The Ultimate Guide To Grill Maintenance

As winter comes to an end, we are beginning to approach the best season of the year! Yes, you guessed it, grilling season is upon us! To get the most out of your meals, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to help you prepare your grill, and maintain it throughout the summer.

Psst..if you need some inspiration for the BBQ this summer, check out our recipes!


Start With A Thorough Cleaning

Before the grilling season starts, get ready to roll up your sleeves and show your grill some love with an extensive cleaning.

Start with your grill burners. Remove the cooking grids and sear plates and then detach the burners. Clear any blockages through the burner slots and brush the tops of the burners. Once the burners are cleaned, check all of the burner ports to ensure that they are open.

Next, use a spatula to scrape grease from the inside of the base, all the way down towards the drip pan. Remove the drip pan and use hot water mixed with soap. Finish, and replace the tin foil grease catcher.

Sear plates and cooking grids should be washed with hot soapy water to remove any discoloration or grease splatters. Once everything is dry, Use a soft cloth and, following the grain of the stainless steel, rub in some stainless steel protector.

Lastly, be sure to pull out the grease trap and dump out anything left from the previous year. For an easier clean-up next year, line your grease trap with some sturdy aluminum foil.


Inspect All Hoses and Feed Tubes

Once your cleaning is done, visually inspect all hoses and feed tubes on your grill. It is essential for a grill that has been sitting for many months without being used to have its hoses inspected before the grill is ignited. Taking this step is essential as hoses can catch fire if not inspected properly.

Begin by checking the hose from your propane to your burners, and make sure it’s intact and clean. If there’s any build-up on the hose, be sure to clean it off before starting your grill. Immediately replace your hose if it has any holes or tares.

Look for any scratching and punctures on your feed tubes. If anything is damaged, have it replaced right away.


Test Your Burners

Before you get to cooking, turn on your grill, light it up, and let it burn for a few minutes. Watch to make sure all the burners are firing and there are no leaks.

A leak test should be performed any time your grill has been in storage for a long period of time, or when you are changing any components on your grill. Follow these steps to perform a leak test:


  1. Make sure all grill burner knobs are in the OFF position and the propane tank is turned to OFF before testing. Testing should always be done outdoors, in a well-ventilated area and away from any ignition sources.


  1. Mix a 50/50 solution of water and liquid dish detergent. Put the mix in a spray bottle.


  1. Then turn the propane tank valve ON to pressurize your system.


  1. Spray the soapy solution onto the gas valve, hose, and regulator. Stand back and visually inspect all the places where the solution was applied. Soap bubbles will instantly form and grow if there’s a gas leak in any of the components. No bubbles means that there are no leaks. If bubbles DO form or you smell gas, turn the propane tank off immediately and contact an LP gas cylinder supplier.

A clean, well maintained grill makes delicious food! Here’s a few hot tips to help you keep that grill in tip top shape throughout the summer!


Summer Grill Maintenance

Every cookout:


  • Preheat your grill completely every time you turn it on. This cleans and disinfects your gas grill.


  • Brush cooking grates to remove residue and give yourself a clean cooking surface.


  • Turn up the heat on your grill to maximum after you remove the last of the food. This burns off all the drippings and grease in your grill.


  • Cover your grill as soon as it has cooled down. Protecting your grill from outside elements keeps it from rusting and becoming dirtier than it needs to be.

Every 10 cookouts:


  • Clean cooking grates and barriers above the burners and below the grates.


  • Brush out the inside of the grill into the drip pan below. Clean out or replace the grease drip pan.


  • Put everything back and fire up the grill, letting it heat up for about 10 minutes or until there is little to no smoke coming out of the grill.

You are now ready to get grilling! Try out one of our delicious  lamb recipes to start your summer off right!

5 Recipes That Taste Like Summer

Being stuck at home during a long and chilly winter season will make just about anyone start to crave a warmer climate. We could all use a little bit of sunshine on our plate to remind us that winter doesn’t last forever!

To remind you of those blissful, BBQ smoke-filled summer days, we’ve gathered up 5 recipes that taste like summer! Put a little sunshine on your plates and create a wonderful warm escape with these must-try lamb recipes. Brush the snow off that grill (or pull out your smaller, indoor version) and get cookin’!


