Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Grilled Rack of Veal

Another Goumet Group recipe winner!  This grilled rack of veal was the main course of the dinner party we recently hosted.  We always host our group in the summer and we usually choose something on the grill.  We love to make the most of our short summer season and there is nothing like dining al fresco on a warm, starry night.

This year, I wanted to serve something different. We've done many various on the steak before. After previewing all the new grilling cookbooks, I found a recipe in Serious BBQ by Adam Perry Lang that really caught my eye called "Very French Rack of Veal".  I knew that veal would be expensive and I also knew that I wanted to be serve humanely treated veal.  I was so happy to find that my local meat market only sells Strauss Veal which is humanely raised.

I did my due-diligence and searched the internet for rack of veal recipes to make sure we would cook it for the right amount of time.  We didn't want to make a mistake with an expensive cut of meat.  That lead me to this video.  I actually combined parts of both recipes in my final adaptation.  One thing that is absolutely necessary for this recipe is a digital thermometer with an alarm.  The veal was done to a perfect temperature.  The seasoning paste, glaze and finishing dressing make this an outstanding recipe!

Soooo, how much veal would I need for 10 people?  Exactly two, 6-bone racks of veal in order to get the best price and a healthy portion of leftovers for me and hubby since we knew we'd be too tired to cook for the next couple of days. If you look at the grill photo at the top, you will see the two racks of veal standing up side-by-side with the Frenched rib bones interlocked as they started cooking on our gas grill.

The end result was superb!  Tender, delicious veal with so much flavor that I will most definitely make this again for a special occasion.

Grilled Rack of Veal

Adapted from both Serious BBQ by Adam Perry Lang and this video by Barbecues Galore
Printable Recipe

Serves 10

Two 5-bone racks of veal, bones Frenched and the racks tied, each about 4-1/2 to 5 pounds
Several large onions, quartered.

Seasoning Paste:

1 tablespoon crushed hot red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons boiling water
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ cup Dijon mustard
¼ cup thinly sliced garlic
2 tablespoons firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons sweet paprika
2 tablespoons thyme leaves
2 tablespoons sage, cut in chiffonade
2 tablespoons coarsely ground fresh black pepper
1 tablespoon garlic salt


1/2 cup honey
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Finishing Dressing:

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon, halved, and seeds removed
¼ cup finely chopped chives
¼ cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
Fleur de sel
Finely ground fresh black pepper

1. Place the pepper flakes in a small bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Let sit for 1 to 2 minutes to rehydrate the flakes. Combine all of the seasoning paste ingredients, including the pepper flakes and the soaking water.

Lay out a triple layer of plastic wrap that will be large enough to completely wrap one of the racks.

Place the first rack on the plastic and rub half of the seasoning blend on all sides of the meat. Wrap completely in the plastic wrap. Lay out a triple layer of plastic wrap and repeat with the second rack and the remaining seasoning paste. Refrigerate for at least 5 hours, or up to 8. Take the racks out of the refrigerator at least one hour before cooking time.

2. Place the glaze ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and shake to combine. Set aside.

3. Prepare the roasting pan. Place a rack inside a shallow roasting pan. Place the quartered onions along the sides of the roasting pan outside the rack and then fill the pan with water up to the bottom of the rack so that the water will not touch the meat.

4. Unwrap the racks of veal and place in the prepared roasting pan bottom-sides facing each other with the rib bones upward, standing them up much as possible. Interlock the rib bones so that the roast will cook uniformly. Place a digital, remote temperature probe inside the thickest part of the meat in one of the veal racks, being careful not to touch the bones. Set the alarm to go off at 125 degrees.

5. Preheat the gas grill to 450 degrees and place the roasting pan with the racks of veal inside the grill along with a box of hickory hardwood chips and close the lid. Allow to cook for 10 minutes. Then, turn off the two center burners and reduce the heat to 300 and continue to cook with the lid closed until the internal temperature reaches 125 degrees (in about 1 to 1-1/2 hours)

6. Remove the racks from the grill keeping the temperature probe in one of the veal racks (you don't want the juices running out!). Increase the temperature to 350 degrees. Give the glaze a shake to reincorporate any ingredients that may have settled.

7. Place directly on the grill and baste with the glaze. Cook until the racks reach desired doneness, turning over and basting again once. Be careful that the glaze does not make the grill flare up, having a spray bottle of water to put of the flames if it does. Take off the grill when the meat reaches 140 degrees.

8. Place the meat onto a shallow baking pan and cover loosely with foil. Allow to rest for at least 15 minutes, then carve parallel to the bones into chops. Place the meat onto a serving platter and drizzle with the olive oil and lemon juice finishing dressing and sprinkle the chives, parsley, fleur de sel, and pepper over the top, tossing lightly, if necessary. Season with fleur de sel and pepper.


  1. Beautiful dish! I hope you'll post the other dishes for your menu!!

  2. Beautiful dish! I'd like to see the faces of your friends as this was presented to the table!!

  3. I can't imagine a more delicious or elegant meal, Susan. My mother prepared the most wonderful veal dishes when I was young and I've looked for a local source but haven't been successful. Those leftovers sound pretty delish.

  4. Susan - it sounds wonderful! Your photos are amazing. I could see this being a perfect meal for a very special occasion. Sadly, I don't have sny outlets around me that carry veal. May have to ask the grocer if they can do a special order.
    Can't wait to see the other dishes, especially the dessert!!

  5. Lucky friends! You went all out, and the veal sounds wonderful.

  6. Mmmm I love veal but never have it because of how expensive it is. The glaze and rub on it sound definitely made good use of it!

  7. This is something that I have never tried...veal. A little hard to come by here. Beautifully captured and I am sure your guests loved it too!!!

  8. It looks absolutely fantastic! You are daring, and it ended up perfect! What a lucky group!

  9. Veal is an expensive and rare treat and like Nina say, very hard to come by in Cape Town.
    You certainly did it justice with your recipe. I can see it was a beautiful piece of meat and I am sure a delight to eat - I'm hungry just looking at the pictures.

  10. This is certainly a treat of a dinner! WOW! How wonderful for your guest.
    I have always wanted to cook a rack of veal. You have given me inspiration!
    It looks so tender and succulent!
    I'm tagging this post... another dream of mine is to have a gourmet group!

  11. I've never made rack of veal, but I'm very very tempted now. This looks beautiful :)


  12. I love veal and silly me did not think i could get a rack in the US; I had given up on veal until your post; the spice rub is also perfect, yum!

  13. It looks wonderful! I am sure your guests were delighted with your contribution to the meal!

  14. What a beautiful dish Susan! I can't wait to see the rest of the menu.

  15. WOW! What a beautiful way to serve veal. Your dinner group sounds just like one I was in when I lived in Seattle. It was so much fun to plan and share recipes. We always had delicious meals.

  16. I don't have much experience with cooking veal, yours looks perfectly cooked!

  17. That certainly looks mouthwatering and you gave a lot of care and consideration in choosing your meat and the preparation. You are such a cooking inspiration to me - among other things!

  18. meravigliosa questa ricetta!!bravissima!!

  19. What a fancy creation! I've always loved that the frenched racks of veal and lamb sit together like that. This meal looks marvelous!


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