Pork Souvlaki with Pita and Tzatziki Recipe | Grilling

Three skewers of pork souvlaki on a plate with pita bread and tzatziki.

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Out of all the Greek establishments in my neighborhood, my absolute favorite gyro and souvlaki joint is BZ Grill in Astoria, only two short blocks away. The proximity has left me little reason to cook the staples at home, but with a looming move that will find me farther away from these beloved pita sandwiches and platters, I realized that I had some learning to do in the kitchen.

I never really thought about the ingredients inside a souvlaki marinade before; I just knew that the meat always tasted bright and fresh. So I scoured souvlaki recipes and came up with a formula that I thought would best replicate the flavors I'm used to. After letting cubes of pork loin marinate overnight in a mixture of olive oil, red onion, garlic, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, and Greek oregano, I skewered and grilled them off.

The pork was everything I imagined it would be--the lemon juice gave it a nice tang and the mixture of onion, garlic, and oregano made it taste distinctly Greek. The souvlaki just wouldn't have been complete to me unless there was pita and tzatziki nearby, so while the pork was resting off the grill, I heated up some pita, adding a dollop of tzatziki to the plate, and found comfort in knowing that even though I'll miss my around-the-corner souvlaki haunt, a fitting replica is only as far as my backyard.

Recipe Facts

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Chill / Marinate: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 50 mins
Serves: 4 servings

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Ingredients

For the Marinade:

  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons Greek oregano

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 1/2 pounds pork loin, trimmed of silver skin and excess fat, cut into 1-inch cubes

For the Tzatziki:

  • 2 cups Greek yogurt

  • 1 English cucumber, peeled and grated

  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • Pocketless Pita

Directions

  1. Mix all of the marinade ingredients together in a small bowl. Place pork cubes in a Ziploc bag and pour in the marinade. Seal the bag and toss to coat pork evenly with the marinade, then open the bag and reseal, removing as much air as possible. Place the pork in the refrigerator for at least two hours to overnight.

  2. Mix all the tzatziki ingredients together in a bowl until well combined. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least two hours to overnight. Presoak wooden skewers in cold water for at least 30 minutes prior to use.

  3. Light one chimney full of charcoal. While the charcoal is lighting, thread the pork cubes onto the skewers.

  4. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread coals out evenly. Alternatively, set all the burners of a gas grill to high heat. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill, and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil grilling grate. Grill the pork skewers until they browned on all sides and cooked through, about 8 to 12 minutes, turning 4 times during cooking. Remove the skewers to a plate and allow to rest for 5 minutes. While the pork rests, grill the pita until lightly browned on both sides, about 1 minute per side. Remove the pita from the grill and quarter. To serve, place pita slices on a plate, lay the souvlaki on top, and place a dollop of tzatziki on the side.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1027 Calories
51g Fat
73g Carbs
68g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 1027
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 51g 65%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 142mg 47%
Sodium 1016mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 73g 27%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 68g
Vitamin C 11mg 53%
Calcium 267mg 21%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 1044mg 22%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)