Meats, veggies, and skewers. Three simple items that don’t make a great impact when spoken about individually. However, if you put those three together, they form one of the ultimate grilling goodies you’ve ever tasted. Originating from the Middle East, the kabob has taken many twists and turns before finding its way onto our grills’ grates. Now we see hundreds of different kabob combinations sold in stores and made in backyards across the country. Here are some helpful tips and amazing kabob combinations to try at your next barbecue!
Kabob 101: Learning the Basics
Before you get crazy with your kabob combinations, it’s important to learn the basics of this popular meal. While only three items are involved, the variation in those items can be vast. Starting with the type of skewer you’ll be using will be crucial to making an excellent kabob. Your choice often is between wooden and metal skewers, with both having their advantages. Wooden skewers allow you the freedom of being able to dispose of them after a single use, whereas metal skewers are valuable for the exact opposite reason. Depending on future uses, you might base your decision simply on how often you’ll need skewers for kabobs or anything else you plan on grilling.
The second part of a kabob is all about you and your preferences. Picking out the right meats and veggies is a matter of choice, and it’s hard to go wrong here. All-meat kabobs are just as welcomed as all-veggie kabobs, though most people like to compromise somewhere in the middle. Whether you like chicken, beef, or steak, there’s a kabob for you. And whether you like potatoes, peppers, or mushrooms, there’s a kabob for you too.
Firing up the grill will be the last step before completing the introductory course on kabobs. This is where you can try a few different grilling methods. If you choose to grill your meats and veggies a little bit before you put them on a skewer, be careful not to overcook them. If you decide to go with the traditional method of grilling everything at once on a skewer, be aware of your grill’s temperature as certain meats and veggies will cook faster than others.
Kudos to These Kabob Combinations
Check out some of our favorite meats and veggies on a stick, and draw some inspiration from them for your next cookout!
1. Beef Steak & Potato Kabobs
This kabob combination will be for all the picky eaters out there. There’s nothing quite as simple as a meal of meat and potatoes, and this Beef Steak & Potato Kabob recipe delivers just that. For a little added taste and color, we recommend grilling up some yellow or zucchini squash to break up the pattern in your skewer. Even the pickiest of eaters would like that!
2. Beef Kabobs with Grilled Pineapple Salsa
The name certainly lives up to the flavor of this kabob. With just a few ingredients you’ll be ready to dazzle your guests with this Beef Kabob with Grilled Pineapple Salsa recipe. The trick to the salsa is grilling up a few fruits and veggies, including pineapple, on the skewers before making the fresh salsa. Once that is complete, you can use the salsa as a dip with the cubes of beef that you’ve just grilled.
3. Mojo Beef Kabobs
Get your mojo back with this Mojo Beef Kabob recipe! Using a pound of boneless beef top sirloin steak and several fresh ingredients to create a delicious mojo sauce, this kabob recipe will be the talk of the town soon after your cookout!
Those were some of our favorite kabobs. Do you have any kabob recipes up your sleeve? Try using the many ingredients found on our recipes page to help you make an impression the next time you fire up the grill.