Summer Side Dishes To Pair With Lamb

You’ve picked out a lamb entree for your summer BBQ, but what comes next? It’s time to select a scrumptious summer side dish! It’s important to plan side dishes that really elevate your meal, and bring out the most of your lamb dining experience! You can do this easily with a couple of incredible accoutrements we’ve taste tested for you!

We’ve put together our top seven favourite side dishes that will pair perfectly with your next lamb meal. Adding a couple (or more!) will add a whole new level of flavour to your dish. This list showcases side dishes that we know pair well with our lamb recipes!

 1. Avocado Salsa 

Photo Source: https://cookieandkate.com/chunky-avocado-salsa-recipe/

Light, summery, and full of nutritious vegetables; Avocado Salsa is an easy side for your summer lamb entree. Minimum effort, maximum wow factor! This salsa is almost like a guacamole and summer salad hybrid. We searched far and wide, and our favourite rendition was definitely the one by Cookie and Kate. Their recipe includes just these six simple ingredients: 

  1. Diced ripe avocado
  2. Quartered cherry tomatoes
  3. Chopped red onion
  4. Chopped cilantro
  5. Minced jalapeño
  6. Fresh lime juice

All you need for preparation is a knife and a cutting board. Chop up all your ingredients and mix them together in a bowl. Next, toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Keep it in the fridge till meal time (but not too long so the avocado doesn’t brown). 

In our recipe book, we usually pair this side dish with our Grilled Mojo Lamb Steaks. But, this easy dish can be turned into a ton of different appetizers. Use it as filling for tacos or burritos, serve it as dip with a side of chips.

2. Mango Apple Salad 

The last recipe was very veggie-heavy, so if you’re looking for something sweet, fruity, refreshing, and just as easy to prepare, then this Mango Apple Salad might be the side dish for you. 

All you need is: 

  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) lime juice
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
  • 4 tsp (20 mL) brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) chopped toasted cashews

Just toss together the tomatoes, mango, apple, lime juice, olive oil, sugar and salt. Stir in with the fresh basil and green onions. This little side dish will add beautiful color to your plate that will impress your guests!

In the past, we’ve suggested mango apple salad as a base for one of our Lamb Kabob recipes, but it is delicious on its own. It’s a perfect side for any of our summer recipes.   

3. Grilled Lemon Garlic Asparagus 

Asparagus is a match made in heaven with our Cranberry Orange Lamb Chops, but also makes a healthy and mouth-watering side to any lamb meal. We decided to dive into a grilled asparagus recipe, so that you can prepare it effortlessly at your grill alongside your main course this summer. 

All you need, is: 

  • 2 pounds of asparagus
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Three minced garlic cloves 
  • One fresh lemon 
  • Tin foil 

Here’s how you prepare it: 

  1. Rinse, and trim the bottom of the asparagus 
  2. Toss with salt, pepper, and olive oil 
  3. Wrap in tin foil 
  4. Leave on grill for 5-10 minutes until lightly charred and tender 
  5. Toss with garlic minced and parmesan cheese 
  6. Squeeze fresh lemon over your delectable asparagus 

4. Smoky Grilled Corn

In the theme of sides you can make on the grill, we found this irresistible Smoky Grilled Corn recipe through Cooking Light. It’s a leveled up version of the classic corn-on-the-cob that we recommend with our Lamb Surf and Turf

According to Cooking Light, you’ll need: 

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter 
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper 
  • 6 medium fresh corn ears 
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives

Preparation is a super easy four-step process: 

  1. Mix all of your ingredients, minus the chives and the corn, in a big bowl together 
  2. Evenly brush the mixture across your six corn ears 
  3. Place on the grill and cook for 10 to 12 minutes, until soft and lightly charred 
  4. Sprinkle corn with your chopped chives 

4. Veggie couscous salad 

This is yet another vegetarian summer salad to enjoy on a hot, sunny day. Preparation is a bit more complex than our previous two salad recommendations, but the time spent is absolutely worth it. 

Couscous is considered a ‘superfood.” It’s packed with nutrients and is a great source of plant-based protein. In addition to being absolutely scrumptious, it’s so healthy for you – bonus! 

