Barbecued lobster is always going to be a hit at any gathering
For the butter soften 50g of butter add salt to taste, add the chilli, lime zest and half the juice. Blend this together until evenly mixed then refrigerate.
Dispatch the live lobster in your preferred way, this is usually done by placing in the freezer for 1 1/2 - 2 hrs until it reaches a dormant state. Take out and slice down through the head to the board with a large sharp kitchen knife. Proceed to cut the body in half following the line down the back of the shell. The lobster will be in two halves lengthways now clean out the sac in the head and digestive tract from the body, everything else is edible. Crack the claws with the back of a heavy knife.
Light the bbq and set up for direct grilling at around 250c+, I use a ceramic kamado style bbq with either the regular or a cast iron grate or griddle. I prefer UK sourced birch wood charcoal however; any good quality charcoal will be fine.
Add a sprinkle of sea salt right before cooking and add a wipe of olive oil or butter on the flesh side.
Place the lobster flesh side down on the bbq and cook over the hot charcoal for 3-4 minutes with the lid down. This should give charred edges and the meat should start to go white and opaque with the shell turning pink. Turn the lobster over and spread the butter evenly on the flesh side ensuring and even mix of zest, garlic and chilli. Continue to grill for another 4-5 minutes until all the butter is melted in and bubbling and the claws are cooked through but still juicy.
Serve with a squeeze of lemon/lime and samphire and BBQ grilled sweet gem lettuce.
- Fresh lobster medium or large size
- Unsalted butter
- Fresh red chillies deseeded and finely chopped
- Garlic 2 crushed cloves
- Salt for seasoning
- Lemon/lime wedges to serve