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Discussion in 'Lamb' started by rynd2it, May 28, 2007.

  1. One of my all-time favorite dishes is a Greek disk called 'Kleftiko" - the word means stolen as they used to steal the lamb and than bake a shoulder in a sealed smoke-filled oven so the smoke wouldn't give them away.

    I've had lamb shanks done the same way so I decided to try and use the smoker to create the disk. Used a simple overnight marinade of olive oil, garlic, oregano, thyme, lemon juice, salt & pepper. Got the smoker to 240 with charcoal briquettes (all I had at the time) then added a lump of mesquite and let the lamb smoke gently at around 230 for two hours.

    It was as tough as shoe leather[​IMG] however it was cooked and there was a definite smoke ring in the meat which I could taste as well.

    So where did I go wrong[​IMG] I suspect it needed to be smoked (or maybe wrapped in foil and cooked) for several hours.

    Anyone got any ideas on doing this dish?

  2. Dave-

    Sounds to me like it didn't cook long enough. I think I'd've tried a milder wood as well, but that's just me. I hear pecan is good with lamb.

  3. Hi Mike,

    Thanks - I'll definitely give it longer, a lot longer, next time. And you are right the mesquite was a bit strong but the only other wood I had was oak.

    I'll give pecan a try, thanks
  4. Dave-

    I currently use hickory and CHERRY. Will be moving on to hickory and apple when my stash runs out. I've a free source of apple from an orchard in Iowa City. Pre-heating my wood on top of the firebox helps BIGTIME, and when the free wood starts rolling in, I'm gonna pre-burn to get even better results....

  5. I can't use hickory - my wife is allergic to it[​IMG] Apple might work, although there's not a lot of apple wood around here - it's all citrus which is useless.
  6. dacdots

    dacdots Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    On the contrary,citrus is an excellent wood for smoking,I used it all the time when I lived in FL.It works well with fish,poultry,and pork.It is a mild tangy flavor which doesnt overpower your product.Many marinades call for lemon or lime juice and the citrus wood will give you a similar taste.Id give my right arm for a truck load of citrus wood seeing on how its pretty scarce here in WV.Ive told the story here on the forum of how for four years I raised from seed six grapefruit trees just to use it foe smoking.When the trees started hitting the cieling in the house I cut it up and used it,David.
  7. Thanks for that - I'm sure many of my neighbors would gladly give you a truck load - you would just need to drive about 4,000 miles round trip[​IMG]
  8. gypsyseagod

    gypsyseagod Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i was lookin' @ yer cooking method. maybe 230-240 was too hot. i'd go 200 for lamb(depending on the size of meat)- say 2lbs an hour- cut to kabob size- foil & tent w/ 3tsp water & fresh basil) or oven cook for an hour @ 180... that sound like a gyro recipe.
  9. squeezy

    squeezy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have to agree with longer cooking time and the oak would have been a better choice in this case.
    Pecan would be great as would apple or maple for lamb.

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