The RV comes to a stop, the door opens, and a family spills out onto the campsite. Up goes the awning, out come the chairs. Firewood is gathered and before we know it, a roaring fire beckons for dinner to be cooked.
The perfect outdoor adventure always centers around a firepit and a perfectly charred, smokey meal. This summer, make American Lamb part of your outdoor adventures, and you could win a $2,000 credit to Outdoorsy to plan your next big outdoor getaway (see below for details).
But before we get into that, let’s talk about how to make the perfect campfire lamb recipes — which will come in handy if you want to win!
Tips to grill the perfect lamb dinner
And, cooking American Lamb over fire is easy to do. You don’t even need a fancy grill or smoker!
Choose your setup
Cooking over a live fire doesn’t require much. Fire pits, campfires, and homemade fire rings all work great — just be sure to have a stable surface for your meat or pan. And, always be mindful of the size of your flames.
When choosing your fuel source, you want to consider heat and flavor. Woods like hardwoods and fruitwoods easily break down into coals and provide an exceptional smoky flavor that won’t overpower your lamb. Lump charcoal is always a great backup too!
Watch your temperatures
When cooking over an open flame it’s important to time your cooking – too early and the meat will burn, too late and it won’t cook. The best time to place your meat over the heat source is when the wood is transitioning from black to gray and turning into charcoal.
Another easy tip to remember is this: hold your hand 4 inches from the fire. If you can hold it there for more than 4 seconds you need more heat, if you can’t hold it for more than 1-2 seconds it’s too hot.
Keep it simple
Keep a close eye on your meat as it cooks, and be sure to constantly monitor the health of your fire. When cooking over an open flame sometimes it’s best to keep things simple with a simple seasoning and a cast iron pan – this helps create a delicious, rich crust on your lamb and evenly distributes the heat.
Ready to get cooking? Here’s a campfire recipe to get you inspired.
Cast iron American lamb chop recipe
Want a 5-star meal at your campsite? This is the easy lamb chop recipe for you.
- 4 American Lamb Loin Chops
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 1/4 cup of white wine
- 1 Garlic bud (minced)
- 1 Lemon (halved)
- Black Pepper
- Sea Salt
- Olive Oil
- Parsley (chopped)
1. Build a fire & preheat your skillet
Start campfire until it reaches medium-high heat. Preheat cast-iron skillet over fire 2-3 minutes before cooking in it.
2. Season your lamb & place on the skillet
When lamb chops are at room temperature, lather with olive oil and season with sea salt and black pepper. Add a little bit of olive oil to the cast iron, and place lamb in cast iron for 4 mins on the first side.
3. Flip & cook the other side
When ready, flip lamb chops on the other side for another 4 minutes.
4. Butter the lamb
While cooking, add garlic & white wine to the skillet. Place butter on top of each lamb chop and let melt into the sauce below.
5. Top with parsley & serve
Once done cooking, pull cast iron off the fire, sprinkle chopped parsley, and serve immediately.
Tip: Pour the butter sauce on top of lamb for more flavor!
Other lamb recipes
Fuel your adventurous side, and head to American Lamb for more lamb recipes, cooking tips, lamb cuts, and more!
You’ll find endless recipes, including:
Once you’ve chosen your lamb recipes, it’s time to get cooking and start winning!
Now that you’re ready to start grilling with American Lamb, make sure to bring out your camera or phone to record the action. Why? So you can win an RV road trip, of course!
Share a short video or photo of your outdoor adventure and tell us how you incorporate cooking American lamb (grilled, smoked, cooked over an open flame) for a chance to win.
A panel of judges will rate each entry on its:
- overall quality
One grand prize winner will win a $2,000 credit to Outdoorsy – perfect for planning a big RV road trip or enjoying a few weekend getaways. In addition, one second-place winner will win a $500 Cabela’s gift card, and a third-place winner will receive an American Lamb grilling kit (valued at $250).
Anyone who enters (yes, anyone) will receive grilling gear, including an American lamb apron and a Thermoworks DASH thermometer.
All entries will be reviewed by campaign chef and pitmaster judges, including Stephen Barber of Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, Robert Sonderman of Federalist Pig, Tom Micklethwait of Micklethwait Craft Meats, Elliot Moss of Buxton Hall Barbecue, Tiffani Faison of Sweet Cheeks Q, Jason Ganahl of GQue BBQ, Derek Wolf of Over the Fire Cooking, Danielle Bennett of DivaQBBQ, and James Brown of Grillnation.
Entries must be submitted by August 15th, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. CST.
All the contest details and rules can be found at https://www.americanlamb.com/oca-event-page.
DISCLAIMER: Always make sure to check your local wildfire resources to determine whether or not conditions are safe before cooking with an open flame.
This post was written by Derek Wolf of Over the Fire Cooking.