own preferred way! Many people prefer their lamb to be medium-rare or even rare. The best way to tell when it’s done to your liking is use a meat thermometer. Although ground lamb should be cooked to 160 degrees F (because of how it’s made), a rack of lamb is best if you don’t let it go any higher than 145 degrees F. This will yield a beautifully juicy result. Make sure you are testing the thickest part of the meat so you get an accurate measurement.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked rack of lamb. You will love this Frenched rack smoked lamb chops.
Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked rack of lamb. You will love this Frenched rack smoked lamb chops.

FAQs about Smoking Lamb

What does ‘Frenched rack’ mean exactly?

If you’re wondering what a Frenched rack of lamb is, you’re not alone. I was very curious too the first time I heard it. This term refers to the meat and fat being removed from the bones and it just makes it look prettier. You can either get a Frenched rack already prepared from the grocery store or else just ask a butcher to cut it this way for you.

What are some serving ideas for smoked rack of lamb?

Lamb ribs or even smoked lamb chops suit a variety of sides, including roasted sweet potatoes or mashed potatoes. Scalloped potatoes au gratin are also great with lamb, or consider smoked asparagus or even focaccia bread. Other ideas include roasted onions and carrots, green beans or even a simple buttered pasta side. The sky is the limit really with sides, so just make whatever you’re in the mood for.

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked rack of lamb. You will love this Frenched rack smoked lamb chops.
Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked rack of lamb. You will love this Frenched rack smoked lamb chops.

Smoked Rack of Lamb with Herb Paste Recipe

Food blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella, shares a recipe for smoked rack of lamb with herb paste made on a Traeger grill or pellet smoker.

Smoked Rack of Lamb with Herb Paste

Course: Main Course, Meals
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ, smoker
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 366kcal
Author: Bella
Smoked rack of lamb or smoked lamb chops just can't fail to impress. Everyone will love this Frenched rack with herb paste and there are plenty of tasty side dishes which would go perfectly alongside.
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Ingredients

  • 1.5 Pounds rack of lamb Frenched
  • 2 Tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • 2 Tablespoon madeira wine
  • 9 Cloves garlic
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 2 Teaspoon Oregano
  • 3 Sprigs thyme fresh
  • 3 Sprigs rosemary fresh
  • 1 shallot
  • Pellets used: hickory

Instructions

  • Preheat the smoker to 200 degrees F for 15 minutes with the lid closed
  • Score the fatty side of the lamb. Season both sides with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Slice the shallot in half. Thinly slice one half of the shallot and place the slices under the lamb.
  • Next, add the remaining half of the shallot, grapeseed oil, madeira wine, garlic cloves, salt, pepper, oregano, fresh thyme, and rosemary to a food processor or blender. Blend into a paste.
  • Place the lamb racks onto a baking sheet with the curved side facing down. Brush the paste over the top of the lamb racks.
  • Smoke until the internal temperature of the lamb reaches 145 degrees F (about 2.5 hours)
  • Slice lamb into individual ribs.

Nutrition

Calories: 366kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 436mg | Potassium: 209mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.5g | Vitamin A: 39IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

To go all out to impress without having to make anything complicated, try a smoked rack of lamb. Smoked lamb chops or ribs are heavenly smothered with herb paste and smoked to perfection on a Traeger grill or pellet smoker. So ‘slam in the lamb’ and expect an incredible result!

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  1. Kirsten Dunlop wrote:

    5 stars
    I haven’t had lamb in so long. I think it is time to give this recipe a try

    Posted 8.6.22 Reply