BBQ Lamb with Mediterranean Compound Butter

There really is no easier way to get started on creating a perfect summer meal than our BBQ Lamb with Mediterranean Compound Butter! This recipe will be your go-to for simple and delicious roasted BBQ lamb chops or steaks. The only seasoning required on the lamb chops is some oil, salt, and pepper.

Our Mediterranean Compound Butter will be jam-packed with all the flavor to give you a barbeque you will never forget. Simply stir unsalted butter, at room temperature, finely chopped fresh parsley, chopped fresh basil, chopped capers, finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes, minced clove garlic, lemon zest, dried oregano, salt, and pepper.

From here, you’re going to want to refrigerate for about 1 hour or until firm. Alternatively, you can freeze for 15 minutes. Feel free to make this compound butter ahead of time as it can be refrigerated for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 1 month!

Tips to get the most out of this recipe:


  • For medium doneness, cook lamb to an internal temperature of 160F (71C) or 165F (74C) for medium-well
  • Add any remaining butter to sauces, sandwiches, or pasta

Get the full recipe here.


Grilled Mojo Lamb Steaks with Avocado Salsa


Your March just got juicer! These Grilled Mojo Lamb Steaks are a version of the signature marinade of Cuba. It pairs beautifully with lamb as they keep the steaks juicy when grilled.

To create your flavor-packed juicy lamb steaks, whisk orange juice, lime juice, chopped fresh cilantro, minced clove garlic, a minced jalapeno pepper, packed brown sugar, dried oregano, ground cumin, salt, and pepper together. Let your lamb steaks marinate in this for at least 4 hours.

While you wait, you can get started on your avocado salsa. You will only need 1 avocado, some chopped red onion, lime juice, chopped cilantro, cumin, and a pinch of salt and pepper. After you grill your steaks, serve this yummy avocado salsa with your savory and juicy steaks!

Get the full recipe here.


Smoked Paprika and Lemon Lamb Loin Chops


Simple, smoky, and spicy is the perfect seasoning for BBQ or grilled lamb on a summer day! Our Smoked Paprika and Lemon Lamb Loin Chops recipe offers a thick and juicy cut, while leg steaks and lamb sirloin would also be equally delicious and work well with our paprika and lemon rub. The best part You don’t need to be a barbecue expert to make this simple and tasty recipe.

In a small bowl blend garlic, paprika, zest, oregano, salt, and pepper. Add olive oil and stir to a thick paste. From here, you’re going to want to divide the paste evenly between chops and rub over the entire chop. Allow the meat to rest for 15 minutes. Then, heat the BBQ or grill pan to medium-high. Finally, begin cooking each chop for about 4 minutes per side for a medium-rare chop or keep grilling until you reach your desired doneness!

Get the full recipe here.


Western Style BBQ Lamb Steaks


The fresh bbq sauce in this Western Style BBQ Lamb Steaks recipe contains a bit more acidity which complements the juicy smokiness of the barbecued lamb particularly well. Whether you prefer leg steaks, lamb sirloin, or chops; grill to desired doneness and serve with baked potatoes, corn, and beans for a western summer feast.

To create this western-style bbq sauce, you will need homemade or canned plain tomato sauce, minced garlic cloves, molasses, chili powder, cumin, Dijon mustard, canola oil, and ground chipotle pepper or red pepper flakes. Make sure to set aside 1/3 of the sauce to serve with steaks once cooked! This will prevent any cross contamination between the basting sauce and the steaks as they cook.

Get the full recipe here.


Chipotle Braised Lamb Tacos with Lime Sour Cream


These Chipotle Braised Lamb Tacos are the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. Served with a lime- spiked sour cream, they make a great meal that hits all the right spots during a lovely summer day spent outside!

Start off by seasoning your lamb with salt and pepper. Add onion, garlic, and cumin to pan; saute for 3 to 5 minutes or until onion is softened.  Then, add broth, barbecue sauce, honey, and chipotle peppers; bring to boil. For less-spicy tacos, use only 1 chipotle pepper. While your lamb is cooking in the oven, start on the Lime Sour Cream.

