Pork with Moorish Seasonings (pinchos Morunos)

9 reviews, 5 star(s). 100% would make again

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From one of Steve Raichlen's BBQ books. If you follow the recipe as shown, you will be presented with some of the most flavorful, succulent pork you've ever tasted. Consider the following kebabs, a popular tapas in Spain. The Spanish name for the dish means, literally, "Moorish kebabs", and the seasonings-cumin, coriander, and hot pepper flakes-are certainly characteristic of North African cooking. But no self-respecting Muslim would prepare this dish with what is probably Spain's most popular meat: pork. Here, then, is a dish born of two cultures and continents. Serve with Spanish Grilled Vegetable Salad and Catalan Tomato Bread (see The Barbecue Bible).


2 pounds boneless pork loin; or tenderloin
1 medium onion; finely diced
3 cloves garlic; minced
3 tablespoons fresh Italian( flat-leaf) parsley; minced
1 tablespoon paprika; preferably Spanish
1/2 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon Ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon Ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon Dried Oregano
4 tablespoons Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
2 tablespoons Red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Lemon juice; fresh
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper; freshly ground

Original recipe makes 4 Servings



1. Cut the pork into 1-inch cubes. Combine all the remaining ingredients except 2 tablespoons oil in a large non-reactive baking dish. Add the meat and toss thoroughly to coat, then marinate, covered, in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours or as long as overnight.

2. Preheat the grill to high.

3. When ready to cook, thread the pork cubes onto the skewers. Oil the grill grate, then arrange the kebabs on the hot grate. Grill until the pork is browned on all sides and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side, 8 to 12 minutes in all, brushing occasionally with the reserved 2 tablespoons oil. Serve immediately.

Serves 8 as an appetizer, 4 as an entree

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I had been looking for a week for a chicken "small plate" that was flavorful and this pork recipe fit the bill exactly. I made it with chicken thighs and will be making it with pork tonight. This recipe reminded me a lot of my Yugoslavian heritage. I made this for a group of 12 and grilled it earlier in the day and put it on a baking sheet, covered it, and then heated it at 325 for 20 mins before I was ready to serve it. That way, I avoided grilling while my guests were here. It came out so moist and tender and wonderful. Thank you!!!
dkurepa 1y ago

This recipe was a little intimidating with so many ingredients, but it was well worth the preparation. So good!
Miamariko 2y ago

Lovely dish - started feeling a bit ho-hum about pork tenderloin until trying this - grilled up a couple of skewers after about 6 hours (turned out great) grilled the rest the next day - even better but not by much.
MLecker 3y ago

Very good! I substituted cilantro for parsley because it's what we had and used smoked Spanish paprika, great flavors, definitely will make again.
PJStephen 3y ago

Very good... Lots of flavor.... We would for sure make again!
heidischraderhart 3y ago

Fantastic flavor. So good. A definate keeper.
shellykrzeminski-vickers 3y ago

May be too spicy for some
darly39 6y ago

A very Tasty Dish! I made this recipe using both pork tenderloin and lamb. The zestful combination of Moorish (Moroccan) spices was amazingly good and made for some flavorsome kebabs. We served this with Couscous, Eggplant Salad (Batinjaan Zalud), and Mint Tea.
sgrishka 7y ago

[I posted this recipe.]
roketJsquerl 7y ago

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