Last updated March 31, 2019

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Own your party by serving smoked pulled lamb sliders with beer-braised onions and Carolina mustard BBQ sauce.

lamb slider with red cabbage and mustard sauce

You could throw a traditional party with wings and dips, but would it be memorable? Would it leave people talking about how your food is the bombdiggity?

Don’t just have a party. Own it. Serve something new, like these smoked pulled Aussie lamb sliders.

In 2017, I attended an Aussie Meat Up event where I learned how to butcher an entire lamb. Together, with a handful of some of America’s amazing executive chefs, we prepared a variety of dishes cooking nose to tail. World Food Champion, George Shore from Pitmaker BBQ smoked up his lamb on the Big Green Egg; while I grilled up some lamb burgers with my TeamMate.

table of butchered lamb cuts

For today’s pulled lamb sliders recipe, you can use leg of lamb or lamb shoulder. Both come from the upper part of the leg. Leg of lamb is cut from the hind legs, while the shoulder is cut from the front legs. The shoulder is a little more fatty, so it’s more forgiving. Work with what your local store carries. I grab my Aussie lamb from Costco.

The rub for this is super simple and is made up of ingredients you probably already have in the pantry. Trim the excess fat from the outside of the meat. Rub it down, and refrigerate it overnight for a dry brine. Then, smoke it in a pan of onions and beer. I chose an Aussie ale to stick with the theme.

After an hour, mop those juices all over the smoked lamb, and continue mopping every 30 minutes. To make sure the lamb is nice and tender, cover it with foil to finish cooking it.

brushing a smoked lamb with a BBQ mop in a pan

When it’s time to party, pull the lamb and start building your sliders on toasted buns. Top the meat with those beer braised onions. Add a little red cabbage for color, and then finish with a Carolina style mustard BBQ sauce for added tang.

an open face lamb sandwich with red cabbage and mustard sauce

lamb slider with red cabbage and mustard sauce

Smoked Pulled Aussie Lamb Sliders with Carolina Barbecue Sauce

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lamb, sliders
Prep Time: 1 day
Cook Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 day 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 16 sliders
Calories: 235 kcal
Author: Christie Vanover

Own your party by serving smoked pulled lamb sliders with beer-braised onions and Carolina mustard BBQ sauce.

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Ingredients

  • 5 lbs Aussie boneless leg of lamb or shoulder
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsps black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 sweet onion sliced
  • 1/2 bottle beer
  • 16 slider buns toasted
  • red cabbage shredded
  • Carolina mustard BBQ sauce

Instructions

  1. Trim the excess fat from the lamb. Combine the salt, brown sugar, pepper, garlic powder, dry mustard and cumin. Rub all over the lamb. Refrigerate overnight.

  2. The next day, heat the grill to 300F with an indirect heat zone.

  3. Place the onions in a disposable aluminum pan. Add a half a bottle of beer. Place the lamb on top of the onions. Place on the smoker; close the lid.

  4. After the first hour and every 30 minutes after that, mop the lamb with the juices in the pan.

  5. In about 2 hours, once the lamb has a mahogany color, cover the pan with foil. Continue cooking, until the internal temperature of the lamb reaches 200F, about 45 minutes.

  6. Separate the onions from the pan and reserve. Pull the lamb and toss with the juices.

  7. Build your sliders on toasted buns with pulled lamb, braised onions and shredded cabbage. Top with Carolina mustard BBQ sauce.

Tips

Lamb from Down Under is free-range and naturally fed on Australia's abundant pasturelands, so it's mild tasting and naturally lean and tender.

Nutrition Facts
Smoked Pulled Aussie Lamb Sliders with Carolina Barbecue Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 235 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 592mg26%
Potassium 318mg9%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 50IU1%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 2.7mg15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.