Stir sour cream, lime zest, lime juice, cumin, salt, and pepper together. After your lamb is done cooking, divide shredded lamb evenly among tortillas. Top with Lime Sour Cream, radishes, and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges,  grilled corn, rice, and beans, or coleslaw to take this meal to the next level.

Get the full recipe here.

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Why We Should Eat More Lamb

From the high-quality nutrients to its delicious taste, there always seems to be more reasons to eat more lamb! Here are just a few reasons why you should consider incorporating more lamb into your diet:


Quality Protein Source With Low Fat

Lamb is an excellent and high-quality source of protein. We need a daily intake of protein to provide us with all the essential amino acids that our bodies need to:


  1. Build bones, muscles, cartilage, and skin
  2. Repair and build tissue
  3. Help oxygenate your entire body with the nutrients it needs
  4. Produce enzymes, which aids in digesting food, and making new cells and body chemicals

Lamb does not only provide an appropriate amount of protein to help with daily health maintenance, but its advantage over other meat sources such as beef is that it has less marbling so that when you trim the fat around the edges after cooking, the meat ends up much leaner. This means that when you eat lamb, you’re eating a delicious meat packed with protein that is low in fat!


Stay In Shape

Lamb contains essential nutrients that can help us stay or get in shape such as curbing hunger, building lean muscle, reducing muscle loss, and speeding recovery after exercise/and or injury.

Additionally, CLA ( Conjugated Linoleic Acid) is a ruminant trans fat found in lamb that helps reduce body fat mass and maintain a healthy weight. In fact, CLA is often found in popular weight loss supplements. Higher amounts of CLA are found in grass-fed lamb and are higher in lamb when compared to beef! Research has linked CLA to lower risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.


Rich Source of Vitamins and Minerals

When you eat lamb, not only will you be receiving an excellent source of protein, but also all the  necessary nutrients and minerals our bodies need to maintain perfect health such as


  • Vitamin B12: Important for blood formation and brain function, helps reduce anemia and neurological damage


  • Zinc: Accelerates wound healing, boosts immune system, fights inflammation, used for the growth and formation of hormones


  • Selenium: Prevents cell damage caused by free radicals, boosts immune system, may reduce risk to some forms of cancer, reduces risk of heart disease, promotes mental well-being, supports thyroid health


  • Niacin: Lowers cholesterol, helps reduce inflammation, boosts brain function, improves skin function


  • Phosphorus: Keeps your bones strong and healthy, helps make energy, moves your muscles


  • Iron: Provides energy and focus, boosts immune system, regulates body temperature, assists gastrointestinal processes, fights anemia


Amazing Taste

Along with the amazing health benefits, we should eat more lamb for its delicious and outstanding taste! There is an endless amount of easy and healthy lamb recipes that you can use to cook the most amazing meal for yourself and your loved ones! Here are a few meals that you can prepare:

Lamb and Quinoa Power Bowl with Tahini Dressing: Featuring SunGold lamb sirloin roast – this one-dish meal is sure to please. It’s delicious served hot or cold.


Chipotle Braised Lamb Tacos: These meat-lovers tacos are sweet and spicy. Served with a lime- spiked sour cream, they make a decadent main dish or appetizer.


Rack Lambsicles (with Pea and Mint Pesto): Serve one or two of these delicious little chops for a satisfying appetizer or three to four as a main dish. The fresh and lively pesto is like a taste of spring.


Lamb Kofta with Veggie Couscous Salad: Perfect for quick dinners or easy entertaining, these grilled lamb koftas are served with a fresh salad tossed in a flavourful harissa dressing.


If you’re ready to eat world-class quality, sustainable, and responsibly-sourced lamb that Canadians have trusted for 45 years, make sure to check out our SunGold lamb products.

How To Dress Up A Homemade Pizza With Lamb

Pizza is the most well known and well liked meal on the planet. It’s a crowd pleaser, the most ideal comfort food around, and definitely the most popular food item out there.

For some crazy reason, people never get tired of pizza. We put everything on pizza these days, if it’s something edible I bet you anything there’s a pizza out there with that as one of it’s toppings and I bet it tastes good!

