Now with this shower for my daughter coming up and berries coming in and needing the freezer space... I pulled it out the other day and thawed it...
I decided to cook it in our smoker... I salted and peppered it... added a variety of herbs (rosemary, mint, thyme, oregano, basil) to my smoker's water pan... set the temp to 250 and the time to 8 hours and let 'er smoke... adding chips (I used Jack Daniels whiskey barrel chips) every hour or two.
Due to our schedules and such, we weren't gonna get all that lamb eaten any time soon so I canned it...
First, I removed all the meat from the bone and cut it into stew sized chunks, taking care to remove any excess fat and gristly pieces.
Then I boiled my wide-mouth pint jars and put my lids on to simmer.
Then I filled the jars with boiling water, leaving an inch headspace.
I wiped the jar rims with a damp cloth and tightened my lids on to fingertip tightness (no tighter or you can end up with buckling lids!)
I then processed the jars in my pressure canner at 10 lbs. pressure for 75 minutes (quarts would process for 90 minutes).
After the processing time, (I gotta be honest here!) it was time to leave for work so I turned the stove off and left the canner to cool naturally while I was gone for the day.
When I got back home, I removed the jars from the canner and set them on a folded dish towel on the counter... they'd already cooled AND PINGED!!! while I was gone so I missed the music! But they all sealed!
I ended up with 7 pints of lamb chunks... lamb stew this winter??? I think so!
And now I have this lovely meaty lamb bone left... I'm thinking I'll try making a little lamb broth outta that.