Pork Gyro – Greek Tacos with Pita Bread

The Best Pork Gyro

I have found that the best Pork Gyro is made by Greek’s in sub sandwich style shops with fresh toppings and thinly sliced marinated meat cooking in a rotisserie.  Now all you need is some fresh baked Pita Bread, some Tzatziki Sauce and you’re good to go.  And that’s exactly what I aim to provide you hear in this recipe.  A great Greek marinade that will enhance the natural flavor of the pork or lamb, if you prefer, and the best way I know how to make this professional sandwich in the comfort of your own home that will taste like you’re in the heart of the motherland itself, guaranteed.

Pork Gyro Marinade

The Greek flavor in a great Pork Gyro is going to derive from the marinade and this marinade can be used with lamb as well.  But any roast is only as good as the seasoning it’s paired with.  So you’ve got to break the ingredients down and realize what gives it its originality and its authentic flavor.  I have found that the secret lies in the white wine vinegar and the juice that comes from the grating of a sweet red onion.  This secret is known to not only the Greeks but to the Persians as well.  Then spicing it up with some freshly chopped garlic, a few herbs and some salt and pepper, takes it the rest of the way.

Pork Gyro Meat Cooked in a Rotisserie

This Pork Gyro recipe does not have to be cooked in a Rotisserie, but I find that it really mimics the style you will find in any great Gyros Restaurant because the meat can be sliced off around the outside and served as it continues cooking towards the middle.  So it makes it fun for small parties and barbecues even though you aren’t technically grilling, I don’t think anyone will complain because these are amazing.  Plus you’re going to want to learn how to make the Greeks secret sauce called, Tzatziki Sauce.  This recipe is not only good with Gyros but a variety of other cooked meats, seafood or used as a dip for vegetables and baked goods like Pita Chips, Bagels and Large Pretzels or Pretzels Bites.

Pork Gyro Ingredients:

2 lbs Pork Roast, shoulder or butt thinly sliced
Pita Bread

Pork Gyro Marinade
1 Red Onion, grated
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1/3 cup Olive Oil
1/2 cup White Wine Vinegar
1 tbsp Rosemary
1 tbsp Oregano
1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
1 tsp honey (optional)
Kosher Salt and Pepper to taste

Toppings
Red Onion, chopped
Tomatoes, sliced
Baby Spinach
Click Here for Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Be sure to follow the instructions in the Pork Gyro video recipe tutorial.

Teriyaki Chicken

Restaurant Style Teriyaki chicken

If you love Teriyaki Chicken, this is the recipe for you.  It’s as good as any restaurant recipe I have ever had.  In fact, I think it’s even better than the recipe at my favorite Sushi House in town.  My kids won’t usually eat anything but a California roll, so I usually order them a Bento Box that comes with a combination of things.  One of which is Teriyaki Chicken.  And their recipe is really good but this recipe is definitely better.  The beautiful thing is that you get the wonderful flame flavor from the grill and then a nice thick syrupy sauce on the stove that can be spiced up if you’d like.

Teriyaki Chicken with Stir Fry

I like to have my Teriyaki Chicken with Stir Fry or even by itself served with white or brown steamed rice.  After the chicken is cooked on the grill and cut into bite size pieces, I like to add the chicken to a hot pan on the stove with more Teriyaki Sauce.  This is the best time to add vegetables if you plan to make a Stir Fry.  It only takes a few minutes to cook as you thicken and caramelize the sauce.  My original Teriyaki Sauce post can be found HERE so you can watch the video but I’ll add the ingredients down below.

Teriyaki Chicken Ingredients:

4-8 Boneless Chicken Thighs
1/2 cup Teriyaki Sauce

Teriyaki Sauce
1 cup Soy Sauce
1 cup Mirin
1/2 cup Sake
2 tbsp Rice Vinegar
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 tbsp Hoisin Sauce
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Ginger Powder

Combine all of the Teriyaki Sauce Ingredients and bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and reduce for approximately 20 minutes until you’ve reached desired thickness.  Then follow the directions in the video to make the Teriyaki Chicken.

Teriyaki Sauce – Asian Restaurant Cooking Secrets

The Best Teriyaki Sauce

This is a fantastic Teriyaki Sauce recipe.  I’ve taken my knowledge and experience from my professional Asian American training and brought you something that you’re really going to love.  Usually I show you recipes that you can dumb down a bit to keep it simple, and you can do that with this if you prefer, but I highly recommend you add every ingredient I’ve listed down below so you can share in the excitement I have when ever I make an Asian dish using Teriyaki.  It’s bold and full of flavor yet not overpowering and with this perfect balance you can make it thin or reduce it down to make a thicker sauce.

I use Teriyaki Sauce in the following recipes: Teriyaki Beef Jerky, Teriyaki and Mesquite Shish Kabobs and my Beef and Broccoli with Teriyaki recipe.  I’ve also got a Teriyaki Chicken recipe on the way.  So if you’re interested in any of these recipes, just click each one and it will take you straight the original posts.

Restaurant vs Store bought Teriyaki Sauce

In case you don’t know, my Mongolian Beef recipe is #1 on YouTube and it’s very similar to this Teriyaki Sauce recipe.  In fact, I often get comments on m video from people that claim it’s just Teriyaki Beef but that’s not true.  True Teriyaki has Mirin and Sake in it and those two ingredients aren’t in my Mongolian Beef recipe.  That’s like saying Ketchup is just Cocktail Sauce even though it needs horseradish to make it so.  The truth is there are a hundred different Asian recipes that have a combination of many of these same ingredients but they all vary, quite a bit, from one another in flavor.  It just depends on the amounts you add of each ingredient and different tweaks here and there.  Restaurant Sauces, however, always go big and bold and they don’t have to worry about preservatives.  Bottled sauces do and it changes the dynamics tremendously.  That’s why it’s hard to find a real good Teriyaki Sauce in a bottle.  I would recommend that you go for the thicker sauces if you’re going to buy one, however.  They’re usually the best all around.

Be sure to check out some of my other Asian Sauce recipes like Potsticker Dipping Sauce, Chinese Barbecue Sauce and my Sweet and Sour Sauce.

Teriyaki Sauce Ingredients:

1 cup Soy Sauce
1 cup Mirin
1/2 cup Sake
2 tbsp Rice Vinegar
1 cup Brown Sugar
1 tbsp Hoisin Sauce
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Ginger Powder

Combine all of the Teriyaki Sauce Ingredients and bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and reduce for approximately 20 minutes until you’ve reached desired thickness.