Pork Skewers (Shashlik)

You'll love this easy-to-follow Grilled Pork Skewers recipe with simple marinade from Natasha's Kitchen. Yeah it's a keeper.

I love the smell of barbecue floating through the backyard; but not so much when it’s the neighbors BBQ. It’s too enticing. I’d be the one poking my head over the fence to see what’s cooking (good thing we have nice neighbors!). We’ve been grilling away almost daily.

I made this Pork Skewers (Shashlik) recipe twice in one day because I wanted it to be perfect for y’all. Seriously my husband grilled it in the morning, then we tweaked some things and made it again in the evening. It’s important to me to make sure I live up to my “tried and true” motto. I want you to try these pork skewers and say, yeah it’s a keeper.

This recipe was inspired by my cousin Alla of Washington. Alla you are one talented gal and thank you so much for replying to my random text messages about food!

Ingredients for Ukrainian Shashlik (Kabobs)

1 3/4 to 2 lb Pork Sirloin
1/4 cup dry red wine such as merlot
1/4 cup olive oil
4-5 cloves garlic, pressed
1 medium onion sliced into 1″ pieces
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
6 to 8 (12-inch) wooden skewers

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How to Make Pork Skewers:

1. Chop pork into 1 inch pieces and place them in a large bowl. Add sliced onion and press in the 4-5 cloves of garlic.

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2. Sprinkle with 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper and stir everything to combine.

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3. Pour in 1/4 cup olive oil and 1/4 cup red wine. Stir everything to combine.

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4. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the fridge for 3-4 hours.

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5. About 15-30 minutes before your meat is done marinating, place 6-8 wooden skewers in a pyrex dish with enough water to submerge the sticks. Soaking them keeps the sticks from burning on the grill.
Preheat your grill and just before adding your meat, set to medium.

6. Skewer the meat and onions (don’t squish them too tightly together; they meat should be just touching on the skewer, not smashed together).

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7. Grill over medium heat, turning every 4 minutes or so until all sides are browned and the meat is cooked through.

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Enjoy with our favorite BBQ sauce or A1.

You'll love this easy-to-follow Grilled Pork Skewers recipe with simple marinade from Natasha's Kitchen. Yeah it's a keeper.

I’d love to hear about your grilling adventures. What’s going on your BBQ this week?

Pork Skewers (Shashlik)

4.8 from 10 reviews
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Skill Level: Easy
Cost To Make: $7 - $9
Serving: 6

Ingredients

  • 1¾ to 2 lb Pork Sirloin
  • ¼ cup dry red wine such as merlot
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1 medium onion sliced into 1" pieces
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 6 to 8 (12-inch) wooden skewers

Instructions

  1. Chop pork into 1 inch pieces and place them in a large bowl. Add sliced onion and press in the 4-5 cloves of garlic.
  2. Sprinkle with 1 tsp salt and ½ tsp pepper and stir everything to combine.
  3. Pour in ¼ cup olive oil and ¼ cup red wine. Stir everything to combine.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the fridge for 3-4 hours.
  5. About 15-30 minutes before your meat is done marinating, place 6-8 wooden skewers in a pyrex dish with enough water to submerge the sticks.
  6. Preheat your grill and just before adding your meat, set to medium.
  7. Skewer the meat and onions (don't squish them too tightly together; they meat should be just touching on the skewer, not smashed together).
  8. Grill over medium heat, turning every 4 minutes or so until all sides are browned and the meat is cooked through.

Enjoy with our favorite BBQ sauce or A1.

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  • Thomas
    August 11, 2017

    This recipe was the best tasting pork I ever had. I do have a question though. What would be a good authentic Ukrainian side to go with the Shaslik ? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 12, 2017

      Any of the cucumber and/or tomato salads and mashed potatoes or roasted red potatoes or any potatoes really. The best combo right there! 🙂 Reply

  • Viktoriya
    May 22, 2017

    Hi Natasha,
    Can wine be omitted or substituted with something non-alcoholic? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 22, 2017

      Hi Viktoriya, You might try some lemon juice or maybe something like cider vinegar. I haven’t tested those but that would be my best guess. Reply

  • h
    May 4, 2017

    can pork tenderloin be used? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 4, 2017

      Yes, it will work. Reply

  • Lana
    April 20, 2017

    Hey, would pork roast -boston butt work? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 20, 2017

      Lana, for juicy, tender kebabs, I would recommend pork loin, or pork neck meat. Pork is typically fatty meat, so it really is ideal for juicy kebabs. Boston butt and pork leg meat yield drier and tougher kebabs. Hope this helps. Reply

  • Olga
    August 11, 2016

    Hi Natasha, can the red wine be substituted with white wine? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 11, 2016

      Hi Olga, I haven’t tried with white wine but I think it would be a good experiment! Let me know if you try it 🙂 Reply

  • olga mersov
    July 30, 2016

    Hi Natasha, can I substitute pork with beef? Would it also come out tender and delicious? thanks! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 30, 2016

      Hi Olga, I haven’t tried this recipe with beef but I think it should work. The cut of beef and how long you cook it will affect how tender it is, but the flavors should work well together 🙂 Reply

  • tony
    July 22, 2016

    the marinade was delicious, but the meat turned out pretty dry,. what did I do wrong Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 22, 2016

      Hi Tony, with pork, it will dry out if it is overcooked. Try cooking it a little less next time – check for doneness 1 to 2 minutes earlier. Reply

      • Tony
        July 25, 2016

        Tried grilling for less time and added extra wine to marinade per other reviews. Turned out delicious and so Tender. Loved it. Thank you Reply

  • Tanya
    January 24, 2016

    This is the best pork kabobs ever!! It was a hit with my family. I marinated them over night, and they were just ao yummy :). Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 25, 2016

      I’m so happy you love the recipe! Reply

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