Chicken is my wife’s favorite and I like to cook things she’ll like, most of the time , so I cooked up some Chichen Shawarma. Started out by skinning and de-boning some chicken thighs that I had thawed out. I cut each in half and set them aside in the fridge.
I now got out the ingredients for a yogurt based Sharwarma marinade.
Everybody in the pool
and gave it a good spin with the whisk.
I then put the chicken thighs in and stirred it up to get complete coverage on all surfaces.
I then covered the bowl with plastic wrap and placed them in the fridge to rest overnight. Now I made up a batch of Tzatziki.
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The next day I broke out my vertical spit.
And loaded it up with the Shawarma and topped it with a nice thick slice of red onion
After I had preheated my kamado up to 325 for 1/2 hour I put the Shawarma in.
I checked on it after about 25 minutes and knew it could go much longer.
After about 1 hour I started getting everything ready. I cut up my veggies
and got the Tzatziki out.
I also set up my craving station.
Once the Shawarma developed some char on it, I removed it and sliced off the outer layer and then placed it back in the kamado.
I warmed up some flat bread and spooned on some Tzatziki and then made up some Shawarma Sammi’s.
Here they are served street food style with a Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin and some mandarin orange slices.
With the “Just Stuff It!” Challenge going on I searched for what might be on sale at one of the local stores. Sprouts had U15 shrimp on sale for $7.98 per lb. so I purchased a pound. I decided to prepare them my two favorite ways of cooking shrimp. The first is what I call Atomic Shrimp. (Which is bacon wrapped shrimp stuffed with cheddar cheese and a slice of jalapeño. As the jalapeño doesn’t make it very “Atomic”, I switched it out for slices of serrano chilies. Here are most of the ingredients.
I peeled and deveined the shrimp and then butterflied them. I also sliced the cheese and serrano chilies.
I carefully placed the cheese and serrano in the shrimp and wrapped them with a slice of bacon. Once I had 10 of them done I placed them on the preheated kamado.
I grilled them for approximately 5 to 6 minutes per side and once the bacon looked crispy I plated the 5 biggest ones up with a cilantro garnish and a Negra Modelo. Here are those pics.
I had 9 shrimp leftover so I skewered them,
sprayed they with some EVOO and sprinkled them with some Tajin seasoning.
Grilled them for approximately 3 minutes per side.
Here are the plated pics with the Negra Modelo.
These were also delicious but not quite as good as the bacon wrapped ones.
I accidentally bought a two pack of bonless pork shoulder from Costco. I have always used bone-in, so this is new to me. As I was preparing the butts trimming sinew, silver skin, hard fat, veins etc, I started also cutting portions of the butts into sections. I now have two 4 lb boneless butts and several large scraps.
This has provided me the opportunity to use the vertical spit I bought from Ceramicgrillstore.com a few months ago. I'm excited to say the least.
I'll post picture of the meal later this afternoon when I build it get it going. Here are pics of what I ended up with after trimming and then the portions I will smoke overnight for pulled pork tomorrow.