Smoky Beef Kabobs: Grilled Peppery Summer Sticks

Summer is the time for grilling and barbequing. If the temperatures have started to rise in your area, take the heat of cooking outside. Is it really hot? Try cooking small pieces of meat for speed. You won't have to leave the air conditioning for long when cooking kabobs.

Marinate your beef in a unique marinade and grill it over charcoal. These kabobs come together very quickly and the end result is strikingly flavorful. Add peppers and onions to the skewers for more color, or serve alongside grilled corn on the cob and a fruit salad for an equally pretty effect.

Smoky Beef Kabobs (Serves 4)

Prep time: 30 min Cook time: 20 min

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb Chuck steak trimmed and cubed (1 inch)
  • 1/4 C BBQ sauce
  • 2 T Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 T yellow mustard
  • 1/4 C sweet white wine
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1 T cooking oil
  • kosher salt
  • assorted peppercorns, ground
  • assorted chunked peppers and onions (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Light charcoals in the grill and allow them to reach medium high heat.
  2. Meanwhile, place cubed meat in a medium, shallow dish.
  3. Add BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, wine, sugar and oil. Mix marinade and make sure meat is coated. Marinades are used to flavor meats intensely as well as to break down some of the meat structure so that the meat will be more tender. This particular marinade is potent enough to do its work in a relatively short time as compared to overnight or 4 hour marinades.
  4. Let the meat set in marinade at room temperature for twenty minutes.
  5. Skewer meat on wooden or metal skewers. If your grill tends to cook hot, use metal skewers. Wooden ones can catch fire.
  6. Season the meat with salt and ground pepper.
  7. Grill for approximately twenty minutes. Turn the skewers occasionally to ensure even and thorough cooking. Small pieces of meat may cook very quickly if your charcoal temperature is high, so watch carefully.
  8. When the meat pieces have an even dark crust on them, take the kabobs from the grill and serve.

Some guests may appreciate BBQ sauce on the side, but these beef kabobs are very flavorful on their own. The flavor is reminiscent of a smoked jerky, but the meat is tender and moist. If you plan on grilling corn for a side dish, you will need to start a little earlier. Corn on the cob can take up to 45 minutes to cook thoroughly on the grill. Use your waiting time to prepare other side dishes such as baked beans, fruit salad or even a cool creamy dessert.