Ingredients: 

  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) couscous
  • 1 small carrot, diced and blanched
  • 1 small zucchini, diced
  • 1 cup (250 mL) halved grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, diced
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) finely chopped fresh parsley

Dressing:

  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) yogurt
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) lime zest
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) lime juice
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) honey
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) harissa paste
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt

Here’s what to do with your ingredients: 

  1. Prepare couscous according to package directions
  2. Prepare dressing: whisk together yogurt, lime zest, lime juice, oil, honey, harissa and salt.
  3. Toss together couscous, carrot, zucchini, tomatoes, pepper, onion, parsley and dressing; transfer to serving dish.
  4. Garnish salad with finely chopped almonds, pistachios or pine nuts.
  5. Substitute pearl couscous for regular couscous if desired.
  6. If you like, substitute mint for parsley.

The final step would usually be to top with our Lamb Kofta, but as a side suggestion we’ll make that optional. Serve it with any of your summer lamb favourites! 

5. Pea and Mint pesto 

Our Pea and Mint Pesto dip makes a creamy side for… pretty much anything. It’s an integral part of our Rack Lambsicles, but you can also use it as a dip for chips, veggies, naan, fries, potato wedges, or anything else you think could you use an extra kick of flavour!  

Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) frozen peas, thawed
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) finely chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper

Preparation is effortless. Throw it all in a food processor, and blend until pureed. Serve with your choice of dish! Top with a sprig of mint to up the presentation. 

7. Seasoned Potato Wedges 

Okay burger lovers, it’s time for the side just for you. Seasoned potato wedges are the classic side to any BBQ burger. We picked out our favourite recipe, by myrecipes.com

According to their website, you’ll need: 

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 large russet potatoes, each cut into 8 wedges
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup minced fresh herbs, such as rosemary, thyme, chive, dill, and Italian parsley

Here’s how to bring this recipe to life: 

  1. Heat up the grill to medium 
  2. Toss the potato wedges in the oil, salt, and pepper 
  3. Grill the potatoes over direct medium heat, until they are golden brown and tender 
  4. Take the potatoes off the grill, put them in a bowl, and mix them with the butter and mustard 
  5. Garnish with herbs 

Try it with our Lamb Burgers with Smoked Cheddar and Caramelized Onions, or any of our other lamb burgers! We won’t fault you if you want to pair this with every meal you make, though. It’s truly that delicious. 
There you have it! Our top 7 summer side dishes that will take your summer lamb dinner to the next level. Be sure to tag us on Facebook & Instagram with your delectable summer creations.

5 Lamb Camping Recipes For Summer

Summer is here and it’s camping season. It’s time to spice up your next camping adventure with some gourmet (but easy to prepare) meals. If you’re not sure what to try, we’ve adapted some of our favourite lamb recipes to be streamlined and easy for camping, but just as delicious as always. 

Before you leave, make sure to: 

  • Bring sufficient storage for your leftovers
  • Bring all the required cooking equipment
  • Pack dishwashing supplies 
  • OPTIONAL: Prepare your ingredients in advance (slice and portion your veggies) 

 1. Mediterranean Lamb Burger 

Our Mediterranean Lamb Burger is a backyard BBQ classic and an easy meal to throw together at the campground. The tasty grilled eggplant, sprinkled with goat cheese, basil pesto, and packed arugula tastes truly gourmet… even though you could throw it together in the back of your RV, or over a fire in the middle of nowhere. 

Tools you’ll need to pack: 

  • Fire pit cooking grate
  • Cooler for food storage 
  • Tupperware to hold ingredients 

Ingredients: 

  • 4 patties SunGold Lamb Tonight Our Favourite Lamb Burger
  • 4 slices eggplant
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 4 oz (125 g) goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) prepared basil pesto
  • 1 1/3 cups (325 mL) packed arugula

Process: 

  1. Start your fire and allow it to heat up.
  2. Place patties and eggplant slices on the cooking grate. 
  3. Turn patties and eggplant slices once, after 8 to 10 minutes or until grill-marked and burgers are cooked through.
  4. Throw buns on the grill and let them toast to golden brown.
  5. Assemble the buns, patties, and eggplants with sliced tomato, goat cheese, basil pesto, and arugula. 

To streamline even farther, prepare your topping portions in advance, or leave out the ones you deem a hassle to transport.

