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Beer and Mustard Marinated Rack of Lamb

Beer and Mustard Marinated Rack of Lamb

Prep Time: 1 Hour  
Cook Time: 10 Minutes 
Serves 4


For the lamb:
1 leg of Thomas Farms Grass-fed Lamb
1 head of garlic – cut in half horizontally
2 yellow onions – quartered
2 gallons chicken stock
2 bay leaves
2 tsp. cumin powder
4 smoked chipotle chilies
1 tbsp. black peppercorns

For the cabbage slaw:
1 each head of cabbage – sliced thin like angel hair
1 each habanero – finely diced
1 bunch cilantro- sliced thinly
1 -2 limes – juice as needed
To taste salt

For the roasted peanuts:
8 ounces raw peanuts –shelled
1 tbs. salt
1 cup warm water
To taste sugar


  1. Place the lamb leg in a deep roasting pan large enough to fit the whole leg (can be netted). Add all the spices, and veggies. Add enough stock to cover the leg at least ¾ of the way up. If you need more liquid, add more stock or water. Cover the top of the roasting pan with plastic wrap then with foil - the plastic wrap will melt onto the foil creating a seal for perfect braising.
  2. Place in a pre-heated oven at 300 degrees. Let the lamb cook in the oven for at least 4 hours. After the 4-hour mark, pull the lamb out of the oven, removing netting if applicable. Take a fork and check for tenderness, it should come right off. If it's still firm, then re-cover and place it back in the oven for an hour longer.
  3. Let it sit in its juice until it cools. Remove the lamb gently onto a sheet pan or cookie sheet and remove any excess fat. Shred the lamb or let it cool and then cut it into cubes.

Note: you can strain the vegetables from the liquid and use the liquid for your next braise or use it to reheat the lamb.

  1. Once everything has been prepared, place the cabbage, cilantro, habanero in a medium bowl. Toss together lightly and add the lemon & salt to taste. Use immediately.
  2. In a small bowl, melt the salt in the warm water. Let the peanuts soak in the salted water for about 30 minutes.
  3. Remove the peanuts from the water and place them on a cookie sheet and let them roast in the oven at 300 degrees until they are light brown and toasted. Let cool, then chop with knife or chop in a food processor till crumbly. Place in a bowl and taste – add a little sugar for sweetness or more salt.
  4. Warm up a 5” tortilla. Place 2-3 ounces of lamb carnitas on top, and place a good pinch of the cabbage on top of meat. Finish it with a healthy sprinkle of peanuts and serve.