On Holy Saturday, Greeks all over the world are busy preparing rotisserie lamb for the Easter feast the next day. Lemon juice, herbs, salt, and spices are massaged into the skin so they can infuse the lamb with flavor before it gets placed on the spit, or rotisserie The method for preparing the lamb depends on the family and what region of Greece they are from. Some roast a whole lamb on a spit, others barbecue the legs on the grill, and still others roast it in the oven. One thing is certain – it isn’t Easter without it!
One advantage to cooking this way is that slowly rotating the meat allows it to continually baste itself in its own juices, which adds flavor and helps keep the lamb tender. The continuous basting is a big advantage spit roasting has over roasting the lamb in the oven or grilling it.
Oven roasting is the easiest way to roast something, all you have to do is season whatever you’re cooking and throw it into the oven with a good roasting pan. This method of cooking however doesn’t add flavor the same way spit roasting, grilling, or smoking does.
The two advantages spit roasting has over grilling, is lamb is generally so tender and has so much, wonderful, flavorful little lamb fat in it that it’s easy to have it flare up on the grill, which also makes it harder to cook evenly.
Well the good news is that it does not have to be Easter and you don’t have to be Greek or live in Europe to enjoy rotisserie lamb. We do Rotisserie Lamb right here in San Diego.
Do you want to try it yourself? Here are the basic steps.
Step 1: Buy Your Spit and Motor
Step 2: Find Your Lamb – whole animal or just a few legs
Step 3: Get Your Wood Charcoal
Step 4: Get Your Sides
Step 5: Set Up Your Grill Space
Step 6: Get those coals burning
Step 7: Roasting
Step 8: Carving
If this sounds like too much work for your first rotisserie lamb then get hold of us and let us get it done for you. It could be just a few legs or the whole lamb done this way. A whole lamb will feed about 20 to 30 people and accompanied by our side dishes will make a perfect dinner party. We cover the greater San Diego area and surrounds.