What could be more fun than some homemade beef kabobs? Perfect for a party, or just a BBQ treat, this recipe is going to become your favorite way to cook up some beef!
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Party Beef Kabobs
Kabobs are a must on any summer party menu. They manage to tick all of the boxes when it comes to party food.
They are easy to eat, quick to cook, and come with that satisfying, summery feeling no matter how you flavor them.
Alongside being impressive to guests, they are also a food that people can eat without the need for a full sit-down table setup making them perfect for casual parties where the focus is on socializing.
Plus when made right kabobs manage to pack an entire meal onto one stick! These party beef kabobs are an example of just that where everything that you need for a delicious and healthy meal is on one stick.
Should You Use Whole Mushrooms Or Cube Them?
When preparing the vegetables for your kabobs, you want to make sure that everything is bite size. The whole point of kabobs is that they are easy to eat, typically at BBQs and parties where you might be eating standing up.
Depending on the size of the mushrooms you are using you might therefore want to cut them into cubes or small chunks. Ideally, every piece of your kebob should be able to be bitten off the stick whole and eaten as one piece.
As a rough guide, try to keep each part of your kabob between 1 and 2-inch cubes, but don’t worry if they are not perfectly cut. Remember that most vegetables will shrink slightly when cooked, so make sure to compensate for that!
Can You Cook Your Party Beef Kabobs In The Oven?
Kabobs are best when they are cooked on an outside grill, as this allows all of the different pieces to develop those beautiful BBQ lines and the smoky charred flavor that comes with it.
However, grills are not always the easiest of things to set up or clean after cooking. Plus depending on your available outdoor space or weather cooking outside might not even be an option.
Not having an outside grill does have to mean that you can’t have a go at making your own party beef kabobs. As long as you are happy to lose some of the smoky BBQ taste you can make delicious beef party kabobs with an oven.
All you need to do is set your oven to medium broil and place your kabobs roughly 5 inches away from the heat source. Just like you would when cooking on a grill make sure to turn each kabob every few minutes to ensure an even cook. Your kabobs should be done after 12-15 minutes of cooking.
Thanks to your broiler, your kabobs should still have a noticeable grilled taste to them, although they might not be quite as strong as when cooked on a real grill. If you really want to amp up the smoky taste you could try using liquid smoke although for most people the flavor from the broiler should be sufficient.
What To Do With Leftover Marinade
Most of your marinade is going to be used either to marinade the beef or for basting, but if you do find that you have a little left over there is no reason to waste it.
One option is to store it in an airtight container in the fridge where it will last for a few days before it needs to be used. If you know that you are going to be cooking something else in the next few days that could benefit from the salty, umami taste of the marinade this is the best way to make sure it does not go to waste.
Alternatively, you could use it to make a dipping sauce to pair with your kabobs. As the marinade has been used with raw meat you will want to cook it for 5 minutes in a pot, bringing it up to a gentle boil to remove any bacteria that could be present and sanitizing it.
Once the marinade is safe to consume, give it a taste and see if there are any seasoning or adjustments that need to be made to make it an enjoyable sauce and it is ready to serve!
Extra Vegetables You Could Put On Your Kebobs
There are very few vegetables that don’t work on kabobs meaning that you can easily customize your party kabobs based on your taste and the vegetables that you have available.
Here are just a few of the vegetables that you could either use in place of those listed in the ingredients or alongside for a more varied kabob!
It is almost as if eggplants were designed to be cooked on an outside grill. Eggplants char perfectly when grilled and take on a smoky taste that will work great alongside the beef on your kabobs.
- Cherry Tomatoes
They might not technically be a vegetable, but tomatoes grill as if they are. The skins of the tomatoes blacken while the insides stay juicy.
Cherry tomatoes work best for kabobs, as they are bite size and can be easily skewered.
Zucchini is another one of those vegetables that really shines when grilled and develops a beautiful smoky taste.
You can either cut zucchini into cubes or chunky slices depending on how all of your other kabobs ingredients fit onto the skewer.
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Party Beef Kabobs
- Prep Time
- 10 minutes
- Cook Time
- 15 minutes
- Karlynn Johnston
- 4-6 wooden or metal skewers (8 inch long)
- 1½ lbs beef round roast (cut into 2x2x1 inch pieces)
- 8 fresh whole mushrooms (washed and trimmed)
- 1 can water chestnuts (optional)
- 1 small red onion (cut into quarters)
- 1 small green pepper (cut into 1-2 inch squares)
- 1 small yellow pepper (cut into 1-2 inch squares)
- ¼ cup diced green onion
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
- In a shallow container with a lid add the ingredients of the marinade and mix well until combined.
- Trim the beef of any fat and cube into 2x2x1 inch pieces. Add to the marinade and stir to coat well. Refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.
- Take a skewer and add mushrooms, beef, peppers, water chestnuts and onion alternating each. Repeat for the rest of the skewers until all meat is used.
- These can be made in the oven on medium broil for 12-15 minutes turning every 5 minutes or on the BBQ over medium high heat cooking for 12-15 minutes turning and basting often with marinade. Grill until the beef is cooked and the vegetables are tender.
- These can also be made in the oven on medium broil about 5 inches from the heat. Cooking for 12-15 minutes turning often.
- The beef kabobs go well with a wonderful side salad.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.