spicy sweet rack of lamb

Spicy/Sweet Rack of Lamb

Here’s another awesome winner found through Men’s Journal magazine! This lamb ribs recipe from Trencherman, Chicago, may be slightly labor intensive, but will prove to be worth every bit of the effort.


Spicy/Sweet Rack of Lamb

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: difficult
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  • 10 Denver lamb ribs
  • Spice rub
  • Date molasses pok pok
  • Garnish: mint leaves, cilantro, thinly sliced green onions

Spice rub

  • 2 oz. coriander seeds
  • 3.5 oz. cumin seeds
  • 2.5 oz. black peppercorns
  • 1.5 oz. fennel seeds
  • 1.5 oz. yellow mustard seeds
  • 5.5 oz. kosher salt
  • 5.5 oz. dark brown sugar
  • 1 oz. garlic powder

Toast all of the whole spices and combine with salt, sugar, and garlic powder. Rub liberally on ribs and smoke or cook at 200 degrees for 1 hour, then turn temperature down to 160 degrees for 1 hour, and finally 150 degrees for 1 hour. Cool, portions of 7 to 8 oz. Fry on the pick up, toss with the date pok pok.

Pickled Thai chilies

  • 17.6 oz (500 g.) Thai chilies, washed, tops removed and a small hole poked in them (soaked in 5% brine overnight)
  • 35 oz. white vinegar
  • 35 oz. water
  • .9 oz. kosher salt
  • 1.2 oz. white sugar

Drain chilies from the brine, bring the vinegar, water, salt, and sugar to a boil. Pour liquid over the chilies, place a weight (like a bag of water) on the chilies to keep them submerged until they are room temperature.

Date molasses pok pok

  • 21 oz. date molasses
  • 1 oz. pickled Thai chilies, thinly sliced
  • 1.7 oz. pickling liquid from the Thai chilies
  • 50g fresh lime juice (the zest of the limes, as well)
  • 7 oz. Red boat fish sauce

Combine and serve.

Find more food and drink tips at Men’s Journal/Food & Drink/Recipes.

Steve D.

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