Pork Kebabs with Tomato Yogurt Sauce; Secret Recipe Club

Today was the perfect summer day: warm but not hot with crystal clear blue skies.

If it wasn’t for walking the dogs before sunrise I would think it was July.

However, the sun not coming above the horizon until after 7:30 is a sure sign that it’s October.

I hate walking the dogs in the dark – I can’t see the rabbit holes.

If it’s the beginning of October it’s time, once again for the Secret Recipe Club.

This time I was sent to explore Life on Food.


As it is still ‘barbecue season’ here I had to search for something to do on the grill.

I have to admit that I didn’t search too long or hard. I found the recipe for Pork Kebabs with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce and I was done. I hadn’t made kebabs all summer and it was past time.

I had pork tenderloin but no cucumbers. I tried growing them here but wasn’t successful. They were bitter, and, according to my mother, ‘it’s the soil and just give up’. I did.

The season is past so I couldn’t buy any, but I did have a nice basket of slightly under-ripe cherry tomatoes.

We were happy.

Really happy. We both loved the Tomato Yogurt Sauce (weird) and this is a fantastic marinade for pork – and I’ll try it for chicken, too

I only modified the pork recipe slightly – as we are only two I cut it in half. Emily’s original kebab recipe is here.

Needless to say the Cucumber Sauce was totally turned upside down.

Pork Kebabs with Tomato Yogurt Sauce

Total time: 2 hours 30 minutes


  • 14oz (420gr) pork tenderloin, but into, cut into 1 1/2″ (3.75cm) pieces
  • 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) red wine
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 3 skewers
  • Tomato Yogurt Sauce
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp sesame oil (I used Argan oil – ’cause I have it)
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp dried parsley

Pork Kebabs


  • Soak wooden skewers.
  • In large, deep bowl whisk together all ingredients for marinade.
  • Add pork, cover, refrigerate and marinate for 2 hours or overnight (or all day).
  • When ready to cook thread pork onto the skewers, discarding marinade.
  • Cook on barbecue grill over direct heat for 10 – 15 minutes, turning once, until done.
  • While kebabs cook combine all ingredients for Tomato Yogurt Sauce.
  • When pork is done, remove from skewers and serve with Tomato Yogurt Sauce on the side..

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Emily is a fellow Mid-Westerner, although she comes from Iowa rather than Wisconsin. Plus she spent a few months in Paris, so we have a bit in common.

Well, that and food blogging and cooking….

Other than her tendency to use chilis, we also have similar tastes in food.

This Slow-Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken is going on the menu now that my slow-cooker is out of summer storage. As is the Chicken Wild Rice Soup – perfect for the slow cooker.

Since I have an abundance of squash this year I’m going to try the Acorn Squash and Black Bean Quesadillas

I haven’t had Beer Cheese Soup in ages. It’s a Mid-Western thing and I’d forgotten all about it. I’m making it the first cold weekend we have this winter and serving it in front of a roaring fire.

Turkey Paprikash is going t be perfect for those nights I have late conversation class.

There are a lot more recipes I plan on trying – have a look.

Last update on October 3, 2016

11 thoughts on “Pork Kebabs with Tomato Yogurt Sauce; Secret Recipe Club”

  1. LOVE kebabs, whether they be chicken, beef, lamb or pork, and these look SO rich and tasty…..perfect for a mid-week family supper! Karen

  2. Yummy! I’ll have to try this as well as the Chicken-Wild Rice soup. I have a really hard time finding wild rice here for whatever reason. I can find a blend or black rice but the wild rice I’m used to is not to be found. Then again, maybe all these years, I’ve been eating a blend and didn’t know it.

  3. The tomato yogurt sauce is quite intriguing… I am sure I would love it, though – I use yogurt a lot in sauces, dressings, soups… such a great ingredient

    and you cannot go wrong with pork kebabs. 😉

  4. Tomato yogurt sauce still sounds like it would be good if you can’t find cucumbers. I’d never thought of it before, but I’m glad you tried this recipe. Great looking SRC post.

  5. I guess it is a case of great minds, I made this one for my Aug. reveal, and it was wonderful. Your take on the Tomato Yoghurt sauce is one I’ll have to try as well. I ate mine for breakfast, it was so good.

  6. Karen, there were so many great recipes!

    Karen278, the marinade was excellent!

    spiffycookie, we love kebabs, too – and the sauce worked strangely well lol

    nighstmusic, I’ve been looking for wild rice for ages – finally found it in Spain of all places, at the Lidl!

    Sally, the strange tomato sauce was surprisingly good!

    Ina, do try it!

    missmarla, really, it’s a permanent part of summer here, now.

    Stephanie, I can’t grow cucumbers and they’re out of season – one learns to substitute 😉

    shockinglydelicous, they all do sound wonderful

    Sid, I thought it looked familiar…. that must be why it jumped out at me lol Breakfast = good!

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