Yeeros on a Spit Roaster: A Beginners Guide

If you're a fan of Mediterranean cuisine, you may have heard of yeeros (also spelled gyros). This popular dish is a staple in many Greek and Middle Eastern restaurants, but you can also make it at home with the help of a spit roaster. In this article, we'll take a closer look at what yeeros is, and offer step-by-step instructions for making it on your own spit roaster.

What is Yeeros?

Yeeros is a popular Greek and Middle Eastern dish that typically consists of meat that is cooked on a spit rotisserie (traditionally over charcoal) and then sliced into thin pieces. The meat used can vary depending on the region, but it is usually pork, chicken, or lamb. The meat is seasoned with a blend of spices, including oregano, garlic, and paprika, which gives it its distinctive flavour. Yeeros is usually served in pita bread with a variety of toppings, including tomatoes, onions, and tzatziki sauce.
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Making Yeeros on a Spit Roaster

If you want to make yeeros at home, a spit roaster is a way to go. A spit roaster is a type of grill that allows you to cook meat on a rotating spit, which ensures that it cooks evenly on all sides. Here's how to make yeeros on a spit roaster:

1. Prepare the meat: Start by choosing the type of meat you want to use and cutting it into thin strips about the size of your palm. You can also marinate the meat for a few hours beforehand to add more flavour.

2. Season the meat: Sprinkle the meat with Flaming Coals Greek Gyros seasoning. Be sure to coat all sides of the meat evenly.

3. Assemble the meat on the spit: Thread the meat onto the spit, making sure to pack it tightly so that it cooks evenly. We always recommend using Gyros plates to hold the yeeros on the spit skewer. 

4. Cooking the meat on the spit roaster: Light your charcoal and pour it into the base of your spit rotisserie and let it heat up for a few minutes. Place the skewer onto the spit roaster and turn on the motor to start rotating the meat.

5. Baste every 30 minutes with a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice. You can use a sprig of rosemary to baste your meat. 

6. Cook the meat for about 1 hour. Slice every 45 minutes. 

7. Serving the finished yeeros: Serve the yeeros in pita bread with your desired toppings.

Tips and Tricks for Perfect Yeeros

1. Choosing the right meat: Look for cuts of meat (we recommend chicken thigh and lamb shoulder) that are thin and uniform in size, as this will ensure that they cook evenly.

2. Using the right seasoning: Don't be afraid to experiment with different spices to find the perfect blend for your yeeros. However, we really love Flaming Coals Greek Gyros. 

3. Keeping the spit roaster clean and well-maintained: Regularly clean your spit roaster to prevent it from accumulating grease and debris, which can affect the taste of your yeeros.

In conclusion, yeeros is a delicious and easy-to-make dish that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home with the help of a spit roaster. By following the steps outlined in this article, you'll be able to make mouthwatering yeeros that will rival those served in your favourite Mediterranean restaurant.

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by: Michael Wilkie