Lamb will be at its juiciest and most flavorful if you remove it from the grill while it is still slightly pink in the center. To test for doneness, cut a small slit near the bone and check the color.
To broil lamb chops, place on broiler pan; broil 4 to 6 inches from heat using above times as a guide.
To prepare a charcoal fire, start 30 to 45 minutes before beginning to cook. Mound briquettes into a pyramid; add charcoal lighter fluid and wait the time recommended on the package before lighting the mound. When coals are covered with a light gray ash, they have reached the proper grilling temperature. Arrange the coals in a single layer so they just touch, and position the rack 4 to 6 inches above the coals.
To judge the temperature of the charcoal fire, hold your hand, palm side down, over the coals at cooking height. Now count the number of seconds you can hold that position. This give you an indication of the temperature.
• 5 seconds--low
• 4 seconds--medium
• 3 seconds--medium-high
• 2 seconds--high
Vent holes on kettle grills help control air flow and, consquently, temperature. Open the vents fully to raise the temperature; close halfway to lower it. Close the vents completely to snuff out the coals.
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