Baked Lamb Ribs Recipe

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Crisp, tasty ribs, and as a bonus, some flavorful broth. The process is easiest if you can simmer the ribs one day and bake them the next, but can easily be done in one day.
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  • 4 pounds lamb ribs
  • 2 onions
  • 4 garlic cloves: vary this amount according to your preference
  • 2 celery stalks with leaves (optional)
  • 2 carrot(s) (optional)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • bunches of fresh herbs:parsley, thyme , oregano, rosemary
  • Make an herb sauce: (or use prepared barbeque sauce if you wish)
  • 2 garlic cloves, or more,if you wish
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh herbs, finely chopped; or 2 teaspoons crmbled dried herbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste
1 hr
2 hrs

Cooking lamb ribs involves two processes: first simmering and then baking.  Each takes an hour or more, but doesn't require much time or attention from the cook. Rib amounts are approximate, but prepare at least 1 pound per person, since much of the weight is fat and bone.

  • Put the ribs, fresh or frozen, into a stock pot or pan large enough to hold them easily with vegetables and cooking liquid. Add several cut-up onions and garlic cloves, a teaspoon of salt, a few bunches of herbs of your choice, and if you wish, cut up carrot and/or celery.
  • Add water to cover everything and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a slow simmer and skim off any scum that rises to the surface during the first few minutes of cooking. Cover with lid slightly ajar and continue to simmer until the meat begins to be tender - about an hour.
  • Remove the ribs and set the cooking liquid aside. While the ribs cool, mash together in a small bowl 1 teaspoon salt and 2 or more minced or pressed cloves of garlic. Add and mash in 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh herbs (or 2 teaspoons dried and crushed herbs): a mix of some (or all) thyme, oregano, marjoram and rosemary.  Stir in the olive oil and set aside.
  • When the ribs are cool enough to handle, use your fingers and a sharp knife to remove as much fat as possible without having the ribs fall apart. Then, spread the ribs out in a roasting pan and smear all over with the olive oil mixture or a prepared barbeque sauce. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake at 350 for an hour. Remove foil and bake for another 20 - 30 minutes to crisp up the surfaces, or until the meat is very tender.
  • While the ribs are baking, skim fat from the cooking liquid. Discard the fat. Taste the broth for seasoning and consistency and boil to reduce it, if you prefer.  Strain out any solids and refrigerate (for use within a few days) or freeze for use in scotch broth, shepherd's pie or any appropriate recipe.


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baked lamb ribs

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RTMember22 User
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"Our neighbors raise sheep so when they butcher one they are always giving us something to try. They gave us ribs the last time so I fixed them last night using this recipe. I am not much for lamb but these weren't bad."
ToBeOrNotToBe User
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"I am not usually a fan of lamb but I tried this recipe because some of my friends like it. I also cooked it on the grill. Wasn't too bad. My friends thought they were great."
AuntBea User
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"We don't eat lamb very often but once in a while I will prepare it. I followed this recipe up to the part about putting them in the oven. I put them on the grill instead and basted with the olive oil and herb mixture as they cooked. They turned out great."
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