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Smoked Loin Lamb Chops - with Rosemary and Olive Oil

Easter is this Sunday and as tradition would have it, we are doing a special cut of lamb in the smoker.. Smoked lamb loin chops with rosemary and olive oil-- dry brined with coarse kosher salt and then seasoned to perfection with my original rub. Might be the best lamb I've done yet.
Course Entree
Cuisine Hot Smoking
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 4 -6
Author Jeff Phillips

Ingredients

  • 10-12 Lamb loin chops
  • Coarse kosher salt ((for dry brining))
  • Rosemary (, finely chopped)
  • Olive oil
  • Jeff's Original rub recipe

Instructions

  • Place lamb loin chops on a cooling rack or cookie sheet.
  • To dry brine, sprinkle salt generously on the top of the chops.
  • Place the chops in the fridge for 2 hours.
  • Remove the chops from the fridge, no rinsing is necessary.
  • Make an infusion of rosemary and olive oil by pouring ¼ cup of olive oil over 1 tablespoon of chopped rosemary. Let the infusion sit for about an hour before you use it if possible.
  • Brush the olive oil/rosemary on the top and sides of the lamb chops.
  • Sprinkle the top, bottom and sides of the chops with Jeff's original rub. Be as generous as you like.. it's low in salt and big on flavor.
  • Set up your smoker for cooking at 225°F with indirect heat.
  • Use a mix of pecan and apple for smoke for great results.
  • Monitor the internal temperature of the chops and when they reach 138 °F (medium rare) they are finished and should be removed from the smoker right away. This should take about 50 minutes.
  • Let the chops rest on the counter with foil tented over them for about 5-7 minutes.
  • Serve with a couple of Easter worthy sides and enjoy!