If you are looking for a delicious new pizza creation, that elevates your pizza from the same old toppings that you get every Friday night, then you should try lamb. Lamb adds new flavours to your palette. You’ll want to give it a shot as a solid option for a pizza topping because it is a great addition to it.

One option to try out, if you’d like to give lamb the spotlight on your pizza is this recipe:


Spicy Grilled Merguez and Red Onion Pizza

If you are ready to give lamb on your pizza a try, we HIGHLY recommend this recipe as it will probably change your life. You will never go back to pizza without lamb again!

This recipe features SunGold’s Lamb Tonight merguez lamb sausages that pair perfectly with other fresh toppings and spices that will be added to your homemade pizza as well. These merguez sausages are Moroccan style with a bit of heat, cumin, coriander, fennel, and paprika.

Sometimes it is hard to know what pairs well with certain types of meat, like for example lamb. Some great toppings to add to this type of lamb on your pizza are parsley, olives, capers, red onion, and fresh spinach or arugula. These ingredients complete the pizza with different levels of spice, flavour, and texture. Feel free to also add whatever else you would desire as toppings as well.

COOKING TIP: Make sure to grill the pizza, for roughly eight to ten minutes, to create a smoky flavour, and char the crust to make it nice and crisp with every bite.

Lamb tastes best with homemade pizza crust, and makes the experience all the more fun and worth it once you have a taste.

Homemade pizzas are simple to make, and the dough tastes so much more delicious and elevated, especially when you add lamb to the mix. It’s a show stopper. Not to mention, the preparation and cook time for homemade pizza is simple and once the dough is made, all that is left to do is to arrange your ingredients for the topping and throw it in the oven to cook. It’s as simple as that.

Check out the recipe here for the full details!

The Perfect Lamb Dishes For The Holiday Season

Switch it up this year by putting lamb on your holiday menu, and make it the star of your meal! This will be a memorable dish that no one will forget. 

Having a juicy lamb main course dish on your holiday menu this year is the way to go, and we will tell you why and give you all of our secrets as to what we think are the perfect lamb dishes to serve over the holidays. 

Lamb brings out surprising flavours that you normally would not expect, like you would have with a traditional holiday dish. Go for something different in all the best ways. 

Give your taste buds something new and exciting this year with these great lamb holiday dishes:


Stuffed Lamb Leg

A stuffed lamb leg is a great alternative to the traditional turkey or beef roasts that we usually see for holiday meals. 

A delicious stuffed lamb leg dish is SunGold’s Holiday Rosemary, Thyme, and Sage Stuffed Lamb Leg. With SunGold’s tender lamb, stuffed with delicious pairings you will create an unforgettable main holiday dish that will have all of your guests wanting more.

Another great choice for a stuffed lamb leg dish is our Spinach Goat Cheese and Pine Nut Stuffed Lamb. These flavours and textures bring a festive element to the dish, and pair perfectly with the lamb to create an elevated holiday meal. 


Lamb Roast

Roast is always a classic when it comes to the holidays, and all of those extravagant family meals. Why not switch out your usual beef or turkey roast for lamb?


Try out our Skillet Lamb Roast with Cognac Pan Sauce. This dish is elegant and impressive, not to mention delicious with a restaurant-style sauce to top it all off. Give it a go this upcoming holiday season. 


Rack Of Lamb

Any slow-cooked or grilled rack of lamb dish will be a huge hit during the holidays, whether it’s an appetizer or an entree. 

One option that is one of our favourites is SunGold’s Rack of Lamb recipe, which incorporates ingredients such as garlic, dijon mustard, parsley, and breadcrumbs to produce a dramatic presentation.

If you’re looking for a lamb dish that could be a good appetizer, a good holiday choice is our Grilled Lambsicles. These are great to start out a holiday meal, giving a tender and juicy bite of flavourful lamb.

Top Health Benefits Of Lamb

It may surprise you, but lamb is one of the most nutritious forms of red meat out there. It is jam-packed full of proteins, vitamins, nutrients, and so much more. Lamb contributes to muscle maintenance, improved physical performance, and anemia protection, to name just a few. And it’s tasty! 

What else could you want?

The positives that lamb provides for your body and health are endless. So let’s take a closer look at some of the top health benefits that lamb has to offer your body and diet, and see why you should make the switch to lamb today:


What is Lamb, again?


