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DerHusker 04-16-2018 01:58 AM

Chicken Sharwarma on the Kettle!
Chicken is my wife’s favorite and I like to mix it up so for the Kettle Throwdown I went with a Chicken Shawarma feast. Started out the night before making some Tzatziki.

Here are the ingredients: (From Chef John on

2 cups Greek yogurt
1 large cucumber, peeled, grated, tossed with 1/2 teaspoon of salt
4 cloves garlic, very finely minced
juice of half a lemon or vinegar to taste
3 tbsp. chopped fresh dill and/or mint
salt, pepper, to taste

Here is the grated cucumber that I tossed with the salt.
The salt leaches out the liquid from the cucumber that I rung out using a flour sack towel.
Here’s the yogurt, the lemon and the minced mint ready to be mixed together with the garlic and cucumber.

The next day I made up a yogurt based shawarma marinade. Here are the ingredients:

1 cup plain whole milk Greek yogurt
5 cloves of garlic
cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
cup of apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp. of olive oil
2 tbsp. of ketchup
1 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
teaspoon cumin
teaspoon caraway (ground fennel)
teaspoon cardamon
teaspoon of oregano or thyme
teaspoon cinnamon
teaspoon nutmeg
teaspoon crushed peppercorn
teaspoon of cayenne pepper
teaspoon ground ginger

Everybody in the pool
and then thoroughly mixed.
I then broke out the boneless / skinless chicken thighs I got that were on sale.
I cleaned these up and then cut most of them in half but some were larger so they were cut in thirds.
The thighs now went into pool for a nice long rest.

Next up was the Hummus ingredients.
One 15-ounce can (425 grams) chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans
1/4 cup (59 ml) fresh lemon juice, about 1 large lemon
1/4 cup (59 ml) tahini (we used Krinos)
Half of a large garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for serving
1/2 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt, depending on taste
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 to 3 tablespoons water
Dash of ground paprika for serving

Here is the start of the blending process.
Then some Persian Rice.

2 cups of basmati rice
3 cups of chicken stock/broth
2 tbsp of butter
tsp turmeric
tsp cumin
Kosher salt and pepper

And finally a Mediterranean Tomato Salad.

Now I can cook the Shawarma. Broke out my good skewers. (Closest I can come to a Shawarma rotisserie) I used two so I could better control them on the grill. I tightened up the stops to help keep in the marinade and juices.
and placed them on the grill.
My new Red Kettle was cruising along at 350 and stayed within 10 degrees of that.
Flipped them after 5 to 6 minutes.
After a while I moved them over the coals so I could develop some char that Shawarma should have.

Here is everything plated up family style with some cucumber slices, Olives, pita bread and a Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin IPA.
So Good! My wife and company loved everything.

Thanks for looking.

Badjak 04-16-2018 02:06 AM

Looks good:clap2:
I wouldn't mind a plate of that right now !

Stingerhook 04-16-2018 02:40 AM

That looks mighty fine.

Titch 04-16-2018 02:43 AM

Great looking Plate, be a great Grazing dish

jonfromjersey 04-16-2018 03:52 AM

What, you didn't make your own pita to go with it:-P ?
Congrats, that looks like a great meal!

Garyclaw 04-16-2018 06:09 AM

Quite a process. Quite a feast too! Looks amazing.

LordRiffenstein 04-16-2018 06:47 AM

Wow, amazing cook, that plate looks spot on!

Mason Dixon Bowhunta 04-16-2018 07:06 AM

that is a seriously good looking table full of food :thumb:

Ron_L 04-16-2018 07:12 AM


That looks great!

GrassRun 04-16-2018 07:13 AM

Wow, what a feast DerHusker! Tagged this one for future reference.

Stlsportster 04-16-2018 08:05 AM

Love it all...great middle eastern I'm hungry!

Thingfish 04-16-2018 08:16 AM

Boy, I admire your skills, sir! Great stuff!

BBQ Bacon 04-16-2018 08:59 AM

That looks great. Well done.

Kanco Connection 04-16-2018 10:43 AM

Amazing, DerHusker!
(Shawarma always makes me think of the end of the Avengers movie)

jermoQ 04-16-2018 10:59 AM

That looks fantastic! :clap2:

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