BBQ 101: Barbecue Beef Kabobs or Shish Kebabs

BBQ 101: Beef Kabobs or Shish Kebabs

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Beef Kabobs (or Shish kebabs) are an easy dinner item to make and specialty of the Slavic peopleBeef Kabobs (or Shish kebabs) are an easy dinner item to make and specialty of the Slavic people, but it’s not just limited to beef. Lamb, Chicken, Pork and even Vegetable kabobs are often on the menu! Using bamboo or wooden skewers, will help keep the steak from becoming overcooked on the inside. Do not use Metal, because it transfers heat, unless your are cooking chicken, or a meat that you want to cook well done on the inside. Give this recipe below a try!


Marinade Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Kebab Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs top sirloin steak, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 large bell pepper
  • 1-2 medium red onions
  • 1/2 to a pound button mushrooms
  • About 20 bamboo or wooden skewers



1 Mix the marinade ingredients together in a bowl and add the meat. Cover and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, preferably several hours or even overnight. (Heck, I've kept the meat marinating for a couple days, still great.)

2 Soak the skewers in water for at least 30 minutes before grilling. This will help prevent them from completely burning up on the grill.

3 Cut the vegetables into chunks roughly the width of the beef pieces. Taking care not to poke yourself, thread the meat and vegetables onto double bamboo skewers. One way to do this safely is to put the piece that you are trying to pierce on a cutting board, and then push the skewers through the piece to the board. Using double skewers will help you turn the kebabs on the grill. If you keep a little space between the pieces, they will grill more evenly. Paint the kebabs with some of the remaining marinade.

3 Prepare your grill for high, direct heat. Grill for 8 to 10 minutes, depending on how hot your grill is, and how done you would like your meat, turning occasionally. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

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