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How to make pork souvlaki

Pork souvlaki on Uncle Gussy paper Try making Uncle Gussy's pork souvlaki at home © Uncle Gussy

Here's how to make a pork souvlaki – one of the delectable dishes served at Uncle Gussy's in New York City, USA, and featured in our latest Lonely Planet Food title, Around the World in 80 Food Trucks.


- 675g (1½lb) boneless pork loin or tenderloin, cut into 1cm (1/2in) cubes
- 120ml (4fl oz) red table wine
- 115g (4oz) red onion, finely chopped
- 2 tbs oregano (ideally Greek)
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp ground black pepper
- 50ml (2 tbs) olive oil
- 50ml (2 tbs) lemon juice
- 225g (8oz) tzatziki
- 6 Greek pittas
- 1 large tomato, chopped


1. Prepare the marinade by mixing together the wine, half the onion, 1 tbs oregano, and a pinch of salt and pepper in a bowl.
2. Add the pork, stir to coat, cover and refrigerate overnight.
3. When ready to cook, light a barbecue or preheat a grill.
4. Combine the olive oil, lemon juice and remaining oregano, salt and pepper.
5. Thread the pork on to six skewers and brush with the marinade.
6. Cook over the flames or under the grill for 8–12 minutes until a tiny bit of pink remains inside, turning as it cooks.
7. Dip the meat into the oil mix.
8. Spread tzatziki on each pitta, add cooked pork, tomato chunks and the remaining onion.

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