How to Cook BBQ Butterflied Lamb

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If you love your lamb, then you’ll love butterflied lamb! With just the right preparation, you can try out any butterflied lamb recipes available, and experience that same delicious taste.

Here are some great tips to keep in mind when barbecuing lamb:

  • Take the lamb out of the fridge for about 15 to 30 minutes prior cooking.
  • Light your barbecue 40 minutes (charcoal) or 10 minutes (gas) before you start cooking.
  • There should be no direct heat underneath the lamb.
  • Avoid lifting the barbecue lid too often.
  • Give the lamb time to rest when you’re done cooking, in order to give the meat juices time to redistribute.

Barbecued Butterflied Lamb

One of the best butterflied lamb recipes for beginners is Barbecued Butterflied Lamb. Easy to prepare and cook, this is definitely one of our favourite butterflied lamb recipes to try at home.


  • 1.5 kg boned lamb leg, butterflied
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 large lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup stuffed green olives, chopped
  • 3/4 cup whole-egg mayonnaise
  • 6 potatoes, thickly sliced, to serve


  1. In a large but shallow ceramic dish, carefully combine the garlic, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, paprika, and oil.
  2. Season the lamb with salt and pepper. Make sure that both sides are covered with seasoning.
  3. To allow the marinade to penetrate, score the lamb skin.
  4. Place the lamb in the marinade. Again, make sure that the lamb is coated with the marinade.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 hours.
  6. When you’re about to cook the lamb, simply remove it from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking. This will allow the lamb to get to room temperature.
  7. To make green olive mayonnaise, combine mayonnaise, paprika, olives, and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice in a bowl.
  8. Season the mixture with salt and pepper, making sure to stir well so the seasoning distributes throughout the mixture. Cover and keep refrigerated until you are ready to serve your lamb.
  9. To prepare the barbecue grill or plate, spray with olive oil.
  10. Then preheat on high heat, and reduce the heat to medium-high setting.
  11. Take your butterflied lamb, and cook on both sides for approximately 10 minutes, or until cooked to your liking.
  12. Reduce the heat to medium low and cover the BBQ butterflied lamb with a barbecue hood. If you don’t have a barbecue hood, simply take a large roasting pan and use this as a barbecue hood.
  13. Leave your BBQ butterflied lamb to cook for an additional 15 minutes.
  14. Remove from heat and cover the lamb loosely with foil so the heat doesn’t completely dissipate.
  15. Let the lamb rest in a warm place for 10 minutes before serving.
  16. Serve with green olive mayonnaise and sliced potatoes.
  17. Enjoy!

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