First of all, what is lamb again? Let’s quickly remind ourselves.  

Lamb is the meat from a sheep that is under the age of 12 months old. It is a form of lean red meat, has a lower amount of fat content, is rich in protein and vitamins, and is tender and mild in flavour. Lamb has all the elements to be a great component in a healthy, balanced diet. 


Muscle Maintenance


High quality proteins are found in lamb meat, and are an important source for maintaining muscle mass. 

Creatine is found in lamb, and is an essential energy source for muscles, as it is beneficial for muscle growth and muscle maintenance. If you spend a lot of time working out at the gym, lamb may just be your best friend! 

Amino acids are an incredibly important source of protein in most meats, including lamb, which contains ALL nine amino acids that you need. That’s crazy! Eating high protein foods in your diet can help preserve and maintain your muscle mass – especially in older adults. 

FUN FACT: Cooked lamb can contain up to 26% in protein! 


Improved Physical Performance


Lamb is a red meat that is lower in fat content than other meats, and can help contribute to weight loss and maintaining that healthy weight. 

In addition, lamb also contains the amino acid beta-alanine which helps your body create a substance called carnosine. Carnosine contributes to how your muscles function and are associated with decreased fatigue and increased exercise performance. 

Introducing a regular consumption of lamb into your diet may help athletes or bodybuilders and others who want to optimize their physical performance and the functioning of their muscles. 



Anemia Protection


Another huge benefit of lamb Anemia protection. Anemia is a common condition that continues to spread within individuals. Common symptoms include fatigue and weakness, along with many others.  

Lamb contains large amounts of heme-iron which is important when facing iron-deficiency anemia. This nutrient is also found in other meat products, such as beef. Heme-iron is a bioavailable form of iron that is found in animal-derived foods, and also improves the absorption of nonheme iron, which is the iron that is found in plants. 

Lamb is a good choice for a meat product when helping to prevent or fight iron-deficiency anemia as it will increase your iron intake. 

FUN FACT: Eating beef or lamb 3-4 times a week can raise your level of iron intake. 


Easily Incorporate Lamb Into Your Diet 


Interested in making the switch and introducing lamb into your diet and healthy lifestyle

SunGold’s Lamb Tonight products are seasoned, mild flavoured and contain all of these important health benefits that will keep you wanting more!   


Now that you know how beneficial lamb can be for you, here are some recipes to help you easily incorporate lamb into your diet and take you right through the fall season on a healthy note. Transitioning to a lamb-friendly diet has never been so simple! 

We hope you enjoy your lamb! 

How To Change Up Your Traditional Spaghetti Dinner With Lamb

On those busy nights when you feel like you don’t have the time or energy to cook up a serious meal (but still want something filling and delicious), spaghetti with meatballs is a go-to dinner. However, hectic evenings are too common and you can only have so much spaghetti with meatballs until you start to grow tired of it.

Changing up your typical plate of spaghetti with meatballs doesn’t have to be complicated or costly. In this blog, find out how to dress up this traditional dish and not get tired of it!


Spaghetti With Lamb Meatballs

One simple way to amp up your spaghetti dish is by swapping out beef meatballs with lamb meatballs! In comparison with beef meatballs, some people may find that lamb meatballs are more firm with a tender texture.

To make dinner less time consuming to prepare, Sungold offers pre-seasoned Italian-style lamb meatballs. They’re specially-made to enhance authentic pasta dishes, including spaghetti. Our Italian-style lamb meatballs are a mix of Canadian lamb meat with Italian herbs and spices like oregano and crushed chilies. When added to traditional spaghetti dishes, they really tie the dish together. The herbs and spices in the meatballs add flavours that aren’t typically found in beef meatballs. We promise your taste buds will be in for a treat with our mouthwatering seasoned meatballs!

In addition to swapping beef meatballs for lamb meatballs, take your spaghetti one step further by adding chopped vegetables like onions, carrots, and celery. Vegetables aren’t just packed with vitamins and minerals that are good for you and your health, but they also add even more flavour and texture to spaghetti dishes. Once you try it, you’ll never want to eat spaghetti with meatballs without adding these vegetables again!

