Moroccan Barbecued Lamb

Made this for Sophie’s birthday.


1/4 cup of butter, melted

3 T. olive oil

2 t. each of ground cumin, coriander, and paprika

1 T. thyme leaves

3 garlic cloves, crushed (or more…  MORE!)

Zest and juice of one lemon

3t. harissa

1 t. salt

Fresh ground black pepper

1 leg of lamb, butterflied

300 g. Greek yogurt

Handful of fresh coriander, roughly chopped



1.  Mix the butter and oil in a bowl, then add the spices, thyme, garlic, lemon zest and juice.  Add 2 t. harissa, 1 t. salt, and plenty of fresh ground black pepper.  Mix until thoroughly blended.

2.  Place the lamb in a shallow dish and spoon over marinade, making sure to coat all sides.  Rub the marinade into the meat with your fingers to make sure every bit is coated.  Cover with plastic wrap or foil, and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours to three days.

3.  On the barbecue, grill at high temperature for 5 minutes on a side, then place on smoking rack or move coals to the sides of the grill, and allow meat to cook for 45 minutes, turning occasionally.  This will give pink meat.

4.  Remove meat from grill, cover lightly with foil, and allow to stand for 15 minutes before carving.

5.  To prepare the sauce, mix 1 t. harissa into yogurt, add chopped cilantro and a pinch of salt.  You can make this the night before, or add more harissa if you want a stronger flavor.

6.  Carve lamb into thick slices, and serve with sauce and couscous.


I added an additional t. of harissa to the marinade to give the lamb a somewhat stronger flavor.  Also, I recommend letting the lamb sit for up to a couple of days, since there is not that much salt in the marinade.  If you want a faster marinade, add an additional t. of salt.
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Lemon-Rosemary-Garlic marinade

4 cloves of garlic

1/4 cup sesame or olive oil

Juice of 1 lemon

2 t. fresh rosemary


Fresh ground pepper

1 lb of chicken, beef, or lamb, cut into chunks for grilling

In a pan, heat the oil to medium heat, then cook the garlic until browned.  Remove garlic.  Remove oil from heat and allow to cool.

Mash garlic in garlic press and add to the oil.  Add lemon juice, rosemary, and salt & pepper to taste.  Add the meat and mix thoroughly until coated.  Marinate for 24-48 hours.

Marinated Rosemary Lemon Chicken


  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, mix the lemon juice, olive oil, and rosemary. Place the chicken and lemon slices in the bag. Seal, and shake to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat the grill for high heat.
  3. Lightly oil the grill grate. Discard marinade, and grill chicken 8 minutes per side, or until juices run clear. Don’t worry about the rosemary sticking to the chicken, it tastes great when it’s grilled. If you use fresh rosemary sprigs, throw the stems onto the coals – they give the chicken even more of a smoky rosemary flavor!
This is what I am marinating the chicken for tomorrow’s barbecue in.

Beer Marinade for Steak

From Discovery Fit and Health

1 12-ounce bottle pilsner beer

1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice

1 medium onion, finely chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely chopped

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Just sprinkle the steak with salt (not too much!) and fresh pepper, very lightly coat with heart-healthy olive oil, and place in a large plastic bag. Pour in marinade, making sure steak is entirely submerged. Marinate for at least two and up to six hours — then throw on the grill, cook to at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit for safety, and enjoy!

I just threw all the ingredients in a food processor and wazzed them all up together.  Took about 5 minutes.

Also, I decided to salt and pepper the steaks after marinating them.  I know the marinade won’t penetrate as well without the salt, so I am upping the marinade time to 24 hours.  I usually like to marinade for at least 24 hours anyway, because I think all the stuff about 8 hours being all it takes is horseshit.  No, I don’t care what Alton Brown says.  Or America’s Test Kitchen.  

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