How to Grill the Perfect Souvla - Ψήσε την τέλεια σούβλα!

Grilling the perfect souvla, a traditional Cypriot method of cooking meat on a foukou, can result in succulent and flavorful meat. Here’s how to do it:


  1. Cutting the Meat:
    • Cut the meat into pieces approximately 8-10 cm.
    • Salt generously about 30 minutes before grilling.
  2. Skewering:
    • Thread the meat pieces tightly onto the skewer.

Grilling the Perfect Souvla

  1. Preheat the Coals:
    • Light the charcoal and let it become grayish with strong heat underneath.
    • Place the skewers at the highest position on the grill.
  2. Cooking:
    • Rotate the skewers to cook the meat evenly.
    • Move the coals to the sides to prevent flare-ups from dripping fat.
    • Grill for 80-90 minutes until the exterior is crispy and the interior is juicy and well-cooked.
  3. Testing for Doneness:
    • Stop the skewer and cut into a piece of meat to check the interior.
    • If the meat is still pink, continue grilling for a few more minutes.
  4. Final Touches:
    • Sprinkle oregano a few minutes before removing the souvla from the grill.
    • Test for seasoning and add more salt if needed.
  5. Serving:
    • Remove the meat pieces from the skewer using a baking tray.

Tips for Perfect Souvla

  • Heat Management: Adjust the charcoal to maintain an even heat and avoid burning.
  • Quick Testing: Check doneness quickly to prevent burning one side.