It’s surprising to me how very little I hear of outdoor chefs grilling kabobs. They are versatile, fun, and allow you to grill the entire meal, meat, vegetables and even fruit! And since I fancy myself as a bit of a food historian, I feel the need to share with you that the origin of kabobs dates back to the Turkish army of the 1300s where the soldiers would cook their freshly killed animals on the tips of their swords over an open fire. Yummy.
1 cup olive oil
1 cup worcestershire sauce
¼ cup soy sauce
2 Tbs Dijon mustard
4 garlic cloves - minced
2 ½ Tbs dark brown sugar
3 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
2 lbs sirloin - cut into bite sized pieces
1 fresh pineapple - cut into bite sized pieces
Small red potatoes - already boiled and cooked
2 red peppers
2 orange peppers
10 large mushrooms
6 to 8 small tomatoes
Mix the marinade and combine with the beef in a large ziplock bag. Place in the fridge overnight. The next day, soak your bamboo skewers for an hour or so. Now it’s time to start assembling the kabobs, and I’m a real stickler about this. Do not, I repeat do not place meat and vegetables on the same skewer. Why? Because they have totally different cooking densities. When you skewer the meat, have the pieces touching but don’t tightly cram them together. In this case I fed a big gathering, so I had two grills set up with indirect heat.
For the veggies, I brushed them with a mixture of olive oil and lemon juice and sprinkled them with salt and pepper. I then stacked the kabobs opposite the coals. In the second grill I stacked the beef kabobs opposite the coals. The vents went to 50% open and then the lids went on.
After about 20 minutes I moved both the veggies and the beef directly over the coals to create some color and caramelization. Some people serve this sort of thing over rice, but with the potatoes we had plenty of starch. Enjoy!
Dave Lobeck is an Edward Jones Financial Advisor in Jeffersonville by day and a BBQ enthusiast on nights and weekends. Liz is his wife. You can contact Dave with your BBQ, cooking or grilling questions at email@example.com. You can also visit their YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/BBQMyWay !