Spicy Beef Kebabs with Grilled Veggies

August 6, 2014

In perusing recipes for a beef marinade for grilled kebabs, I wanted something a little different tasting, but not using ingredients too far from my culinary comfort zone.  After reading lot of reviews and ingredient lists, I stumbled upon Alton Brown’s recipe for Spicy Beef Kebabs.  They turned out to be DELICIOUS, but not as spicy as the name suggests.

Over all, Alton’s blend of spices, garlic, vinegar, and olive oil makes a pretty tasty marinade that would work well for both beef and chicken.

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Minced garlic, smoked paprika, ground cumin, ground turmeric, kosher salt, and ground black pepper are added to a bowl.

I forget how vividly yellow/orange turmeric is.  Did you know it can be used a natural dye?  A few years ago, I dyed shirts and it worked perfectly, but was a little messy.  This would be a fun thing to try:  Natural Turmeric-Dyed Tablecloth

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The spices are then whisked with red wine vinegar.  Next, while whisking constantly, a slow stream of olive oil is added.  Now, we have a vinaigrette/emulsion/amazing marinade for our cubed beef sirloin.

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The beef is tossed in the marinade, covered, and left in the refrigerator for a few hours so that magic can happen.

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After beef has marinated, the cubes are threaded onto skewers while the grill heats to medium-high.  If you’re using wooden skewers, don’t forget to soak them in water for at least an hour or two… otherwise, you’ll have a burnt catastrophe on your hands.  I think metal skewers are best.

Grill kebabs for 2-3 minutes per side, 8-10 minutes total.

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I made some simple grilled vegetables, too.  There’s no real rhyme or reason for these veggies, what ever you feel like having, chop it up and throw it in!

I used a zucchini, yellow squash, small onion, green bell pepper, and a Japanese eggplant.  I think about the size of a veggie that would fit nicely on a fork and chop everything the same.  Mix veggies with chopped, fresh herbs, minced garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper.  Add mixture to a preheated, round grill skillet/basket that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  Stir occasionally and cook until tender and slightly charred on edges, 15-20 minutes.

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Remove kebabs from the grill and cover with foil.  Let them rest 2-3 minutes before serving.  The beef and veggies pair great with cooked couscous, brown rice, or roasted potatoes… and a cold beer!


Spicy Beef Kebabs with Grilled Veggies

Recipe slightly adapted from Alton Brown, Good Eats 2005
Yields:  2 servings, 4 skewers


1 1/2 lbs. boneless beef sirloin
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil



Cut the beef into 1 1/2 to 1 3/4-inch cubes and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the garlic, paprika, turmeric, cumin, salt, pepper and red wine vinegar.  While whisking constantly, drizzle in the olive oil.  Whisk to combine.

Add beef cubes to marinade bowl and toss to coat.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator and allow to marinate for 2 to 4 hours.

Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.  Thread the meat onto the skewers leaving about 1/2-inch in between the pieces of meat.  Place on the grill and cook, with lid lowered, 2 to 3 minutes per side, 8 to 12 minutes in all (8 minutes for rare and 12 for medium).  Remove from the heat to aluminum foil, wrap and allow to rest for 2 to 3 minutes prior to serving.



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