To make things simple, we put together an easy-to-follow video and recipe on how to make spaghetti with Sungold’s lamb meatballs! You can pick up a pack of Sungold Italian-style meatballs at your local Sobeys, Safeway, Thrifty Foods, Foodland, Calgary CO-OP and Federated CO-OP and get cooking tonight!


Spaghetti With Lamb Meat Sauce

If you’re a fan of spaghetti with meat sauce, you’ll love this suggestion: take your spaghetti game to the next level by switching out the ground beef you use in your meat sauce for ground lamb meat! Ground lamb meat has a delectable taste that makes it unique from ground beef, so if you’ve never tried it before, this is the perfect opportunity to!

Swapping ground beef for ground lamb is easier than ever thanks to Sungold’s pre-seasoned ground lamb. No seasoning is required since the meat is already seasoned. Our favourite seasoned lamb is a fusion of fresh Canadian lamb with spices and herbs like rosemary and thyme that are sure to please at the dinner table. The ingredients used in our ground lamb bring out the flavours of tomato sauce and brings the dish together.

Although Sungold’s ground lamb is already seasoned with aromatic ingredients, we highly recommend adding diced onions and tomatoes to your meat sauce to add extra flavour. After you’ve plated your spaghetti with a scoop or two of the lamb meat sauce, finish it off by garnishing your spaghetti with shaved parmesan cheese and basil. Mmm, mmm!

Find Sungold’s ground lamb at your local Sobeys, Safeway, Thrifty Foods, Foodland, Calgary CO-OP and Federated CO-OP and use it in your next spaghetti meat sauce!


Change is considered good, and when it comes to food, change gives you the opportunity to discover what your taste buds have been missing out on! If we didn’t have differences in our meals, we’d easily become bored of them.

Changing up your classic spaghetti with meatballs by swapping beef for lamb is now as easy as ever with Sungold’s pre-seasoned lamb products. With our Italian-style lamb meatballs and our favourite seasoned ground lamb to choose from, you can have spaghetti the way you like – but with lamb! Just heat, eat, and enjoy!


Easy Lamb Recipes to Try for the Holidays


A few months back, when the warm breeze of summer started filling our days, we listed some of the best recipes to kick-off the BBQ season. Now that the cold winds are starting to blow and the season of gift-giving is just right around the corner, we will be listing three easy lamb recipes you can try for the holidays.


Italian-Style Slow Cooker Meatloaf

If you are a fan of Italian cuisine, this meatloaf recipe that combines beef and lamb will be right up your alley. Following Better Homes and Gardens’ recipe, the ingredients you would need for this dish are Italian-style stewed tomatoes, whole wheat bread crumbs, onion, zucchini, red sweet peppers, parsley, garlic, ground black pepper, feta cheese, 95% lean ground beef and 80% lean ground lamb. Once you’ve gathered all the ingredients, you just have to combine them all in a large bowl, place the mixture in a slow cooker, pat it into a loaf and leave it there for 3 1/2 hours on the low-heat setting, or for 1 1/2 hours on the high-heat setting.

What’s really great about this dish is that you can also cook it using one of the most reliable kitchen gadgets: the rice cooker. Some of the best rice cookers of 2020 can double as other appliances such as an electric pressure cooker, sterilizer, electric slow cooker, steamer and food warmer. In addition to this, some brands also have a 24-hour delay for longer cooking, automatic “keep warm” for up to 10 hours and advanced technologies that reduce cooking time by up to 70%.


Skillet Lamb Chops

Gifts are not the only things that make the holiday season exciting and fun. More than anything else, it is actually the much-awaited opportunity for people bound by blood and by a special bond to come together and bask in the company of each other. Gatherings like these are never complete without family-style suppers, and we’ve got just the right one for you. Skillet Lamb Chops are not only economical, they are also so easy to prepare. You just have to brown your seasoned chops in a heavy skillet with melted butter, oil and garlic. Then, dissolve a bouillon cube in water, simmer the mixture with the chops then add some cornstarch to thicken the sauce a bit.

The key to making this dish exceptional not only banks on getting the best local lamb shoulder chop but also on having the best tool for cooking. If you want to take this dish up a notch, consider using a cast-iron skillet instead of a regular one. Most of the cast iron skillets in 2020 are available at a reasonable price, are incredibly durable and can easily rival non-stick pans with a little tender love and care.


