A Break From the Ordinary – Grilled Kabobs

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A Rack of Kabobs

These things always get my mouth watering

Let’s talk about a delicious, easy, and fun dish to cook on the grill; Kabobs!  Far too often when people think of grilling, hamburgers and hot dogs come to mind.  Now I’m as American as they get and I love me some burgers and dogs.  But the thing is, you’re really missing out if that’s the only thing you put on the grill.  A little bit of variety is the spice of life — and with kabobs, we’re talking about more variety than you can shake a stick at (pun intended).

Believe it or not, kabobs are a tasty meal that is routinely enjoyed in many parts of the world.  Honestly, I was surprised by how many countries and different peoples ate kabobs.  Not to mention a person could write a book on all of the different ways to enjoy kabob dishes.  Actually, someone did.

So what is a Shish Kabob? (I never did figure out where the ‘shish’ thing comes from)  Well google defines it as

a dish of pieces of marinated meat and vegetables 
cooked and served on skewers.

Sounds good to me.  Now that we know what they are, let’s discuss making some to grill.

As I mentioned previously, if there is one way to make a kabob, there are a hundred.  Once you get the hang of it, you can really have fun with all different sorts of combinations.  You can fix any kind of meat (or fish) that you can think of.  And for the vegetarian in the family, you can make a few kabobs specifically for them.  Heck, you can even do fruit!  Again, the combinations truly are endless.

But today, we’re going to keep it simple.  I’m gonna show ya how to grill a beef and pepper kabob.  Now back when I was growing up (in the days before the internet) we called ’em shish kabobs.  So for the most part, this is what’s commonly considered a ‘standard kabob’.  Obviously, that’s a little subjective, but isn’t everything?

Beef Kabobs

Ingredients:  Beef tips or boneless sirloin, diced into cubes.  An onion.  A green pepper.  A set of wooden skewers.

Preparation:  Chop your onion and green pepper into squares.  Then add a piece of beef, onion, and pepper to the skewer.  Repeat this layered pattern until the skewer is filled with your ingredients.  Repeat the process until you have as many skewers as you need, or have used all of your ingredients.

This is where it gets fun.  Next, you can choose to season your skewers, or marinate them.  Either way will produce a delicious result.  But for our purposes, we’re going to season them.  Simply sprinkle a little salt and pepper over your skewers.  Don’t overdo it, but at the same time get your kabobs seasoned up good (and feel free to experiment with different seasonings to get a whole new flavor out of your kabobs).  If you choose to marinade, then start this process the night before grilling to let your food marinade overnight.

Cooking:  Fire up your grill and let it get hot.  You won’t need to use a lot of coals for this; a medium heat is fine.  When the grill is ready, cover it for 10 minutes or so to let those grates heat up.  After the grill is ready, throw your kabobs on and cover up the grill.  Let them cook for 3-5 minutes initially (depending on the grill’s temperature), then turn them.  At this point, the kabobs may slightly stick to the grates.  That’s fine.  Just pull each skewer off by a third until it’s free, then turn.  Again, give it another 3-5 minutes on its opposite side.  Next move the kabobs to a cool section of the grill, cover, and allow them to cook for another 10 minutes or so.  That’s it!

Conclusion – Have Fun, Experiment

This cannot be said enough; grilling kabobs is fun and very simple.  What we have learned here is a simple grilling method that will produce a tasty meal for you and your folks.  But understand that this is just one method out of infinite variations.

Grilled kabobs can be enjoyed with beef, lamb, chicken, and goat.  You can compliment your meat(s) with onions, peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, garlic, corn cobs, anything.  And yes, you can grill a fruit kabob of pineapple, mango, and apples (don’t knock it till you’ve tried it).  Before you know it, you’ll be throwing parties and serve nothing but kabobs done in eight different ways.  The point is to experiment with the foods you like and to have fun!

As always, enjoy yourselves, be safe, and have fun grilling.


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