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Grilled Lamb Shoulder with Lemon, Garlic and Rosemary

Colder weather in Provence, or anywhere else, is the perfect excuse for making hearty dishes and serving wines that complement the earthy flavours. Below is a recipe for grilled lamb shoulder with a lemon, garlic and rosemary infusion from author, chef, and journalist Susan Herrmann Loomis.

This recipe comes from her cookbook French Grill: 125 Refined & Rustic Recipes, published in 2018. In addition to publishing 14 best-selling books, Susan Herrmann Loomis founded the Dancing Tomatoes website, where you can read more about this talented lady. Based in Paris, with 20 years of teaching experience, Loomis offers live cooking classes via video link and a collection of traditional six 4-course menus in her Plat du Jour video archive.

Grilled Lamb Shoulder French Menu

Lemon, Garlicky, Rosemary Lamb Shoulder

Susan Herrmann Loomis
Cooked over hot coals (or a gas BBQ), the lamb shoulder is infused with a lemon, garlic, and rosemary mixture before cooking. Enjoy this epaule d'agneau au citron, ail et romarin from the French Grill cookbook by Susan Herrmann Loomis.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 44 minutes
4 hours
Total Time 5 hours 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine French, Provencal
Servings 7 people



  • 1/3 cup Fresh Rosemary Leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves green germ removed if necessary
  • 1 zest of one lemon
  • 1 Lamb Shoulder, boned ( about 3 to 3-1/2 lbs or 1.5- 1.75kg )
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Coarse Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Coarsely Ground Green white and black peppercorns


  • Mince together the rosemary leaves, garlic, and lemon zest and transfer to a small bowl.
  • Make six ½-inch (1.25cm) deep slits in the lamb shoulder.  Insert as much of the rosemary mixture as you can in each slit. Mix the remaining mixture with the olive oil and rub it over the lamb shoulder. Let the lamb sit at room temperature for 2 hours up to overnight. If leaving the lamb overnight, wrap and refrigerate it and remove it from the refrigerator at least 2 hours before grilling, so it is at room temperature.
  • Build a good-sized fire about 25 minutes before you plan to cook the lamb shoulder. When the coals are red and dusted with ash, divide them in the barbecue, putting half the coals on either side. Set a BBQ grill pan in the middle of the coals, then set the grill over the coals.
  • When the grill is hot, place the lamb shoulder in the centre, over the drip pan, sprinkle salt and a bit of freshly ground pepper over the shoulder, and close the grill making sure the air holes are open in the top and the body of the barbecue. Grill for 12 minutes until the shoulder is pale gold on the grill side. Turn the shoulder, season with salt and pepper and grill for another 12 minutes. Transfer the shoulder to the part of the grill over the coals, cover, and grill until the shoulder is deep golden, about 10 minutes. Turn and repeat. NOTE: The interior temperature of the lamb should now be about 150F (65.5C) which means it is medium and, to my way of thinking, perfectly cooked; if you like it rarer, brown it on just one side; if you like it more well done, adjust the initial cooking time in the centre of the grill accordingly.
  • Transfer the lamb from the grill to a cutting board that will catch the juices, and let it sit for at least 10 minutes and up to 20 minutes before slicing the lamb. Drain the juices into a small pitcher and serve alongside the meat.
Keyword BBQ, Garlic, Lamb, Lamb Shoulder, Lemon, Rosemary
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With her camera and laptop close at hand, Carolyne has traded in her business suits for the world of freelance writing and blogging. Her first airplane ride at six months of age was her introduction to the exciting world of travel.

While in Provence, Carolyne can be found hiking with friends, riding the hills around the Alpilles or tackling Mont Ventoux. Her attachment to the region resonates in Perfectly Provence this digital magazine that she launched in 2014. This website is an opportunity to explore the best of the Mediterranean lifestyle (food & wine, places to stay, expat stories, books on the region, travel tips, real estate tips and more), through our contributors' articles.

Carolyne writes a food and travel blog Ginger and Nutmeg. Carolyne’s freelance articles can be found in Global Living Magazine, Avenue Magazine and City Palate (Published Travel Articles).

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