Pork Skewers

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In Bulgaria, pork is definitely the preferred meat of choice. We have hundreds of pork recipes, from pork stews, skewers, grilled chops, mini meatball soup, baked pork with cabbage, ground pork sandwiches, meatballs, Cevapi which we call “Kebapcheta” and so much more. Pork is very affordable for most people and although it can be fatty, it’s always juicy and delicious. These Pork Skewers will not disappoint! They’re perfect with my homemade Tzatziki recipe, in 🥙 pita or with a side salad and potatoes.

Why You’ll Love Pork Skewers

If you’re looking to add a new protein to your rotation, these Pork Skewers are a great option. They’re so 😋 juicy and tender, and I love the smokey flavor they take on from grilling them on the barbecue. These are great for meal prep, too. Grill a bunch and then you’ll have them as a ready-to-go protein or to top salads all week long. They’re absolutely delicious topped with tzatziki or in a 🌯 pita with a fresh tomato salad.

How to Prepare Pork Skewers

🔪 Using a sharp knife, cube the pork chops into equal-sized pieces. I cut mine into 1.5-inch cubes.

🥣 Now, add the pork to a large bowl with the rest of the ingredients and massage really well.

⏲️ Let them sit for at least an hour to marinate at room temperature. If you are leaving the meat in the fridge for more than an hour be sure to take it out and let it sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before you cook it.

4️⃣ Next, take each pork cube and add it onto the metal skewer stacking them until the end. If you used 4 pork chops like I did, you should have a total of 4 metal skewers.

🔥 Turn on the barbeque to medium-low heat and cook the skewers on the grill for 12 to 15 minutes turning them 1 to 2 times. I leave the metal skewer handles hanging on the outside of the barbecue so they don’t get too hot and I can turn them.

🌡️ Take them off the heat after 15 minutes, once the meat is golden and charred. If you want to use an instant-read meat thermometer the pork should be 145°F (62°C).

😋 Let the meat rest for at least 5 minutes and enjoy!

Nonna’s Tip ⏲️

The longer you let these Pork Skewers marinate, the better, but you definitely don’t need to wait at all if you are in a rush.

Pork Skewers

Variations and Substitutions for Pork Skewers

  1. Instead of barbecuing, you can cook these skewers on an indoor grill pan.
  2. If you are not a fan of pork, feel free to use chicken breast or even 🥩 beef for this recipe.
  3. You could add some veggie pieces to these skewers, such as 🫑 bell peppers, zucchini and/or red onion.

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Best Served With

  • It’s a MUST to serve these with my homemade 🥒 Tzatziki.
  • Once cooked, remove the pork from the skewer and load the pieces into a 🥙 pita with fresh lettuce, tomato and a dollop of tzatziki.
  • Serve the skewers with a cucumber/tomato 🍅 salad or Greek Feta Salad.
  • Since the BBQ is on anyway, I suggest making these 🥔 Grilled Potatoes alongside the grilled Pork Skewers for an amazing side dish.

Common Questions

Can these be made with another protein?

For sure! These skewers can be made with chicken breast or beef pieces as well.

Can I make these with wooden skewers?

Absolutely use whatever skewers you have on hand. Keep in mind that if you use wooden skewers, soak them for 20-30 minutes in water before you thread the meat, to avoid them from burning on the grill.

can I use another cut of pork for these pork skewers?

You can use any cut of pork such as bone-in pork chops or boneless. You can even use pork loin just be sure to cut them all more or less the same size. I like choosing pork chops that have a bit more fat as it makes for a juicier and more tender dish.

can I prep these ahead of time?

I definitely suggest prepping these Pork Skewers ahead of time to optimize tenderness. Marinating overnight would yield the juiciest results!

how can I avoid dry pork?

I opt for a slightly fattier piece of pork to make sure they’ll stay juicy while cooking. Marinating overnight will also definitely help ensure a juicy piece of meat after it’s cooked. Also, try to avoid overcooking your Pork Skewers. I like to cook them just until they reach 145°F (62°C) on a meat thermometer. Slightly pink inside is perfect!

Which skewers do you use?

I love these metal skewers. They’re nice and long so they can hang out of the BBQ so I don’t burn my hands, and they always fit the perfect amount of ingredients.

Pork Skewers

Pork Skewers

These barbecued Pork Skewers are always on rotation every summer and are perfect with my homemade tzatziki recipe, in pita, or with salad and potatoes.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Bulgarian, Greek, Mediterranean
Servings: 4
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 4 pork chops, or pork tenderloin
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon pepper, to taste
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder , to taste
  • 1 tablespoon dry oregano , to taste
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped

Instructions 

  • Cut the pork chops into equal size pieces. I cut mine into 1.5 inch cubes. Add it to a bowl with the rest of the ingredients and massage really well. Let it sit for at least an hour.
  • You can let it sit out at room temperature, if you are leaving the meat in the fridge for more than an hour be sure to take it out and let it sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before you cook it.
  • For best results, leaving the meat to marinate overnight will make for the most tender skewers.
  • Take each pork cube and add it onto the skewer stacking them all the way until the end. If you used 4 pork chops like I did, you should have a total of 4 metal skewers.
  • Turn on the barbeque to medium-low heat and cook the skewers on the grill for 12 to 15 minutes turning them 1 to 2 times. I leave the metal skewer handles hanging on the outside of the barbecue so they don’t get too hot and I am able to turn them.
  • Take them off the heat after 12-15 minutes, the meat should be nice and golden and charred. If you want to use an instant read meat thermometer you are more than welcome to, the pork should be 145°F and it’s totally normal if it’s a touch pink and absolutely safe to eat as long as it’s at 145F.
  • Let the meat rest for at least 5 minutes and enjoy with salad, potatoes, tzatziki, on pita, or any way you like.

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Nutrition

Calories: 337kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 29g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 14g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 90mg, Sodium: 649mg, Potassium: 558mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 0.1g, Vitamin A: 344IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 37mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Bulgarian, Greek, Mediterranean
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I am more commonly known as “The Modern Nonna” on social media where I create easy home cooked meals with a modern twist. I was born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria and learned how to cook at the best culinary school in the world – my grandma’s kitchen. I lived in Greece on the Island of Crete with my parents for a while and then moved to Toronto, Canada when I was in grade 5. I started to really cook and experiment with food 11 years ago when I was 21 years old. Everything I currently know is a reflection of some part of my life…

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