Yorkshire hogget rump recipe w/ braised courgettes & green olive dressing

One of my favourite cuts from a sheep, the rump has a fantastic combination of flavour, fat covering, and texture. Here, cooked over coals and served with courgettes slowly braised in olive oil and a bright dressing of green olives, chilli, and garlic. This is a dish that summons the spirit of the summer months and really should only be eaten then. While the courgettes are still in peak season, and the weather is ripe for outdoor cooking and eating. Everything served warm, as the main course of a long and relaxed lunch, with an abundance of wine and good company. I can see some bread on the table and a fruit-based dessert in the distance – perhaps a frangipane tart. I’m suddenly lost in a dream, a beautiful, pleasing dream. Take me to this lunch table…

Hogget rump cooked pink, served alongside braised courgettes and a green olive dressing.

Serves 2


Olive dressing


  1. Remove the hogget rumps from the fridge and let them come to room temperature. Set a heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat and add 5-tablespoons of olive oil, the garlic, and chilli flakes. Season with sea salt and cook gently for 2-3 minutes until the garlic releases its aroma.
  2. Add the courgettes and a pinch more salt. Stir, cover with a lid, and reduce the heat to low. Cook for 25-minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Peel strips of zest off the lemon and add to the pan. Cook for 2-more minutes, then remove from heat. Add the mint sprigs, stir, and let sit for about 10-minutes.
  4. Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary. A little squeeze of lemon juice is a smart move.

For the olive dressing:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and season with sea salt. Set aside for 5-minutes to allow the flavours to intermingle. Taste again and adjust the seasoning as necessary.

To cook the hogget:

  1. Season the rumps well with sea salt. Burn down the barbecue until the flames have subsided and the charcoal is burning white.
  2. Find the cooler part of the grill and place the rumps fat-side down. Cook for 5-6 minutes, moving them around regularly so the fat renders and takes on a little colour.
  3. Then flip the rumps and brown the other sides. The trick with cooking a cut like this on a BBQ is to keep it moving. Alternate between higher heat and cooler parts. Cook for 8-10 minutes, then remove and rest for 10-minutes, ideally downwind of the smoke or on a raised shelf above the grill if possible.

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