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Recipe: Spit-Roasted Pasture-Fed Half Mutton
For the Mutton:
- 1/2 pasture-fed mutton (approximately 20-25 pounds)
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup fresh rosemary, chopped
- 1/4 cup fresh thyme leaves
- Zest of 2 lemons
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Butcher’s twine for trussing
For the Spit-Roasting Setup:
- Spit roaster with motor and skewer
- Charcoal or hardwood for grilling
- Aluminum foil drip pan
- Meat thermometer
For Preparing the Mutton:
- In a bowl, combine minced garlic, chopped fresh rosemary, fresh thyme leaves, lemon zest, olive oil, salt, and black pepper to create the marinade.
- Make small incisions all over the pasture-fed half mutton using a sharp knife.
- Rub the mutton with the marinade mixture, ensuring it’s evenly coated. Let it marinate for at least 4 hours or overnight in the refrigerator for maximum flavor.
- Truss the marinated mutton using butcher’s twine to secure it firmly for even cooking.
- Prepare your spit roaster according to the manufacturer’s instructions, ensuring it’s stable and securely in place.
- Start your charcoal or hardwood fire on one side of the spit roaster. You’ll want a consistent, medium heat for slow roasting.
- Once the fire has burned down to hot coals, place an aluminum foil drip pan on the opposite side of the fire to catch any drippings.
- Carefully skewer the marinated and trussed pasture-fed half mutton onto the spit, making sure it’s balanced.
- Begin the spit-roasting process, making sure to maintain a steady rotation. You’ll want to aim for a slow, even cook. Adjust the height of the mutton over the coals as needed to regulate the cooking temperature.
- Roast the mutton for approximately 3.5 to 4 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches your desired level of doneness (145°F/63°C for medium-rare).
- Periodically baste the mutton with any remaining marinade during the roasting process to keep it moist and flavorful.
- Once the mutton reaches the desired doneness, carefully remove it from the spit roaster and let it rest for about 15-20 minutes before carving.
- Carve the spit-roasted pasture-fed half mutton into generous slices and serve hot.