Hoisin barbecued lamb chops

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PREP TIME

10 min

Makes

3 to 4 servings

* PLUS Grilling Time: 10 minutes, Marinating Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp barbecue sauce , or ketchup
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp dark sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger , or 2 1/2 tsp bottled chopped ginger
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp chili-garlic sauce , or 1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 8 lamb loin chops , at least 1-in. thick
  • generous pinches salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

Instructions

  • In a bowl, stir hoisin with barbecue sauce, vinegar, oils, ginger, Worcestershire and chili-garlic sauce. Trim excess fat from lamb chops. Pour marinade into a large plastic bag. Add chops. Push meat down into marinade, then squeeze out as much air as possible from bag. Seal tightly with an elastic band as close to meat as you can. Place in a bowl. Let stand at room temperature at least 30 minutes or refrigerate overnight.
  • When ready to barbecue, oil grill and heat barbecue to medium. Bring chops to room temperature if refrigerated overnight. Remove lamb from marinade and place on hot grill. Barbecue with lid closed 5 to 6 minutes, then generously brush tops of chops with remaining marinade. Discard any marinade not used. Turn over and continue to grill another 5 minutes, uncovered, for medium-rare. Remove to a platter. Sprinkle with salt, then mint and serve with extra hoisin sauce for dipping. Great with grilled vegetable kebabs and stir-fried roasted red peppers or baby potatoes.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 226,
  • Protein
  • 19 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 9 g,
  • Fat
  • 12.3 g,
  • Fibre
  • 0.8 g,
  • Sodium
  • 365 mg.

Tangy hoisin sauce makes an intriguing barbecue base for lamb without diminishing the meat’s delicate flavour.

Oven broiling

Place oven rack 3 inches (7.5 cm) from broiler. Preheat broiler. For easy cleanup, line a shallow- sided baking sheet with foil. Place a rack on foil and arrange chops on top. Broil 7 minutes. Turn lamb. Generously brush tops of chops with marinade. Broil 3 to 4 more minutes for medium-rare meat. Serve sprinkled with salt and mint.