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Grilled Denver Lamb Ribs

  • Author: Robyn


  • 2 racks Denver lamb spare ribs

For the rub:

  •  ½ cup olive oil
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup curry spice OR make your own with the ingredients below
  • honey- to drizzle at the end- I used Bees Knees spicy honey from

Make your own curry:

  • ½ tbsp. cardamom
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp coriander
  • 1 tbsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder (or your favorite pepper)
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika


Combine all ingredients until uniformly mixed. Next, prepare your ribs by removing the membrane on the underneath side. This can be done by using a butter knife and inserting it underneath the membrane.

Apply olive oil to the ribs and then generously coat them on both sides with the rub. Let them marinate the fridge for 30 minutes while you prepare your grill.

I used

I used “Bees Knees” spicy honey to finish these ribs with a hint of sweet and spicy.

Prepare your grill for 350 degrees with a direct and indirect zone. Grill the lamb on indirect heat for 20 minutes each side, or until an internal read thermometer reads 140 degrees.

Grill the lamb for another 5 minutes (or until at 145 degrees internal temp), meaty side down, to obtain a nice char and caramelization on the grill.

Pull the ribs off and finish with a drizzle of honey to give that “gooey, finger licking good” effect and a hint of sweetness. Tent under foil for 10 minutes, then slice and serve.


This is a recipe I developed in collaboration with the American Lamb board. 

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