Shredded Rubbed Pork Gyros with Homemade Slaw

I love the work life balance here. I’ve seen way more of my husband than I ever did in the States, and that’s a good thing. He comes home for lunch every day and I love sitting at the table together in a quiet house eating our grilled cheese sandwich and hummus wrap. It’s something I’ll miss.  Where was I….oh yeah. When my husband came home for lunch today he was stopped in his tracks with the succulent aroma (now that’s a fun word) coming from the crock pot. He was all duuuuude, that smells so good! It was a little food foreplay, he could hardly wait to come home for dinner that night. First the pork is rubbed with a homemade spice mixture, then the flavor is seared in on a hot skillet, then it is slow cooked to tender perfection filling your home with the most delicious aroma.  And if something smells that good, you can only imagine just how amazing it tastes!

These crock pot Shredded Rubbed Pork Gyros with Homemade Slaw made my house smell so good while it cooked, and it tasted just as amazing as it smelled!

I mean, you start with a homemade mix of spices and herbs that you rub all over the pork

Shredded Rubbed Pork Gyros with Homemade Slaw

Then you pan sear all that flavor in

Shredded Rubbed Pork Gyros with Homemade Slaw

And stick it in the crock pot (with a little more spice rub for good measure) until the meat is so tender it just falls apart

Shredded Rubbed Pork Gyros with Homemade Slaw

Shredded Rubbed Pork Gyros with Homemade Slaw

While it is busy cooking and making your house smell all sorts of delcious, whip up a quick fresh homemade slaw then assemble the gyro together and devour!

Shredded Rubbed Pork Gyros with Homemade Slaw

For the pork:
1 tablespoon chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoon oregano
1 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
2 1/2-3 lb pork loin, excess fat trimmed (they don’t have pork loin here, so I used a pork shoulder and it still worked great)
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, peeled
1medium red onion, quartered

For the slaw:
3 tablespoons Greek yogurt
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 cups shredded cabbage
1-2 carrots, peeled and grated

For the Gyros:
4-6 pita breads
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1 avocado, diced

In a small bowl, combine chili powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne, salt and pepper. Rub seasonings evenly on all sides of the pork loin. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or large skillet over medium high heat. Add pork loin and sear both sides until browned, about 3-4 minutes per side. Place garlic, onions, pork loin and 1 cup water into a slow cooker (the onions and garlic will be removed, but if you prefer to keep them with the meat then just finely dice them before adding to the crock pot). Cover and cook on low heat for 6-7 hours or high for 4-5 hours. Remove pork, onions and garlic from the slow cooker and shred the meat, then return to the crock pot with the juices and cook on low for an additional 30 minutes. For the slaw: In a large bowl, combine prepared cabbage and carrots. In a separate small bowl whisk together Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar and sugar, to taste. Pour mixture over cabbage slaw, and stir until well combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour. To assemble, toast the pita bread for a few minutes in the oven or warm them in a microwave until heated through, then top each pita bread with pulled pork, slaw, tomatoes and avocado. Serve immediately.

Source | Damn Delicious


12 thoughts on “Shredded Rubbed Pork Gyros with Homemade Slaw

    • Whisked Away says:

      Hi Donna, I haven’t tried this recipe with pork tenderloin. I’m sure it would still taste delicious, but the result might be a little different since pork tenderloin is best when cooked quickly, like on a grill or roasted, whereas pork loin is best when slow cooked. If you do try it, you’ll have to let me know if turns out!


  1. Whisked Away says:

    No, not a dumb question, I forgot to add that in the instructions, thanks! Yes, remove them, or if you’ve got a thing for red onions and garlic you could just dice them up before you add them to the crockpot.


  2. Loretta says:

    Just a wonderful and appetizing rubbed pork gyros, welcome to the Fiesta and thanks for bringing this amazing dish. I love the pictures, and the browning in the skillet really shows off the spices in the rub. No wonder your husband was overwhelmed with the deliciousness of this dish. Gorgeous.


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