Grilled Kabobs to Upgrade Any Cookout
August 31, 2018 • Posted in Cook, Eat,
Is there anything better than relaxing with family and friends grill-side, brew in hand?
I like to keep summer going strong by being outdoors as much as possible. If I can cook outside rather than cooped up in a kitchen, it's a good day. My favorite setting is directly over a campfire with an added grate after a day of hiking. And grilling at home comes in a close second, because nothing beats that simplicity (and unfortunately not everyday can be filled with camping).
Whether it's right in your backyard, a friend's backyard, or at a campground, your locations are just as limitless as your ingredients.
Kabobs are a solid go-to for grilling and camp cooking. Just chop, marinate, assemble, and grill.
• Chop ingredients large enough to pierce without crumbling.
• Marinate protein for 20 minutes or more. San-J Asian Cooking Sauces have everything you need in one bottle.
• Assemble ahead of time or on the spot.
• Remember to use best practices when handling raw meat.
To really save on time, see if your local grocer carries assembled kabobs ready to grill. While you're there pick up some San-J sauces! Depending on the store layout, they may be in the Asian isle or the condiment isle, or sometimes in a special gluten-free section.
Mix it up. Choose your combination of protein, veggies, and even fruit.
For protein, choose from chicken, beef, pork, tofu, mushrooms, and shrimp. Whole cremini mushrooms work well, and so do sliced portabella mushrooms. If using tofu, make sure it's extra firm and follow the same practices you would before other methods of cooking tofu - drain, press, marinate or glaze. For meats, make sure to avoid overcooking so they remain juicy rather than dry or tough. Tofu and mushrooms are very forgiving on that front, and really just get better the longer they cook.
When choosing veggies for your kabobs, consider what will offer a variety of textures and colors. Bell peppers, white onion, yellow squash, zucchini, grape tomatoes, baby corn, sugar snap peas, and broccoli are really good options. Broccoli may sound like a curve ball for a skewer, but it's so good!
You could even get a little wild and add in some fruit. Pineapple is no stranger to a tropical kabob situation. Apple is another common favorite which pairs really well with barbeque sauce and chicken. And while it's peach season, let's not forget what sweetness they add to a skewer.
Serve it up. Grain bowls, salads, noodle bowls, or just straight from the skewers.
You can serve them straight from the skewers on their own, or try them as part of a grain bowl or salad. Another idea, which takes a little more effort and is absolutely worth it: Vietnamese Noodle Bowls. Whichever meal you choose to create, top it off with fresh herbs to really level it up.
You can be spontaneous with whatever ingredients you want, or try one of these recipes.
Spicy Szechuan Beef Kabobs, featuring San-J Szechuan Sauce
Teriyaki Chicken Skewers, featuring San-J Teriyaki Sauce
Mongolian Chicken Kebobs, featuring San-J Mongolian Sauce
Grilled Teriyaki Vegetables, featuring San-J Teriyaki Sauce
Grilled Chicken & Peach Skewers, featuring San-J Sweet & Tangy Sauce
Tropical Swordfish & Fruit Skewers, featuring San-J Sweet & Tangy Sauce
Grilled Asian BBQ Shrimp, featuring San-J Asian BBQ Sauce
Chicken & Apple Skewers, featuring San-J Asian BBQ Sauce
Polynesian Kebabs, featuring San-J Sweet & Tangy Sauce
Grilled Orange Chicken, featuring San-J Orange Sauce
Chicken & Vegetable Yakitori, featuring San-J Teriyaki Sauce
BBQ Beef & Apple Skewers, featuring San-J Asian BBQ Sauce
Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce, featuring San-J Thai Peanut Sauce
Get Sauce-y with San-J!
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