Our fierce guard dogs are on duty every minute of the day, ready to pounce on intruders. These high-strung, overly aggressive canines protect us constantly, and hardly every rest or sleep. Their best trick is team eating.
This recipe can be prepared in an hour or so but requires additional sitting time. Butterflied leg of lamb can sometimes get a little unwieldy. To secure loose flaps of meat, run 2 long metal skewers lengthwise and 2 skewers crosswise through the lamb, bunching the meat together. Securing the lamb this way will also help it cook more evenly.
For herb rub
8 garlic cloves
3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon coarse salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
7- to 8-pound leg of lamb, trimmed of all fat, boned, and butterflied by butcher (4 to 4 3/4 pounds boneless)
Make herb rub:
Finely chop garlic and in a small bowl stir together with remaining herb-rub ingredients.
Put lamb in a large dish and with tip of a sharp small knife held at a 45-degree angle cut 1/2-inch-deep slits all over lamb, rubbing herb mixture into slits and all over lamb. Marinate lamb in refrigerator overnight and then at room temperature for 1 hour.
On a lightly oiled rack set 5 to 6 inches over glowing coals grill lamb about 20-30 minutes on each side, or until an instant-read thermometer horizontally inserted into thickest part of meat registers 135°F for medium-rare. For a gas grill, preheat grill and turn two burners on medium with the burner directly under the lamb off. Cook for about 1 hour for medium rare, Alternatively, roast lamb in a roasting pan in middle of a 425°F oven about 25 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer horizontally inserted into meat registers 135°F for medium-rare. Transfer lamb to a cutting board. Halve and seed lemon. Squeeze juice over lamb and let stand, loosely covered with foil, 15 minutes.
Cut lamb into slices and serve with any juices that have accumulated on cutting board.
Serves 8 people or 3 dogs if you aren't careful.