Spiessbraten

AuthorChristie
RatingDifficultyIntermediate

Spiessbraten is a specialty dish from the small German town of Idar-Oberstein. I was lucky enough to visit the town and try it once. To this day, I crave it regularly. Two flavor punches make Spiessbraten different from any other type of rotisserie pork: onions and beech wood.

Spiessbraten

Yields8 Servings
Prep Time12 hrsCook Time5 hrsTotal Time17 hrs

 1 pork butt
 5 onions
 2 tablespoons kosher salt
 1/2 cup oil
 2 tablespoons German mustard
 2 teaspoons dried thyme
 2 teaspoons dried oregano
 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
 1 teaspoon cumin
 ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Other items needed
 rotisserie

1

Using a sharp boning knife, remove the bone from the pork butt. Butterfly the pork so that it’s about ½-inch thick.

2

Slice the onions and place in a large bowl. Mix in the oil, mustard and spices. Wearing rubber gloves, massage the onions to release their juices.

3

Spread half of the onion mixture on a large sheet pan. Add the pork on top. If you have to layer the pork, be sure to add onions in between the layers. Add the remaining layers to the top of the pork. Cover with plastic wrap and press to seal.

4

Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.

5

Remove the pork from the onions. Set the onions aside.

6

Roll the pork up into a log-shape, and secure with cooking twine. (watch the video to see how.)

7

Thread the meat onto a rotisserie spit. Let sit at room temperature.

8

Soak the beech wood chips in water.

9

Prepare your coals, until they are hot. Sprinkle beech wood chips on top of the coals. Cook the pork on the rotisserie about one-foot over the coals, until the internal temperature reaches 195F degrees, about 5 hours. You will need to add more coals and wood chips throughout the cook.

10

While the pork is cooking, place the onions in a large pot and cook down over low heat to serve with the pork. Add ½ to 1 cup water or German beer to the onions as they reduce.

11

When the pork reaches 195 degrees, immediately remove the pork from the spit, and remove the twine. Let rest for 30 minutes before slicing and serving.

CategoryCuisineCooking Method,

Tips

For the authentic flavor of Germany, it’s important to use beech wood chips

Ingredients

 1 pork butt
 5 onions
 2 tablespoons kosher salt
 1/2 cup oil
 2 tablespoons German mustard
 2 teaspoons dried thyme
 2 teaspoons dried oregano
 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
 1 teaspoon cumin
 ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Other items needed
 rotisserie

Directions

1

Using a sharp boning knife, remove the bone from the pork butt. Butterfly the pork so that it’s about ½-inch thick.

2

Slice the onions and place in a large bowl. Mix in the oil, mustard and spices. Wearing rubber gloves, massage the onions to release their juices.

3

Spread half of the onion mixture on a large sheet pan. Add the pork on top. If you have to layer the pork, be sure to add onions in between the layers. Add the remaining layers to the top of the pork. Cover with plastic wrap and press to seal.

4

Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or overnight.

5

Remove the pork from the onions. Set the onions aside.

6

Roll the pork up into a log-shape, and secure with cooking twine. (watch the video to see how.)

7

Thread the meat onto a rotisserie spit. Let sit at room temperature.

8

Soak the beech wood chips in water.

9

Prepare your coals, until they are hot. Sprinkle beech wood chips on top of the coals. Cook the pork on the rotisserie about one-foot over the coals, until the internal temperature reaches 195F degrees, about 5 hours. You will need to add more coals and wood chips throughout the cook.

10

While the pork is cooking, place the onions in a large pot and cook down over low heat to serve with the pork. Add ½ to 1 cup water or German beer to the onions as they reduce.

11

When the pork reaches 195 degrees, immediately remove the pork from the spit, and remove the twine. Let rest for 30 minutes before slicing and serving.

Spiessbraten
2017-11-03T12:41:04+00:00

About the Author:

I love to cook outdoors. Give me a smoker, a grill or even a campfire, and I’ll serve you up a meal you won’t forget.

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