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Souvlaki (soo-VLAH-kee), means “little skewers” in Greek. This recipe is for big, fat ol' skewers of pork shoulder that are marinated in a zesty marinade and then grilled to perfection.

If you don't have access to a grill, that's okay too. Simply preheat your oven to 450°F and bake for 2 hours.

Pork chunks for souvlaki resting in marinade

I served these with a rice pilaf and these roasted carrots. These tender chunks of pork will rock your world. Fork tender and a little charred from grilling, you'll be happy you made the decision to make this recipe.

Traditionally, souvlaki is wrapped in pita bread and then topped with tomato, onion, the famed cucumber-and-yogurt-based sauce, tzatziki. But obviously they (called souvlakia when plural) are also quite delicious without the pita and trimmings.

Pork Souvlaki
Yield: Serves 4

2 pounds trimmed pork shoulder, cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks

1 large onion, chopped
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 slices fresh lemon 
2 Tablespoons fresh dill
3 Tablespoons dried Italian seasoning
3/4 cup red wine vinegar
6 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed 
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1. Mix all of the marinade ingredients together in a food processor and blend to make a paste. Place pork cubes in a resealable plastic bag and pour in the marinade. 

2. 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.

3. Thread the pork cubes onto the skewers. 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.