Braised Lamb Shanks

Braising lamb shanks can be quite intimidating at times, but that doesn’t always have to be the case — especially if you are guided by a good recipe. According to Delish’s easy-to-follow recipe, to make this dish, you’d need to sear your seasoned lamb shank in a large Dutch oven until golden brown and set it aside. Then, in the same Dutch oven, combine butter, onion, carrots, garlic, tomato paste and low-sodium beef broth. Once everything is thoroughly mixed, you can add the lamb back in, place the lid, pop the cookware in a preheated oven and leave it there for two hours.

The best way you can ensure that braised dishes such as these are thoroughly cooked is by investing in reliable cookware. Although most Dutch ovens this year cook similarly well, some brands are far easier to handle even with mitts or towels because of their design. Clever design can also keep food from getting trapped in the corners, allow steam to escape more easily and concentrate flavors better by giving better sear on meat.


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By: Rubicela Jayelle

Top 5 Recipes To Kick Off BBQ Season

It’s official, the birds are out and bees are buzzing. One thing is for sure – warm weather is finally here! And, warm weather is the true indicator that barbecue season has begun.

You may have already smelled the smoked and grilled meats in your neighbourhood as you opened up a window or strolled down the street. We know you’ve been dreaming of outdoor eats all winter long (because we have been, too). Now, it’s time to bring out the grill and get your barbecue on!

To kick off the season right, we’ve highlighted our top five lamb recipes that you can start using on the barbecue ASAP! Don’t forget your family members – barbecuing is a fun way to get everyone involved by helping to prep and take turns manning the grill.


1. Lamb Donair

Get the barbecue party started with a unique and delectable dinner: lamb donair! Our Lamb Tonight ground lamb meat is super simple to cook, especially because it comes pre-seasoned. Simply heat on the grill and eat!

Just because this recipe is easy, doesn’t mean it isn’t flavourful. With hints of white onion and sweet garlic, your mouth will be begging for more! Better than takeout, this easy lamb donair is loaded with healthy veggies and zesty donair sauce. A healthy and delicious meal for the whole family!


2. Lamb Meatball Skewers

A great appetizer made for barbecue season is our Caprese lamb meatball skewers! Since they use SunGold’s Mediterranean-Style Lamb Meatballs, they’re already seasoned and pre-shaped for your convenience. Cooking these little beauties over the grill gives them a delicious smokehouse flavor!

We love this appetizer because it includes fresh, summery ingredients like bocconcini and tomato. Lamb, cheese, and vegetables Yes, please! Not only is this a balanced appetizer, but it’s one that is fun to make. Get the family involved by letting them create their own skewers to their liking! Got a cheese lover in the house Add more bocconcini balls!


3. Rack Lambsicles

We believe one of the best foods for the grill is rack of lamb, and we have a super simple recipe for SunGold rack lambsicles! Although rack of lamb may sound intimidating, it only takes 10 minutes to prep and another 10 minutes to cook. Simple, right

Our rack lambsicles uses ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen, like garlic, salt, and pepper. The combination of the flavour bursting ingredients in this recipe come together to make a delicious appetizer or main dish. With pea and mint pesto on the side, the result is tasty rack of lamb like no other.


4. Lamb Burgers

The perfect spring evening: grilling and flipping scrumptious lamb patties on the barbecue, with a warm breeze in your hair, and a cocktail in your hand! With our Lamb Tonight burgers, the hard work is already done for you.

Our SunGold Lamb Tonight burgers are pre-molded and come perfectly seasoned with herbs and spices. They’re not only packed full of flavour, but they’re juicy too! With the seasoning and sculpting done for you, it only takes a few flips on the grill until they’re ready!With our recipe for SunGold lamb burgers, you’re in control. Add a little (or as many!) toppings as you like. This recipe calls for brie cheese, but feel free to use whatever you have in the house! BBQ season is all about flavor and ease!


5. Lamb Kabobs

If you’ve never had tender curry lime kabobs, do yourself a favour and make them tonight on the barbecue! We promise they’ll be a family hit, because they use SunGold’s lamb sirloin or leg meat. Plus, serving them with a carrot salad as well as warm naan and raita (yogurt, cucumber and garlic dip) is the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of barbecue season.

