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Grilled Lemon Thyme Lamb Chops

Well, I’ve decided to put my Smoked Ribs on hold…the forecast includes rain and the last thing I want to deal with is having my ribs cooked halfway and it starts to rain!   So today’s post is of last night’s meal, which I luckily remembered to take pictures of (although I had to use my iPhone because my camera battery was dead!).

This is the first time I’ve grilled lamb chops and they came out great! It also the first time I ever marinated them. Also, I should mention that I don’t eat lamb…I’ve eaten it and I’ll taste it when Hubby has it but there’s something that I just can’t get past when thinking about the poor little baby sheep that I am consuming. It’s totally in my head, I know…because everytime I have eaten it it’s tasted really good. I am a total carnivore and LOVE meat…and I have no problem consuming anything else that was once a cute animal…so I guess it is just one of my many unusual little quirks!

Anyway, I have one “top secret” lamb chop recipe that I typically use to make Hubby his lamb chops. He has labelled them “Restaurant Worthy” and therefore when I do experiment with other lamb chop recipes they don’t live up to the original. Since I am totally in love with my grill I wanted to try something new….I scoured the internet to find something unique, but came up empty so when I was at the farmer’s market and saw all the fresh herbs they had I was inspired to create something on my own.

For this recipe I would definitely recommend only using all fresh ingredients. Do not substitute dried herbs for the fresh and make sure you use real lemons and not bottled lemon juice. Also, make sure to watch your grill closely because the marinade will cause the grill to shoot up flames…which you want because it adds good flavor, but if the fire does not go out it will burn the outside before the inside can get done. If the flames will not die down, simply move the chops to a cooler part of the grill.

I served these with a side of grilled veggies and my grilled twice baked potatoes. These would also taste great with a side of garlic mashed potatoes!

Grilled Lemon Thyme Lamb Chops

4-6 lamb chops

1/4 cup olive oil

1 lemon, cut in half

3 cloves garlic

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper

3-4 sprigs of thyme

  1. In a blender or food processor add the olive oil, garlic cloves, thyme leaves, salt and pepper, and juice of half of the lemon.
  2. Blend/process until well combined.
  3. Add chops and marinade to a ziploc bag and allow to marinate in refrigerator for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Remove chops from refrigerator about 10-15 minutes before grilling.
  4. Lightly oil grill grate and preheat for about 5 minutes to medium heat (around 400 degrees).
  5. Grill chops for 5-6 minutes per side. (More or less time depending on preference of rare or medium chops)
  6. Before serving, sprinkle chops with remaining juice from other half of lemon, if desired. Allow chops to rest for 5-10 minutes after removing from grill.

Nothing Like a Steak on the Grill

I love spring and I especially love summer. I love when it is hot out! Call me crazy but it just makes me feel so good! And we got our new grill just in time for the warm weather. We saw this cool one at Home Depot…it is a 5 burner grill plus a smoker! I cannot wait to use it. Hubby ordered it for me and it came the other day.

While he was out and about I thought I would surprise him and start putting it together. I was in the middle of assembly when he came home and took over. This was my way of saying “thanks” for all his help with the garden bed.

Now I know he was very appreciative of  my help with putting this beast together, but what I’m sure he was most happy about was this great steak dinner I prepared.

(By the way, that little piece on the right cut off from the steak is my 3 oz. portion… 😦 a whopping 5 WW points plus!!)

So, here is an easy steak marinade recipe. If you’re able to whip this up in advance I’d recommend marinating overnight. As always with marinade the longer you leave it in the better the flavor will be. I only marinated the steak for about 1 1/2 hours but it still had an awesome flavor. For the side, I made a foil packet of potatoes, corn, and onions seasoned with salt, pepper, thyme and rosemary and a little splash of olive oil, which I threw on the grill with the steak. Yummy Yummy!!

Here’s to grilling season!!!

Easy Steak Marinade (Makes enough to marinate about 16 oz. of steak)

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring

1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)

  1. In a small bowl, whisk all ingredients together. Place meat in a Ziploc bag and add the marinade.
  2. Marinate for at least an hour, but for best results allow to marinate 12-24 hours.
  3. Grill steaks to desired doneness.
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