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Pulled shoulder of lamb with fennel, carrot and chilli slaw

12 August 2013

This pulled lamb and slaw can be served in a pitta or flatbread to make an excellent finger food, perfect for summer garden parties.

Pulled shoulder of lamb
Pulled shoulder of lamb is served with fennel, carrot and chilli slaw

Preparation time

25 minutes

Cooking time

4 hours




  • 1 x 1.3kg/3lb lean whole shoulder of lamb
  • Flatbreads or pitta breads, to serve

For the spiced rub

  • Salt and freshly milled black pepper
  • 3 large garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 large red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 45ml/3tbsp ground coriander
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 30ml/2 tbsp rapeseed or olive oil
  • 300ml/½ pint red grape juice

For the fennel, carrot and chilli slaw

  • 1 small fennel bulb, finely sliced or shredded
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and grated
  • 60ml/4tbsp sweet chilli sauce
  • 60ml/4tbsp light mayonnaise
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 30ml/2 tbsp freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley


1. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 3, 170°C, 325°F. To prepare the spiced rub; in a small bowl mix all the ingredients together, except the grape juice.

2. Place the joint in a non-stick roasting tin and coat on both sides with the rub. Pour the grape juice around the lamb, cover with baking parchment then foil. Roast for 4 hours, turning half way during cooking.

3. Meanwhile, to prepare the fennel and chilli slaw; in a large bowl mix together the ingredients and set aside.

4. Remove the lamb from the tin and finish on a medium prepared barbecue for 10 minutes on each side (optional).

5. Place the joint on a chopping board and `pull’ the cooked lamb apart by securing the joint with a fork and shredding the meat with another fork.

6. Serve the lamb in flatbreads or pitta breads with the coleslaw.

Our thanks to Simply Beef and Lamb for providing this recipe.


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