Roast Leg of Lamb

When I was a child, there was an advertisment on TV,  probably put together by a lamb farmers organisation, that promoted that having Mum’s roast lamb was better than a date with Tom Cruise.  This was in the era of Top Gun and Risky Business…at a time when he was at the top of his career (in my humble opinion).  Lamb was and still is a staple that most Aussies (and Kiwi’s too) consider to be a national meat.

Now I don’t know if I can live up to this kind of claim, but I think the BBQ lamb roast that I made for dinner last night was pretty good!  This is not a quick thing to make, but once its in the barbeque you can pretty much leave it alone.


Roast Lamb

  • 3kg leg of lamb
  • approx 10 cloves of garlic
  • approx 1/2 cup fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbl sp rock salt
  • 1 tbl sp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Crush the garlic and rosemary in a morter and pestle with the rock salt.


It will help to release the oils from the rosemary and act as another rough surface to crush the garlic.  Smear the mix all over the lamb with the olive oil and the cracked black pepper.  Sit in the fridge overnight.


Wrap the lamb well in aluminium foil and place into a metal baking dish with about a cup of water in the bottem.


To roast in your BBQ, well this is going to be very dependant on the size of your BBQ.  If it helps to give you an idea,  we have a 6 burner where I maintained an air temperature at approx 170-200 for the duration it was cooking.

This piece of meat took approx 2 1/2 hours to roast.


Allow to rest for approx 10 mins before serving sliced off the bone.  We had it with roast potato’s, which I added to the pan about 1 hour into the cooking process, and some blanched beans.  The leftovers have then become a sandwich with dijon mustard, labna and lettuce… and is probably going to also be dinner and lunch for the next few days.  The meat was moist and the flavour really aromatic from the garlic and rosemary.  A definate winner!


And for anyone that is curious, I’ve posted the ad below from youtube for you to check out… I’ve only just realised the girl turning down the dinner was Naomi Watts…who knew!!!

Happy BBQ’ing and Happy Eating,


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Kumu says:

    Sounds lovely! Im not a big fan of Lamb. but i’m going to give it a try with Chicken soon!


    1. Leah says:

      Oh that’s a good idea. I’d suggest a little bit of lemon rind too and it would be delicious with chicken.


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