Coffee-rubbed Lamb Barbacoa

Lamb Barbecoa with Mole
Lamb Barbecoa with Mole

Coffee-rubbed Lamb Barbacoa

A meaty delight, this melt-in-the-mouth barbeque recipe balances coffee with Madhūka expertly.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 8


  • 2 Dried ancho chillies
  • 4 tbsp Dark roast instant coffee powder
  • 4 tbsp Madhūka Powder
  • 2 tbsp Smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp Ground cumin
  • 2 tsp Garlic salt (or ½ tsp garlic granules plus 1½ tsp sea salt flakes)
  • 1 tsp Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 kg Lamb (recommend shoulder and neck cuts)
  • 3 Large red onions, cut into wedges
  • 500 ml Beef stock


  • Submerge the ancho chillies in just-boiled water for 20 minutes to rehydrate. Drain, pat dry then discard the stalk and roughly chop the chillies. Put in a bowl and add the coffee, Madhūka Powder, paprika, cinnamon, cumin, garlic salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar. Mix to create a paste then rub this all over the lamb. Cover and chill for a minimum of 4 hours, ideally overnight.
    Lamb Barbecoa marinade
  • Remove the lamb from the fridge 1 hour before you are ready to cook it, to come to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 140°C, fan 120°C, gas 1. Put the onion wedges in the bottom of a roasting tin that’s just large enough to hold the beef. Sit the joint on top, then pour the stock around it. Cover with a few sheets of foil, tucking them tightly around the edges of the tin to create a mini-oven effect, and roast for 4 hours, turning the joint halfway through the cooking time and re-covering.
    Lamb Barbecoa before cooking
  • Remove from the oven and increase the temperature to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas 6. Turn the lamb and return to the oven for 20 minutes, uncovered. Remove the meat and leave to rest, covered, on a board. Tip the onions and cooking liquid into a wide pan and bubble on the hob for 15 minutes, or until the liquid has reduced to a glossy sauce-like consistency.
    Lamb Barbecoa
  • To serve, slice the lamb and spoon the onion sauce over. We recommend serving with our Madhūka Mole sauce in a corn tortilla wrap!
    Lamb Barbecoa

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