Lamb. It’s the stuff of my childhood in Australia. We often had “chops or sausages” for dinner when I was growing up. The chops were ALWAYS lamb chops. Loved them. It’s a flavour that always brings me back to simpler times of “meat and three veg” and when I cook lamb nowadays, I’m drawn to more simple preparations – nothing too fancy
I’m the first to admit that while I still love lamb, I don’t buy it often enough. To be honest, when I first came to Canada 15+ years ago, it wasn’t easy to find lamb (at least where I shopped). And when you did, it was always giant sized portions – I don’t know about you but for me, when it’s just two people eating, a huge leg of lamb is not that appetizing on its third day of being leftovers.
So when I was offered a chance to check out LAMB CLUB®‘s handcrafted grill pack recently, I jumped at the chance. A box of four different cuts of lamb, each serving two people? Sounds pretty perfect for our household of two.
LAMB CLUB® is a privately-owned farming operation based on the North Island of New Zealand with approximately 60,000 breeding ewes, specialising in lamb meat and by-products. LAMB CLUB® is unique in New Zealand in that they maintain near capacity processing year-round. Their meat and products (including offal and skins) have been sold and marketed all over the world and now they’re farming in Canada as well.
For the past four years, LAMB CLUB® has been building the largest, most advanced sheep operation in Canada. They now have three farms and a number of multiplier flocks located in Manitoba totalling 20,000 breeding ewes. Their aim is to produce similar lambs in the two hemispheres to ensure that really good lamb from North America is available here year round.
In New Zealand, LAMB CLUB® processes lambs through a boutique facility using only real people – no robots! – and a team of butchers is dedicated to creating handcrafted, grill-ready lamb cuts. These cuts are the quality a farmer himself would choose to eat and are designed to be barbecued by home cooks.
A handcrafted grill pack designed for home cooks
In the handcrafted grill pack, each cut is designed to be ready in a maximum of 35 minutes making this a convenient choice for a weeknight dinner. The smaller cuts in the packs are designed for 2 people which is perfect for us – the traditional larger legs and shoulder cuts are sometimes too big. All the cuts are designed for the grill (or pan seared then finished in the oven) and are super easy to prepare. A lot of people might not think about lamb as being a weeknight choice – many people think lamb is complicated – but these cuts shine on their own with very minimal preparation.
All that’s recommended for these cuts is a generous seasoning of ground sea salt and pepper and a rub with olive oil. Then you simply heat your grill, sear the outside of the lamb and cook it until it’s done to your liking (roughly 30 minutes per cut).
With lamb, it’s best to cook it medium rare (so it remains pink through the centre of the cut) and the recommended times should produce perfect medium rare. Though generally the timing for each cut was pretty spot-on when we cooked them, I do find especially when cooking on a BBQ (which can be unpredictable), it’s useful to have a meat thermometer to check the “doneness.
Here’s our tiny roast for two: Ready in 45 minutes from the time I lit the BBQ. Not bad for what many people still consider a dish in the “Sunday lunch” league.
What do you think? Both Neil and I were impressed with the handcrafted grill pack. Gorgeous presentation, easy-to-follow instructions and a high quality product make this something I’d definitely consider purchasing again. Knowing I have cuts of meat in the freezer that require very little preparation is important for me right now as I plow through recipe development for my book. Because at the end of the day, I want to sit down to a square meal (yes, “meat and three veg”, even!) but I don’t want to spend hours cooking it. This fits the bill nicely for the weeknight scenario but it would also work for a fancier meal. Highly recommended.
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Lamb Club. I received compensation and product in exchange for promoting the handcrafted grill pack and Lamb Club. As always, all opinions are my own and I only write about products I have tested and can recommend myself.
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