crown rack of lamb

Smoked Crown Rack of Lamb


30 Min


30 min



Easter's never tasted so good. Try this amazing Crown Rack of Lamb. Your stomach will gladly accept the sacrifice of this lamb for dinner.

Crown rack of lamb is a classic and elegant dish that has a rich history and is often associated with fine dining and special occasions. The crown rack refers to a culinary technique where a rack of lamb is trimmed, frenched, and carefully formed into a crown shape, with the rib bones protruding upward resembling a regal crown.

The history of crown rack of lamb can be traced back to the traditional culinary practices of European cuisine, particularly French and English cooking. It gained popularity as a luxurious centerpiece dish served at elaborate banquets and formal dinners, symbolizing sophistication.

The preparation of crown rack of lamb starts with a high-quality rack of lamb, typically sourced from young and tender lamb meat. The rack is skillfully trimmed and frenched, which involves removing the fat and membrane from the rib bones, creating an attractive presentation.

Once the lamb rack is trimmed, it is carefully formed into a crown shape by bending the rack into a circular or semicircular shape, with the bones pointing upward. The ends of the bones are sometimes adorned with decorative paper frills for an extra touch of elegance.

The crown rack of lamb is then seasoned with a blend of aromatic herbs and spices, such as rosemary, thyme, garlic, salt, and pepper. This seasoning enhances the natural flavors of the lamb and adds a delightful fragrance.

The lamb is typically roasted to perfection, allowing the meat to develop a tender texture while retaining its juiciness. The cooking time may vary depending on personal preference, but it is often cooked to medium-rare or medium doneness to maintain the desired succulence.

Crown rack of lamb is a show stopping dish that delights both the eyes and the taste buds. The presentation of the crown-shaped rack, with the beautifully exposed bones, creates a visually stunning centerpiece. When carved, each serving reveals succulent and flavorful lamb meat, tender and moist, with a delicate balance of richness and mild gaminess.

This iconic dish is often served with accompanying sauces like a velvety mint or red wine reduction, which adds a burst of flavor and complements the lamb's natural richness. It is commonly served alongside roasted vegetables, creamy mashed potatoes, or other gourmet sides, creating a complete and memorable dining experience.

Whether enjoyed at a grand celebration or as a special indulgence at home, crown rack of lamb is a timeless classic that embodies elegance, sophistication, and culinary excellence. It remains a beloved choice for those seeking a luxurious and unforgettable dining experience.


1 tablespoon garlic, crushed

1 tablespoon rosemary, finely chopped

2 racks of lamb, frenched

1/2 cup olive oil

2 feet butcher's twine



Step 1

Remove the racks from the package and rinse under cold water. Pat dry.

Step 2

With each rack flat on a cutting board, score about a 1/4-inch down between each bone. Follow this process between each bone on both racks. Set aside once done.

Step 3

Combine garlic, rosemary and olive oil in medium sized mixing bowl. Brush generously on lamb racks.

Step 4

Take each rack and bend it into a semi-circle. Place the racks together with the bones up to form a crown shape. Using the butcher's twine to wrap the racks together, forming a circle. Wrap about 4 times around, starting at the base of the racks and moving upward with each pass. Tie off the twine tight enough to keep the racks together, and trim off any extra.

Step 5

Preheat pellet grill to High, or 400-450° F. Place lamb on a baking sheet, and set in pellet grill. Cook for 10 minutes on High heat.

Step 6

Turn the temperature down to 300°F for 15-20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 125-130°F .

Step 7

Remove the crown rack from pellet grill, and let rest with a foil tent for 10-15 minutes. Serve hot with a side of potatoes or veggies. Enjoy!



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