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Lamb Chops with Harissa Rub and Tomato Garbanzo Salad

Next to BBQ ribs, I consider lamb chops the finger food of champions. This recipe makes them even better and easy to love with a spicy harissa rub and light salad on the side.

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Prep time: 25 minutes, plus 30 minutes standing time

Grilling time: 8 minutes

Special equipment: Gourmet BBQ System™ Sear Grate

Serves: 4


  ½   teaspoon whole coriander seeds

  ½   teaspoon whole cumin seeds

  ½   teaspoon whole caraway seeds

    2   teaspoons pure chile powder

    1   teaspoon kosher salt

  ½   teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  ¼   teaspoon garlic powder

  ⅛   teaspoon cayenne pepper

    2   racks of lamb, each 1⅓ to 1½ pounds, chine bones removed, trimmed of excess fat and silverskin

         Extra virgin olive oil


    3   tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1½   tablespoons fresh lemon juice

    1   can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

1½   cups halved multicolored cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes

    2   tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

  ½   teaspoon kosher salt

  ½   teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

         Lemon wedges for serving


1)  Remove the circular Gourmet BBQ System™ grate insert, and prepare the grill for direct grilling (see page 11) over high heat (450° to 550°F).

2)  In a small skillet, over medium heat, toast coriander, cumin, and caraway seeds until the aroma of the spices are apparent, about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pulverize the spices in a spice mill or coffee grinder.

3)  Mix the rub ingredients in a small bowl. Cut each rack into 4 chops, each about 1½ inches thick and including two rib bones. Lightly brush the lamb chops on both sides with oil and season all over with the rub, pressing slightly to adhere. Allow the chops to stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes, or refrigerate up to 2 hours before grilling.

4)  Whisk the oil and lemon juice together in a medium bowl.  Add the garbanzo beans, tomato halves, and cilantro. Season with the salt and pepper and mix well. Let stand for 15 to 30 minutes before serving.

5)  Place the sear grate in the cooking grate, close the lid, and heat for 5 minutes.  Place the lamb chops around the outer perimeter of the grate, with the bones facing out, spoke-style. Grill the chops over direct high heat, with the lid closed, until cooked to your desired doneness, about 8 minutes for medium-rare, turning once or twice and maintaining the temperature between 450° and 475°F.  If flare-ups occur, move the chops to indirect high heat. Remove from the grill and let rest for 3 to 5 minutes. Serve the chops warm with the salad and lemon wedges.  

© 2016 Weber-Stephen Products LLC. Recipe from The Weber® Summit™ Charcoal Grill Cookbook. Used with permission.