Sink your teeth into the perfect dish. These Bacon Wrapped Lamb Chops are a delicious dinner idea that aims to please.
If you love lamb or bacon, you will love this recipe! This lamb chop recipe is dangerously delicious, simple yet fancy, and tender and crispy all at the same time.
Ingredients for Bacon Wrapped Lamb Chops
Meat. For this recipe, you will need 3 lbs of lamb chops (2 racks of lamb) and 1 lb of regular-cut bacon.
For cooking. To cook the lamb, grab 2 quarts of canola oil.
How to Make Bacon Wrapped Lamb Chops
Prep the lamb. Cut the lamb chops into single-bone portions. Trim off any excess fat and french the bones for a cleaner presentation. Pro-Tip: you can ask your butcher to do this; make sure to tip them well!!
Marinate the lamb. Marinate the lamb for at least 1 hour (preferably 2-4) with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and onion.
Wrap the lamb. Once the lamb chops are marinated, wrap the meat of each chop with a slice of bacon and pin the bacon with a toothpick so it doesn’t fall off.
Cook the lamb. Heat your oil to 350 degrees F. Fry the chops for about 5-7 minutes until the bacon is crispy and the lamb is about 135 degrees internally (Medium)
Serve. Once the lamb is done, let rest, serve, and enjoy!
Recipe Tips, Tricks, and Variations
Prepping the lamb. Make sure you let the lamb reach room temperature before cooking. I recommend taking them out of the fridge about 1 hour before cooking.
Overcooking. Don’t overcook the lamb chops. To cook, you only need a few minutes on each side.
Serving lamb chops. You can serve this recipe as an appetizer, in bulk on a plate for a potluck dinner, evening with friends, or fancy game day appetizer.
Pan Fry. You can pan-fry or shallow fry these lamb chops as well, cooking for about 3 minutes per side.
Air Fry. You may also air fry or oven bake for about 10-14 minutes at 375 degrees F.
Sides. You can stretch this recipe by serving it alongside starch and a vegetable to make the meal go a long way.
Plan ahead. This recipe is easy to make in a flash. I recommend keeping some lamb frozen in the freezer for easy dinner night options or if an unexpected dinner guest pops over.
Side Dishes to Pair with Bacon Wrapped Lamb Chops
If you are serving these lamb chops as an entree, I recommend completing the meal and serving them up on a fluffy bed of mashed potatoes or alongside my White Cheddar Mashed Potato Casserole.
Other great side dish options include crispy potatoes, baked potatoes, rice, couscous, french beans, Sheet Pan Green Beans Almondine with Bacon, Green Bean Casserole NO MUSHROOMS!!, carrots, Pellet Grill Corn On The Cob, or ad always, a fresh green salad.
Lamb? What is Lamb?
Let’s start with the basics … you know how veal is a young cow? Well, a lamb is a young sheep not old than one year old.
You will find that lamb comes in a variety of cuts:
- Rack of Lamb
- Lamb Loin Chops
- Leg of Lamb
- Lamb Shoulder
- Lamb Shanks
Other cuts of lamb exist, but these are the most common and easiest to find.
I typically purchase lamb from Costco. However, I have seen it at local grocery stores and butcher shops.
What does Lamb Taste Like?
If you are familiar with veal, lamb is similar.
Because of the age of the sheep, the lamb is very tender. However, depending on how the lamb is finished, it can vary in the amount of marbling it has.
That being said, there are two types of lamb – Grain-Finished Lamb and Grass-Finished Lamb.
What is the difference?
Grain-Finished Lamb: Grain-finished lamb is not very gamey and will have a ton of marbling and fat.
Grass-Finished Lamb: Grass-finished lamb has much more of a gamey taste to it. However, the meat is leaner and has much less fat.
When you cook lamb, what temperature is it done at?
If you are following food safe temperatures, it is safe to consume when it reaches an internal temperature of:
- Medium-rare:145 degrees Fahrenheit
- Medium: 160 degrees Fahrenheit
- Well done: 170 degrees Fahrenheit
What can I do with leftover lamb chops?
Repurposing leftovers to make something new is always a blast and something I really enjoy.
I recommend giving a couple of different recipes a try; consider making Greek lamb baguettes, lamb flatbread, or lamb tacos.
Bacon Wrapped Lamb Chops
- Cut the lamb chops into single-bone portions. Trim off any excess fat and french the bones for a cleaner presentation. (you can ask your butcher to do this) Tip them well!!
- Marinate the Lamb for at least 1 hour (preferably 2-4) with Olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and onion.
- Once the lamb chops are marinated, wrap the meat of each chop with a slice of bacon and pin the bacon with a toothpick, so it doesn't fall off
- Heat your oil to 350 degrees F. Fry the chops for about 5-7 minutes until the bacon is crispy and the lamb is about 135 degrees internally (Medium)