Today, I'm documenting my latest experiment. The recipe itself is experimental, as is my write-up; I'm using this thread as an excuse to practice the style of recipe documentation I'm developing, it's a practice run to see if I can produce a step-by-step dialogue on how it all comes together, and if it does so clearly. So, if this thread seems overwrought or preachy in places, please let me know, I want to communicate the recipe without over-talking it.
For reference: Development notes and comments will be in green text.
If you've made it this far, pat yourself on the back, you're now a lab rat!
I really love the gyro sandwich. It's up there with the ultimate hand foods, but I have a problem: I don't have a rotisserie. In fact, I don't even want one. Yeah, yeah, they make really good chickens, roasts and gyros, but I just can't get by with shelling out good cash for something I might use on the most seldom of occasions.
- Watch me eat my words in ten seconds flat when somebody figures out how to make the Weber rotisserie work with the Smokey Mountain Cooker.
What I do have are a smoker I use alot, a knack for innovation, and friends in my local meat department. I think I can pull something off, and maybe even make it better.
Texas BBQ here on SMF got me thinking about the idea of lamb shoulder on the smoker with his thread: http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/120968/bbq-pulled-lamb-griended-bbq-lamb-and-pork-with-2-times-fried-cheese-french-fries#post_806460. Reading through that got me thinking that making a pulled lamb sandwich with a shoulder roast on the smoker might be possible. Heck, it might even be pretty darn good, and it's well within my means.
So, I combed around for some Gyro recipes, and began to formulate a plan.
Phase 1: Prepare a wet rub or thick marinade for the meat using classical Mediterranean flavors.
Phase 2: Make Tzatziki sauce.
Phase 3: Make home made pita dough.
Phase 4: Marinade the meat overnight.
Phase 5: Smoke the shoulder until it's stupid tender, and grill the pita on my One-Touch.
Phase 6: Assemble said sandwiches, eat them, drink beer, and fall asleep on the couch.