2. Lamb Shawarma with Romesco Dipping Sauce

Lamb kabobs are so easy to prepare on the go. Sungold Lamb Tonight Shawarma Lamb Kabobs come pre-made with skewers already included… so that’s one less thing to pack on your trip. If you’re able to do some prep for the romesco dipping sauce in advance, you’ll have a rich meal that serves four that takes under 20 minutes to cook when you’re actually out camping. So, here’s how to make some delicious Lamb Shawarma… 

Tools you’ll need to pack: 

  • Fire pit cooking grate
  • Pot to reheat romesco dipping sauce 
  • Tin foil 
  • Cooler for food storage 
  • Tupperware to hold ingredients 

Ingredients: 

  • 4 SunGold Lamb Shawarma kabobs (about 10 oz/300 g)
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped fresh parsley

Romesco Dipping Sauce:

  • 1/2 red pepper, halved and seeded
  • 2 plum tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) blanched almonds, toasted
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) cubed lightly toasted baguette or French loaf
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) hot pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) sherry or red wine vinegar

Process: 

BEFORE YOU LEAVE (ROMESCO SAUCE): 

  1. Preheat broiler to high.
  2. Place pepper and tomatoes, cut sides down on foil-lined baking sheet; brush with 4 tsp (20 mL) olive oil.
  3. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until well charred.
  4. Let cool enough to handle; peel away skins and chop.
  5. In a food processor, chop garlic. Add almonds; pulse until finely chopped. Add paprika, hot pepper flakes, salt and pepper; process until fine.
  6. Add reserved pepper and tomatoes; process until chunky. Add vinegar; pulse until combined. With the machine running, drizzle in remaining olive oil until smooth. 
  7. Transfer to tupperware for storage.

AT THE CAMPSITE: 

  1. Start your fire and allow it to heat up.
  2. Transfer the romesco sauce from your tupperware into a small pot. Stir regularly and allow it to heat until warm. 
  3. Place the Lamb Tonight lamb kabobs on the cooking grate.
  4. Grill lamb kabobs, turning occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes or until grill-marked and cooked through. Tent with foil and let rest for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley.

Tip for the extra outdoorsy: If you want to immerse yourself even deeper in the outdoor cooking experience, try making the romesco sauce on your trip too! Swap out the food processor for a mortar and pestle, and bring a skillet to cook your vegetables in. It’s a lot more work this way, but it’ll definitely be a memorable and rewarding part of your trip. 

3. Charmoula Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Lamb Merguez

Charmoula Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Lamb Merguez sounds (and tastes) fancy, but it’s as easy to make as your regular camping meals. Think of the classic scene of roasting hotdogs over a campfire… but with some added spice. And some scrumptious roasted sweet potatoes. 

Tools you’ll need to pack: 

  • Fire pit cooking grate
  • Tin foil 
  • Tongs 
  • Hot dog skewers 
  • Cooler for food storage 
  • Tupperware to hold ingredients 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 pkg (400 g) SunGold Merguez Lamb Sausage, cooked according to package directions
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) olive oil
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) finely chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) paprika
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) lemon zest
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) each salt and pepper
  • 2 lb (1 kg) sweet potatoes, scrubbed and cut into chunks
  • Lemon wedges

Process: 

BEFORE YOU LEAVE (SWEET POTATOES): 

  1. In a large bowl, stir olive oil with half of the cilantro, parsley, garlic, paprika, lemon juice, lemon zest, cumin, salt and pepper; toss with sweet potatoes until coated.
  2. Store coated sweet potatoes in tupperware. 

AT THE CAMPSITE: 

  1. Double wrap sweet potatoes in tin foil and place them in the hot coals. Allow them to bake for 25 minutes until golden brown and tender. Use tongs to gently remove them once they’re complete. 
  2. Skewer the Merguez Lamb sausage and heat over the flames until it’s cooked through.

*Again, you can do all of the ‘before you leave’ steps at the campsite, but this is just suggested for those who want to save prep time.*

4. Rapini and Garlic Penne with Lamb Sausage

Rapini and Garlic Penne with Lamb Sausage is another recipe that takes a bit more time and effort with the campfire. The steps are pretty much identical to the steps you’d take at home, but in the fresh air over a campfire. If you don’t want to tackle boiling water over a fire, then we recommend bringing your propane camping stove for this one. 

Tools you’ll need to pack: 

  • Propane camping stove 
  • Fire pit cooking grate
  • Cooler for food storage 
  • Tupperware to hold ingredients 
  • Pot to cook penne 
  • Skillet 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 pkg (340 g) SunGold Mild Italian Lamb Sausage, sliced
  • 1 box (375 g) penne pasta
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
  • 1 bunch rapini, trimmed and cut into 2-inch (5 cm) pieces
  • 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) grated Parmesan cheese
  • Pinch red chili flakes

Process: 

BEFORE YOU LEAVE (OPTIONAL): 

  1. Portion your rapini and mix it with finely chopped onion, garlic cloves, and salt and pepper.

AT THE CAMPSITE: 

  1. Start your fire and allow it to heat up OR set your propane camping stove to medium high.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  3. Drain, reserving 1/3 cup (75 mL) pasta water.
  4. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet set over medium-high heat; cook sausage for 2 minutes or until it starts to brown.
  5. Add rapini, onion, garlic, salt and pepper to skillet; cook, stirring, for 3 to 5 minutes or until vegetables start to soften.
  6. Stir in tomato sauce; bring to boil.
  7. Reduce heat to low.
  8. Simmer for 8 to 10 minutes or until sausage is cooked and rapini is tender.
  9. Add pasta and pasta water to skillet; toss until pasta is well coated.
  10. Stir in 2 tbsp (30 mL) grated cheese.
  11. Transfer to a serving platter; sprinkle chili flakes and remaining Parmesan cheese over top.

5. Lamb Donair with Seasoned Ground Lamb

To close out our list, we’re giving you another extra easy-to-make recipe. Lamb Donair with Seasoned Ground Lamb is a sweet, garlicky, protein-filled pita sandwich that will power you up for your summer hikes. 

Tools you’ll need to pack: 

  • Fire pit cooking grate
  • Cooler for food storage 
  • Tupperware to hold ingredients 
  • Skillet 
  • Bamboo skewers 
  • Potato masher 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 pkg (350 g) SunGold Our Favourite Seasoned Lamb
  • 1 1/4 cups (300 mL) shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup (250 mL) chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) finely chopped white onions
  • 4 large Greek-style pitas, warmed

Donair Sauce:

  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) evaporated milk
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) granulated sugar
  • 4 tsp (20 mL) white vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp (3 mL) garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) mayonnaise

Process: 

BEFORE YOU LEAVE (DONAIR SAUCE) 

  1. Mix together evaporated milk, sugar, vinegar, garlic powder and salt until smooth; stir in mayonnaise.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

AT THE CAMPSITE: 

  1. Start your fire and allow it to heat up. 
  2. Using potato masher, mash ground lamb for about 1 minute or until mixture comes together; divide into 8 portions.
  3. Shape each portion into an oval patty, about 2 inches (5 cm) long and 1/2 inch (1 cm) thick.
  4. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat; fry patties for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until golden brown and cooked through.
  5. Fold patties, lettuce, tomatoes and onions into pitas.
  6. Drizzle with Donair Sauce.
  7. Thread bamboo skewers through each pita to hold them together.
  8. Serve with remaining sauce on the side.

Why bring Lamb Tonight on your next camping trip? 

Sungold’s Lamb Tonight products come conveniently packaged and pre-seasoned, which shortens your prep time – and allows you to spend more time adventuring! Of course, if you’re someone who likes to experiment with outdoor cooking, Lamb Tonight products work as a solid, nutritious base for fancier experimental meals.

The Ultimate Beer + Lamb Pairing Guide

There’s nothing like an ice cold beer on a hot summer day! No meal is really complete without the right beer pairing to go with your SunGold lamb recipe.

Want to know the secret? Finding the right beer pairing is all about balancing flavours. You want both your lamb and beer to stand out, so the key is to avoid matching flavours that are too similar. 

We get it – the beer industry has really exploded over the last few years. It’s hard to choose when there’s so much to choose from! Luckily, we’ve done the hard work for you and paired the perfect brews to your favourite SunGold recipes

Ready to get started? Hit the guide below! 

Belgian-Style Blonde Ale

Belgian-style Blonde Ale complements pasta dishes well. The fruity, slightly spicy flavour profile and high-carbonation provide an almost citrusy zap that sits perfectly with pasta dishes. 

