June 16, 2011

Beefy Summer BBQ Steak Kabobs

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So, we have just finished a heat wave in our part of the state where the temperature wasn't much below 90 degrees with some serious humidity for at least a week until we finally got a break with a few thunderstorms and some rain. Now some may say that the best time to cook and grill is in that type of heat but for me it's painful to be in front of a grill cooking for a long period of time in 95 degree weather.

We had one of Paul’s army buddies staying with us for a couple of days so when I found out, I decided to welcome him with my own version of a man’s summer haven BBQ dinner. It was short notice that I found out he was going to be staying but I wanted to whip up what I could to make sure he felt welcomed and comfortable in our house. The best part about this dinner is that it took little preparation till everything was cooked and served, so grilling in the blistering heat hovering over a hot grill wouldn't be so bad if you had to. 

I know, I know, this isn’t a complex dish and takes all of 10 minutes to prepare but occasionally we need to be reminded that non sophisticated cooking can still wow your taste buds and put you right at home. As our guest was getting settled in, we grabbed a few beers and I started chopping, cutting and skewing together dinner while we all chatted? Not too much concentration or thought has to go into dinner and this recipe is proof that simplicity and a good conversation can make the best meal.

When you’re cruising through the grocery store, grab the most colorful veggies or meats to fit whatever season you’re cooking in and wham, you have yourself a meal. Boneless top sirloin makes the meat for kabobs like this because they are very tender and delicious... the best steak kabobs.

We were all full and happy! :)

Beefy summer BBQ Steak Kabobs
Recipe and photos by A Healthy Jalapeno

2 pounds boneless top sirloin
2 peppers (I used a red and green pepper, but use whatever you like)
1 lg. sweet yellow onion
Jack Daniels BBQ sauce, to your liking.
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
Around 10 bamboo skewers (pre-soak in water)
Olive oil

Cut the steak into bite size pieces and in a mixing bowl whisk together garlic powder, olive oil, salt and pepper. If you soak the bamboo skewers in a large bowl of water, this makes it easy for the meat and vegetables to come off after cooking. Then cut the peppers and onion into bite size pieces.

On the skewers, place a piece of meat, a pepper and an onion. Be creative and put them in whatever order you want but space each flavor out and make it colorful. Skewer all of your desired meat and veggies. Dribble the kabobs with olive oil and grill until they are cooked, turning occasionally.

*You can also marinade the steaks/chicken in the BBQ sauce for 30 min to 2 hrs before grilling but for tonight's meal I decided to have it as a dribbled over dipping sauce.

So simple, everyone’s happy and the taste is phenomenal.

Stay cool and….Enjoy!


Christine's Pantry said...

Looks wonderful! Yummy! Thanks for sharing!

Eccentric Kitchen (Steph) said...

Sounds delish! I am your newest follower :)

Laura Jeanne said...

Thanks ladies. It's one of my favorite quick and go meals that takes almost no time to throw together :)