How to cook a shoulder of lamb

Lamb shoulder is one of the least expensive cuts of lamb, yet it is easy to make into a tender and succulent dinner. Although leg of lamb is more expensive than shoulder, the cooking results you can have with shoulder make it the more desirable cut to prepare and serve. Lamb shoulder prepared slowly and simply in a crock-pot will turn out beautiful and delectable every time.

Wash the lamb shoulder under cool water and pat it dry with paper towels. Place the lamb shoulder onto the cutting board.

Separate all of the garlic cloves from the garlic bulb and peel them all. Cut each clove into halves or thirds.

Make slits in the lamb shoulder with the tip of the paring knife and insert each prepared sliver of garlic into the lamb. Space the garlic slivers evenly over the entire surface of the lamb.

Place the lamb into the crock-pot.

Combine the honey, balsamic vinegar, chicken broth, red wine, Dijon mustard, and soy sauce in a bowl and mix the ingredients well. Pour the liquid ingredients over the lamb in the crock-pot.

Measure and combine the dried herbs and sprinkle them over the lamb. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Cover the crock-pot and set it to low. Cook the lamb for approximately seven to eight hours. Use the instant-read thermometer to determine when the lamb is finished cooking. The lamb will be medium rare when the temperature is 62.8 degrees C. The lamb will be medium when the temperature is 71.1 degrees C. The lamb will be well done when the temperature is 76.7 degrees C.

Things You'll Need

  • Deboned lamb shoulder (2.27kg)
  • 1 bulb garlic
  • Cutting board
  • Paring knife
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup red wine
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp each dried rosemary, tarragon, thyme and basil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Crockpot
  • Instant-read thermometer
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