Ribs are one of the most classic dishes in fire cooking and barbecue, period. Smoky, sweet with some hidden flavors that seem to just melt in your mouth when you take the first bite. Well you have never had ribs like this before, because these are made with 100% American Lamb: introducing my new Honey Chipotle BBQ Lamb Ribs Recipe.
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Next, you need to get the right ribs. I highly recommend finding a local butcher that sells American lamb. You can use the American Lamb Board locator if you like right here! If you do not have access American Lamb, then check out Porter Road. Their selection of American Lamb is awesome, and it all ships to your house which is an added bonus. For this cook, I used Porter Road for my American BBQ Lamb Ribs.
The BBQ Lamb Ribs Rub
I dry rubbed my ribs first so that the seasoning would create a nice layer on the meat. This really helps later because it will give the bbq sauce some more surface to cling to when being added. I smoked the ribs indirectly at 225F for about 3 hours. I shot for an internal temperature around 205F, but bbq lamb ribs are very forgiving. Anything between 200-210F will be just fine on these.
The Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce
The next part is the Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce. This is a catch-all bbq sauce that you can add to literally anything. It is sweet, smoky and spicy all at the same time. Lathered the outside layer of the ribs with this about 30 minutes before the ribs came off. I also let the heat rise in the smoker to 300-350F just so the bbq lamb ribs could caramelize on the outside.
Time to Eat these BBQ Lamb Ribs!
Once the bbq lamb ribs are done, you pull them off and let them rest for 8-10 minutes. Slice into them and enjoy! The bbq sauce on the outside joins with the meat to make this awesome crispiness. Add more sauce on top if you like!
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BBQ Lamb Ribs like you have never had them before. Doused in a Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce while being smoked over fire. Tender and delicious!
- 2 American Lamb Ribs like from Porter Road
- 2 tbsp of Yellow Mustard
- 2 tbsp of Black Pepper coarse
- 1.5 tbsp of Sea Salt
- 1 tbsp of Chipotle Powder
- 2 tsp of Garlic Powder
- 2 tsp of Cumin
- ¼ cup of Ketchup
- ¼ cup of Chipotles in Adobo Sauce pureed
- 2 tbsp of Raw Honey
- 3 garlic cloves pressed
- 1.5 tbsp of Brown Sugar
- ½ Lime juiced
- Salt & pepper to taste
Using a knife, slice a crisscross pattern over the top fat of the lamb ribs to help rendure during smoking. Lather the ribs in yellow mustard then season thoroughly with the black pepper, sea salt, chipotle powder, garlic powder, and cumin.
Using a grill or smoker, start your fire with natural wood charcoal for an indirect cook. Set the grill/smoker for a consistent 225F.
When grill/smoker is ready, place lamb ribs on and cook for about 2 hours.
About 1 hour before the ribs are ready, cook over fire or on your stovetop with your bbq sauce pan. Add all the Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce ingredients to pan and bring to a low boil. Let cook for 5-8 minutes to fully immerse.
About 30 minutes before the ribs are ready, pour Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce over top of ribs and lather. Kick up your smoker for the last 30 minutes to 300-350F to caramelize the ribs. Once ribs are around 205F internal, pull them off and let rest for 8-10 minutes.
Slice ribs and enjoy!
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Derek is the driving force behind Over the Fire Cooking. He started cooking with live fire in 2016 and decided to start a social media page so his friends and family could follow the journey. Fast forward to today and Over the Fire Cooking has spread across multiple platforms with millions now following Derek’s fire cooking journey. He’s a southern fellow who enjoys everything from classic BBQ to Central and South American inspired dishes. Whatever he’s cooking up, it’s guaranteed to be so freakin’ delicious!