Fire up the grill and make these fantastic tropical teriyaki beef kabobs for your next dinner! Kids will love the sweet tropical teriyaki flavor and adults are will love how easy they are to make – and they’re a great healthy grilling recipe!
If you’re looking for more delicious beef recipes that pair with vegetables, try my Asian sesame grilled steak salad or use my steak marinade to make a fabulous girilled steak and pair it with some oven roasted tomatoes!
This post and recipe were sponsored by Canada Beef. I have been compensated for my time and talent and as always, all opinions in this post are mine alone.
Vegetable and Beef Kabobs – A One Skewer Dinner!
I’ve partnered with Canada Beef to create this versatile and delicious beef kabob recipe! Being an Alberta girl, beef definitely has a place on my table, not only for it’s high iron and protein (I’ll get into that later) but because all four family members in my family eat it. The kids LOVE beef. Steaks, ground beef, roast beef, you name it and the kids love it. It’s the one meat protein that my son enjoys no matter what dish I make, which is no small miracle.
We are extremely lucky here in Canada to have some of the best and most famous beef in the world. From your small local producer to larger ranchers, we have so many options available to us. Make sure to check out your local beef producers and shop local! Remember that a lot of your grocery stores will carry local beef, no matter what province you are in and if they don’t, start asking them to support local beef farmers as well! Coop here in Alberta is a great example of how they support local and carry Canandian beef producers.
How to Make Beef Kabobs
These are so easy to make and the best part is that you can marinate the beef and prep the vegetables ahead of time! I use a kabob rack to make mine, but you can place them right on the grill if you want.
- Whisk together the marinade ingredients. Set aside a small portion for basting while grilling.
- Place the beef in the marinade and refrigerate overnight.
- Prepare your vegetables.
- Place the vegetables and the beef on the skewers.
The Meat Factor
Adding some meat to meals can boost the amount of iron absorbed from plant sources by 150% – this phenomenon is known as the ‘Meat Factor’.The best example of this is that if you add ground beef to your chili, you will get the maximum nutrional benefits from both the ground beef AND the beans in your chili. Try my Kitchen Sink chili recipe that is full of vegetables, beans and ground beef for a powerhouse dinner!
For this recipe I deliberately have paired fruit that is high in Vitamin C along with the beef. Eating foods rich in Vitamin C also helps with iron absorption, and beef is an exceptional choice for its iron content – beef has 200% more iron and 600% more B12 than the same portion amount of chicken does. I have always had a very low iron count that I have to be cognizant of and this is a method that I consciously use to boost my iron intake – that and I love a good beef liver and onions recipe!
Tips and Tricks for Grilling Beef
Here are a few fun facts from Canada Beef (and a few myths that are busted as well) when it comes to grilling up your beef!
- Seasoning your steak before grilling brings out more flavor.
- Steaks actually cook more evenly when you flip them more than once!
- Searing your meat is a fast and simple way to add flavor to your beef. This is why you want to sear your pot roasts before you put them in the slow cooker, that added flavor.
- Make sure to head to the Canada Beef website and check out their beef cooking tips and tricks!
- Pierce the beef before placing it into the marinade, piercing the meat helps tenderize it more than a marinade does.
These beef kabobs were an absolute hit and I will be making them again next week for sure! It’s rare to find a meal that the whole family loved. A tip for parents of picky eaters – let the kids build their own kabobs. My daughter will build one of pure beef and pineapple, (she loves my grilled pineapple )while my son would load his up with everything. It makes it SO much easier for the whole family to enjoy dinner together – and it’s less work for me!
The beef was so tender and the tropical flavors were exceptional, I highly encourage you to give this one a try! Next time I will add mushrooms.
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Sweet Tropical Teriyaki Beef Kabobs
- Prep Time
- 20 minutes
- Cook Time
- 15 minutes
- BBQ Skewers
- Karlynn Johnston
Chicken Kabob Marinade
- 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
- 1/4 cup pineapple juice
- 5 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 pounds beef sirloin steaks cut into bite sized cubes, fat trimmed, pierced with a fork
- 5-6 spears fresh pineapple cut into one inch chunks
- 1 large orange bell pepper cut into large chunks
- 1 large red bell pepper cut into large chunks
- 1 large white onion cut into chunks
- Whisk together the beef marinade ingredients until combined. Place the beef cubes into a large Ziploc bag or a plastic container with a lid.
- Remove 1/4 cup of the marinade and set aside in a container for basting later while BBQ-ing, and pour the remaining marinade into the bag with the beef.
- Refrigerate overnight for the tastiest results.
- When you are ready to cook, drain the beef from the marinade. Preheat your BBQ to medium-high heat. If your BBQ grate tends to stick, grease it accordingly.
- Thread the beef, pineapple, bell peppers and onion onto the skewers.
- Place the skewers on the preheated grill, turning frequently until nicely browned on all sides.
- The beef can be cooked until medium-rare, and the vegetables until tender crisp.
- Remove and serve. The skewers will be HOT!
- Top with chopped cilantro if desired, I love cilantro on everything!
- Nutrition on this is very innaccurate as it doesn't take into consideration how much marinade remains on the beef
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.