Recipe: Slow Cooker Lamb with Garlic and Bacon

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I’m not going to lie. I know Mary would be offended, but I love the taste of lamb. It’s got this earthiness to it that I find infinitely appealing. If you’re into savory foods and haven’t experienced the joy that is a properly cooked lamb, I’ve got a great recipe for you today that is an easy way to make it for your first time. Plus there’s garlic and bacon, so there’s that.

Credit Fast Paleo for the recipe and check out the post to see some pictures and instructions.

So the ingredients are really straight forward:

  • A Leg of Lamb (I suppose you could use any cut, with or without bones. I used a boneless leg of lamb but either way when you’re done it would fall off the bone no matter what).
  • 8 or so peeled cloves of garlic
  • 1 Onion
  • Rosemary
  • Bacon (I used three slices torn in half–don’t use your teeth, it’s still raw, enough to coat the bottom of your slow cooker)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Fresh Mint Leaves (personal preference)

Preparing this is a cinch and cooking it is even easier.

Start off by layering bacon on the bottom of the slow cooker. This provided an amazing flavor to the lamb and the onions. In fact, if I could find a way, I think I would infuse my entire life with bacon this way.

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Now season your lamb with Rosemary, salt and pepper all over. Cut 8 (or more if you love garlic) slits in the lamb and stuff your cloves into the little holes like you’re burying Italian Treasures (as you do). Place on top of the delicious bacon and onions.

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OPTIONAL: I love mint with my lamb, so I decided to place some fresh mint leaves on the lamb to infuse some flavor into it during the cooking process.

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Go ahead and slow cook that little lamb overnight on low (6-8 hours) and the next morning you will be greeted by this delicious-ness:

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Cut into that baby and you’ll find a perfectly prepared leg of lamb. YUM.

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It was even tastier than it looks! Enjoy this with your favorite veggie side and a sweet potato. Top with fresh mint before eating and don’t just leave those bacon infused onions in the pot, bring them along for the ride.

One word of warning: if you cook this overnight, you may find yourself arising in the middle of the night to a sheer heavenly smell. If your house was built prior to 1980, be careful because your walls may contain asbestos and you may go zombie and start chewing on anything you can find to satiate yourself due to the heavenly scents all over your home. Be safe people. 

Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments.