Lamb Leg Cuts

Lamb Leg Cuts
The leg of lamb is the most popular cut. It's usually roasted, but it can be boned and butterflied for grilling.
lamb leg
lamb leg
These are sold either with or without bones. The full leg is too large and unwieldy for many families, so it's often cut into two half leg pieces: the lean shank half and the more tender but more bony sirloin half. Alternatively, you can buy a short leg = 3/4 French style leg, which includes the shank half plus half of the sirloin half, giving you three-quarters of a leg. Legs are usually roasted, but boneless legs of all sizes can be either rolled and tied or butterflied so that they lie flat for grilling or broiling. If a leg of any size has some meat cut away to expose the bone at the end, it's called a Frenched leg. If the bone at the end is simply lopped off, it's called an American leg.
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lamb leg chop
lamb leg chop
Cut from the leg, these are usually braised, broiled, or grilled. They're available boneless or bone-in
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sirloin half of leg
sirloin half of leg
This is the upper half of a leg of lamb, and it makes a tender, but bony roast. Many people ask the butcher to bone this cut, then either roll and tie it or butterfly it.
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