Dish suggestion: Rapini and Garlic Penne with Lamb Sausage 

Image of prepared Rapini and Garlic Penne with Lamb Sausage

Our light and tasty Rapini and Garlic Penne with Lamb Sausage can be seriously elevated by the zesty profile of a Belgian Blonde. This beer is the ideal partner to the dish’s combination of mild Italian lamb sausage, garlicky goodness and parmesan cheese! Plus, a Belgian Blonde never hurts while you’re cooking, either! 

Beer Suggestion: New Limburg’s Belgian Blonde

Our beer suggestion is New Limburg’s Belgian Blonde. Why? They’re a microbrewery out of Simcoe Ontario that specializes in Belgian-style beers. Who’s a better choice than the Belgian beer experts themselves? 

Image of New Limburg’s Belgian Blonde in both a bottle and a glass

Dark Lager

Dark lagers are dark in colour and rich in flavour. The roasted malt results in a flavour that is neither hoppy nor bitter, but is often described as chocolatey. Dark lagers are rich, but not to the point of overpowering – which makes them a nice compliment to red meat.

Dish suggestion: Slow Cooker Lamb Goulash 

This dish (and beer) is for those cool and stormy summer nights! Classic Goulash is not complete without a dark beer next to it. Our Slow Cooker Lamb Goulash combines lamb shoulder, fresh vegetables, and smoky spices that will leave you wanting more! The best part? Throw everything in your slow cooker and leave those flavors to build all day long!

Slow Cooker Lamb Goulash on a table next to sour cream

Beer suggestion: Fahr’s ‘Munich’

In following the German Goulash theme, it’s only appropriate to recommend a popular Canadian-German beer. Brewed out of Alberta (but authentically German nonetheless), Fahr’s ‘Munich’ contains notes of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit that will complement your lamb dish perfectly. 

Porters

There are many different types of Porters, but they all have a few things in common: Dark, rich, and slightly (delicious!) bitter flavours. The notes of this beer can contain hints of licorice, caramel, toffee, chocolate, or coffee. These brews are often described as ‘smokey’ or ‘roasted.” Porters are often dark red or black in colour. 

Dish suggestion: Charmoula Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Lamb Merguez

Charmoula Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Lamb Merguez prepared with salad and lemon

Porters do well paired with grilled or smoked sausages, and are nicely balanced with gently sweet flavours. That’s why we chose our Charmoula Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Lamb Merguez as the ideal porter companion. The flavours of sweet potatoes and grilled lamb sausage are rounded out scrumptiously by the smokey, dark profile of a porter. 

Beer suggestion: Medicine Hat Brewing Company’s Brick and Mortar Porter 

Medicine Hat Brewing Company’s Brick and Mortar Porter exists somewhere between an English-style, and a robust porter. It’s smooth, sweet, and has little hints of chocolate, coffee, and caramel. 

Indian Pale Ale 

If you’re someone who loves hot food, pair a spicy dish with an Indian Pale Ale! It’ll really add something extra to the spice. The bitter hops of IPAs will add an extra delicious kick to any spicy dish you make.

*Fans of milder flavours, you might pair this dish with a light lager to offset the spice.*

Dish suggestion: Spicy Grilled Merguez and Red Onion Pizza

Spicy Grilled Merguez and Red Onion Pizza next to onion and a pizza cutter

A few parts smoky, a few parts spicy, this do-it-yourself pizza is a great option to share with family and friends over a couple of IPAs. This recipe calls for our Lamb Tonight Merguez Lamb Sausages, which are pre-seasoned, gluten free and super convenient! 

PRO TIP: Grilling this pizza adds a nice smoky flavour and chars the crust for a crisp and tasty finish.

Beer Suggestion: Legend 7 Brewing’s ‘Temptation’ 

Legend 7 Brewing’s ‘Temptation’ in a bottle and poured into a glass in front of a miniature pirate ship

Source: https://www.colehofstra.com/calgary-beer-photography/

Our IPA of the day is Legend 7 Brewings ‘Temptation.” In addition to coming in a really cool looking bottle, it’s got some delicious flavour profiles. It can be described as floral and piney with a ‘well-balanced’ bitterness. 
If you’d like to learn more about drink and lamb pairings, check out our Ultimate Lamb and Wine Pairing Guide, as well as some of our Favourite Drinks Paired With Your Favourite Lamb.

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!