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Lamb Asado with Molho de Campanha

Lamb Asado with Molho de Campanha

Lamb is a popular meat at Chilean asados (barbecues). Seasoned simply with salt and pepper, then grilled over mature coals, the meat is often served with freshly made rustic sauces or salsas.


For the lamb:

  • One butterflied leg of lamb, about 5 pounds Coarse salt (kosher or sea)
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the molho de campanha:

  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar, or more to taste
  • Coarse salt (kosher or sea) and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 medium plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and diced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and diced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, cored, seeded, and diced
  • 1/2 sweet onion, peeled and diced
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


Step 1

Cut a small chunk of fat from the lamb (use this to oil the grill grate), then season the meat generously with salt and pepper. Let the meat rest for 45 minutes.

Step 2

Set up a grill for direct grilling and heat to medium-high. Brush the grill grate clean, then impale the lamb fat on a long-handled fork and oil the grill grate. Arrange the lamb on the grate and grill, turning as needed, for 40 minutes to one hour. (The time will depend on the heat of your grill.)

Step 3

In the meantime, place the wine vinegar, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper in a nonreactive mixing bowl and whisk until the salt dissolves. Add the tomatoes, bell peppers, onion, parsley, and oil and stir to mix. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt, black pepper, and/or vinegar as necessary.

Step 4

Let the lamb rest for 10 minutes before carving and serving with the molho de campanha.

Serves 8