With curry paste to mildly amp up the heat and lime as another key ingredient for these kabobs, these flavours come together to tickle your taste buds while delighting them! Want to make this recipe even easier For those busy nights when you can’t be bothered to look at a recipe – easily substitute our Lamb Tonight Souvlaki kabobs, Taste of India, Kofta or Shawarma ground kabobs! Grill heat and eat, and these kabobs are ready to go!


From appetizers to entrées, we hope you and your family enjoy our top five handpicked recipes for the barbecue season. Which new recipe will be your go-to for the summer?

Spring Tips For Rotisserie + Spit Roasting Lamb

Rotisserie, or spit roasting, is a method of cooking lamb that works by roasting meat on a spit (otherwise known as a long rod). The spit continuously turns the meat at a constant speed, ensuring the meat cooks at the same temperature – and evenly! Rotisseries are commonly used for cooking whole animals, like chicken, or large joints of meat, like legs of lamb.

Many choose to spit roast as it results in moist, tender meat. This is because the meat sears at a quick rate and locks in its own juices.

Whether you’re a novice at spit roasting or have spit roasted before, it’s never too late to amp up your rotisserie game! Check out our top tips for spit roasting lamb below.



The first thing you need before cooking lamb on a rotisserie is the right equipment. Rotisseries come in all sorts of sizes – from small models to larger models that can roast whole animals.

Your grill will need a rotisserie attachment, and we suggest finding one with a powerful motor. However, there are now lots of grills on the market that come with rotisserie attachments already included. If you’re lucky, some come with features like a special rotisserie burner. This burner provides indirect, even heating.

Always read the instruction manual that comes with your rotisserie. Ensure that you’re using it correctly, and that you’re following safety instructions to prevent any harm.

Here one of our favourite lamb rotisserie recipes!

Mediterranean Boneless Leg Of Lamb   



When spit roasting, it isn’t a good idea to have the fire right underneath the meat. As parts of meat you cook can be quite large, there’s a good chance they’ll get too close to the fire. The end result will be burnt meat – an undesirable and inedible outcome!

For those with a charcoal grill, take your time with medium heat. Patience is the key here! For those with a gas grill, be sure to keep the burners low. In order to avoid flare ups and keep the meat at a safe distance from the heat, we recommend using a drip pan.



When using a rotisserie, the keys to successful spit roasting are balance and security. To achieve this, put your cut of meat in the middle of the rod. Next, you’ll want to fasten it as firmly as possible. If the meat isn’t secured properly, it can move and flop around as the spit turns, causing different sections of the meat cook unevenly or burn.

It’s likely that your rotisserie has a counterbalance to get the perfect balance of the meat. Once the meat is secured to the rod, we suggest using the palms of your hands to roll the rod to test if the meat has good balance. When performing this, roll it slowly. If you feel that one side is heavier than the other, the rod is unbalanced. An unbalanced spit will put stress on the motor of the rotisserie, and will give you unevenly cooked meat (since the heavier side will turn slower than the other). Adjust the meat until you find a good balance between both sides.


Cooking Times

Why ruin a deliciously rotisseried dinner by undercooking or overcooking? To prevent this, we discourage against leaving cooking times to your best guess. This is because the cooking time will vary depending on humidity, air temperature, wind, and even equipment. In addition, the size of the meat you’re cooking affects the length of cooking time.

Since it’s harder to test whether your meat is cooked to your liking on a rotisserie, we recommend stopping the rotisserie 15-20 minutes before the estimated cook time. Then, you’ll want to use a thermometer to test the internal temperature. A thermometer will provide you with an accurate temperature, and thus, indicate when the meat has been cooked for long enough.

Kitchn has a great guide that walks your lamb cooking temperatures from rare to well done.


Letting The Meat Rest

The last step before you dig in Allow the meat to rest for approximately 10-20 minutes after it’s finished cooking. Doing so will allow the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, and keep your meal tender and juicy.

If you follow our tips for spit roasting, we’re sure you’ll end up with evenly cooked, juicy rotisserie dinner!