Will it pastrami? is what I wanted to know about lamb top sirloin, one of my favorite cuts. The answer is yes. The subtle gaminess of the meat works perfectly with the aromatic spices of this pastrami-inspired rub, which gets activated by the heat and smoke of the grill. Served over my Green Quinoa Tabbouleh with yogurt sauce and a sprig of mint.


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Recipe Summary

15 mins
16 mins
2 hrs 5 mins
2 hrs 36 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist
For the Wet Rub:
For the Sauce:


Instructions Checklist
  • Cut 4 to 5 slashes, about 1/4-inch deep, in a crosshatch pattern on both sides of the lamb.

  • Pour 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil into a bowl. Add black pepper, coriander, paprika, cayenne pepper, and kosher salt. Whisk together; add enough olive oil to make a paste. Rub lamb pieces into the spice mixture until thoroughly coated. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 to 3 hours, or overnight.

  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate.

  • Place lamb on the grate. Grill to a doneness between medium and medium-well, about 8 minutes per side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 140 degrees F (60 degrees C).

  • Transfer lamb to a plate and let cool, about 5 minutes. Slice thinly. Mix yogurt, mustard, garlic, and mint together; serve sauce with the lamb.

Chef's Notes:

You can substitute kosher salt with about 2 teaspoons table salt.

While this would be perfectly fine cooked to a rosy-pink interior, I want to go just past medium for this particular recipe, since not only do I want a pastrami-like flavor profile, I also wanted it to have a firmer texture, and to be able to absorb the maximum amount of smoke.

Get the recipe for Green Quinoa Tabbouleh.

Nutrition Facts

305 calories; protein 18.5g; carbohydrates 5.9g; fat 23.2g; cholesterol 68.2mg; sodium 1599mg. Full Nutrition