ok, this is an incredibly odd post but there are certain awesome foods that can only be cooked by specialty machines. Gyro/Doner kebap is one of them. I am not talking about the ground-beef-bread-frozen-mixture-cooked-on-a-griddle-kind you find at your local Greek diner, but the real real thing. In Turkey, the real Doner Kebap is cooked with a charcoal vertical spit roaster and the meat is prepared very elaborately in layers of thinly sliced beef and lamb meat. Before i explain how the meat is prepared, first you need to make the machine, which is not readily available for sale in United States. The design is very simple and effective, and requires you to have some maker skills and a workshop with some simple tools. All materials are available from local hardware store like Home Depot.
For everyone’s reference, this is my 5th model in 17 years of making this, built first model in 1997 in from spiral heating elements i took out from a heater, second model followed in 1999 made from electric charcoal lighting rods, third model followed with gas powered ceramic heating elements in 2007, with first full charcoal model in 2013 and this final design in 2014.
Materials and Tools required
1) 8″X12″ terra cotta (clay) chimney flue (here is a link that is active as of this posting)
2) U profile aluminum, shelf brackets from ikea (link here)
3) 2 Adjustable grill grates (link here)
4) 6 red clay paver bricks 12″x6″x1″ (link here)
5) Fireplace mortar (link here) that comes in tube form that can be used in a caulk gun
1) 4 1/2″ Angle grinder with metal cutting disc and a masonry cutting disc
2) Tap and Die set to open threads on the brackets
1) cut the clay flue as indicated in the picture above using an angle grinder with the masonry cutting disc
2) Cut one of the brackets into 4 pieces and bore holes as indicated in picture below
2) flip the 2 front pieces upside down and attach to the back piece using the bracket pieces, two on the top, two on the bottom as shown in picture below. Use 1/2 inch #10-32 screws to sink the screw into clay pieces.
3) Cut the adjustable grill grate as shown in picture below
4) Glue the clay pavers to the sides of the flue using fireplace mortar, then place the adjustable grates on top of each paver as shown in picture
5) attach a round cake pan on a pottery banding wheel and bore a hole on top, place a 1/2 inch diameter aluminum or steel rod on top
6) Final assembly looks like this
Enjoy! Recipe to follow