Stick with this summer staple and your upcoming BBQ will be smokin’. Get quick tips on marinating your meats, like setting up a DIY kabob bar and grilling personalized grub.
When deciding on ingredients (a.k.a. what’s going on the skewer), it’s important to consider all different diets. Offer an array of options like beef, chicken, shrimp, tofu and veggies. Purchase marinade, sauce for drizzling on the kabobs for added flavor, and materials such as skewers, tongs, wipes, and oil or non-stick grilling spray. Cut up your veggies and proteins in similar-sized pieces, such as 1-1 1/2″ cubes. Set your veggies in the refrigerator until ready to serve, then marinate your proteins in the fridge for at least two hours. Move everything from the fridge to the food station once everyone is ready to start serving themselves. Be sure to keep the veggies and proteins separate during the prep and presentation.
When setting up your DIY kabob station, be sure to place skewers at one end, ingredients in the middle and sauces and plates at the other end. Download our free printable sign, which gives guests instructions on how to build a kabob, and place it in a frame at the beginning of the table, with the skewers beside it. Pro-Tip: If you’re using wooden skewers, soak them in water for 30 minutes before the party starts to prevent parts of the stick from catching fire.
We used plain white bowls in a variety of sizes for the proteins and vegetables, but feel free to mix and match colors based on the theme of your party (or just use the bowls you already own). Give each ingredient their own serving utensil to prevent cross contamination between ingredients and guests can avoid touching the proteins with their bare hands. Download these free printable food tents if you’d like to label each ingredient we used or print the blank food tents so you can write in some of your favorites that we missed.
Once the skewer has been built to each guests’ taste, offer additional sauces so they can top off their masterpieces.
Place wipes at the end of the table to encourage everyone to clean their hands after creating their kabob.
Grab your oven mitts because now you’re ready to fire up the grill! You’ll want your grill all warmed up on medium heat before cooking the kabobs. To avoid the skewers from sticking to the surface of the grill, be sure to rub the grill with vegetable or olive oil, or spray it with grill cooking spray. Keep skewers parallel to one another when grilling to avoid some ingredients from turning mushy or over-cooking before the rest are done. Grill for 10-15 minutes, continually turning the kabob to ensure all sides are cooked thoroughly and evenly, especially the meats. Enjoy!
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