July 25th, 2022—
If you’ve ever been lucky enough to visit a country in the Middle East or around the Mediterranean Sea, then you’ve probably seen street food vendors cutting slices off of a big ol’ hunk of slowly rotating meat. This delicious delicacy is called shawarma and is a form of vertical rotisserie. The meat can be beef, lamb, chicken, or even turkey — the cooking process is what is important. And now, thanks to a tutorial from Roni Bandini, you can perform that cooking process on your desktop with this Micro Shawarma machine.
This machine is exactly what it sounds like: a tiny vertical rotisserie machine that sits on a desktop. It is sure to make your coworkers jealous in the hours leading up to lunchtime. Like its traditional full size cousins, this Micro Shawarma machine is open-air and has a spit that spins on a vertical axis. Offset to one side of the spit, there is a heating element that continuously roasts the meat. Anytime you get a hankering for some protein, you can slice off some meat. The machine even hosts its own web app, so you can operate everything from your smartphone.
The brain of the Micro Shawarma machine is a MKR WiFi 1010 board. It controls the heat source and the rotation motor through a two-channel relay module. The heat source is an old soldering iron with the tip removed, which we think is an ingenious case of upcycling. An AC motor, which seems to have come from a microwave oven turntable, provides the necessary slow rotation. The frame is made of 3D-printed parts and Roni says that you should line that with aluminum foil to avoid melting the plastic.