Matthew Hayden’s BBQ Lamb

Matthew Hayden PCFA

In Australia we love our BBQs. And with spring well on the way, it’s time to heat up the grill and enjoy some outdoor dining with friends and family. This week I was contacted by the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia about this year’s BIG AUSSIE BARBIE campaign.

logo.barbie@2xIt’s a national campaign that will run throughout September (coinciding with International Prostate Cancer Awareness Month) and encourages all Australians to host BBQs in a bid to raise funds for PCFA’s ongoing work. All money raised is invested back into community initiatives and research.

So naturally I thought – this is a great cause, and it encourages everyone to eat some great BBQ food, so of course I wanted to get involved!

I’m excited to share an exclusive recipe from Matthew Hayden – his favourite BBQ recipe I’m told! But first, make sure you register a BBQ of your own at the BIG AUSSIE BBQ website. It’s really easy. Just register your BBQ, invite your mates around and raise a bit of cash for cancer research.

Here’s Matthew’s recipe, with a couple of paleo tweaks of course!

Matthew Hayden’s Favourite Barbie Recipe – BBQ Lamb


1.5kg Boned Lamb Shoulder or Leg
5 tbsp Plain Yogurt (make it paleo by substituting for coconut milk)
2 tsp Whole Cumin Seeds
1 tsp Smoked Paprika
2 Tbsp. Onion Powder
1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
1 tsp White Pepper Powder
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Ground Fresh Ginger
1 Whole Nutmeg
1 tsp Whole Cloves
1 tsp Mustard Oil
1 tsp Yellow Mustard Seeds


Place all ingredients into a food processor and blast into smooth paste.

Rub the lamb and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Place marinated meat on BBQ on a high flame for 10 minutes until seared all over than reduce heat for remainder of the cooking (approx. 25 mins)

Serve sliced with a spiced Cucumber Rita.You could also serve in lettuce leaf wraps or on a bed of cauliflower rice.

Alison Sims

Passionate about real food and healthy living, Alison Sims is the founder and author of Paleo Foodies. She is on a mission to discover the best paleo dining in Australia and all around the world. What started as a part time blog in 2013 has lead to a full time career for Alison, who previously spent a decade in Advertising and Marketing. She is now a regular contributor to health and lifestyle publications, a public speaker in food and health, and co-publisher of Paleo Foodies Magazine.

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