Best BBQ recipes: Try Omar Allibhoy's spicy Moorish Skewers

Published Friday, Jul 11 2014, 20:00 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Fancy making a barbeque feast with a difference? Why not try this delicious recipe for Pinchos Morunos with Mojo Picón - Moorish skewers with Spicy Dip - by up and coming chef, Omar Allibhoy.

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© Tapas Revolution/Ebury Press

This fabulous recipe is from Omar's book, Tapas Revolution out now, £20 from Ebury Press.

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In his native Spain, he's been compared to our Jamie Oliver and Omar's proclaimed mission is to make Spanish food as popular in the UK as Italian already is.

Trained at the legendary El Bulli in Barcelona - regulary voted the world's top restaurant - Omar brought his skills to London and now has his own acclaimed restaurant Tapas Revolution.

We like the fact that many of his recipes are relatively easy, but full of new and amazing flavours.

Guess what we'll be putting on the barbie this weekend?


  • 500g pork fillet (you can also use chicken, beef or lamb,)
  • 1 teaspoon hot or sweet pimentón
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • For the mojo picón dip:
  • 1 slice white bread
  • 4–5 tablespoons Spanish
  • olive oil, plus extra for frying
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 5 dried cayenne chillies
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sweet pimentón
  • 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
  • Salt to taste


1 Trim the pork fillet of any excess fat and then cut into 2cm cubes. Place the meat in a large mixing bowl and add the pimentón, cumin, some black pepper, oregano, thyme and garlic. Mix well, drizzle over the olive oil and leave to marinate for at least an hour, but anything up to 2 days is fine.

2 Meanwhile, make the mojo picón. Start by frying the bread in a little olive oil, drain on kitchen paper and tear into pieces. Using a pestle and mortar, mash together the garlic, cayenne chillies, cumin seeds, pimentón, fried bread, vinegar and salt until you have a smooth paste. You could also use a food processor for this bit. Start adding the olive oil in a thin drizzle while you are still mixing.

3 When you are ready to cook the pinchos, thread the meat on to skewers (if you are using wooden skewers it's a good idea to soak them in water for 30 minutes to stop them burning). Pinchos morunos can be cooked over charcoal (the best way, in my opinion), under a hot grill or in a griddle pan over a very high heat. Cook for about 2 minutes on each side – you want them to be cooked through but still juicy on the inside. Season with salt and pepper and serve with the mojo picón.

Prep Time

10 minutes, plus marinating

Cook Time

5 minutes

Nutrition Information

Serves 4

Omar's tip:
If you want to make these with chicken, use the thigh. If you are using beef use the skirt or flank and if you want to make lamb skewers use the leg.

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