Ahhh . . . Summer! Good times, good company, and good food cookin’ on the barby! Summer is definitely the season for family, good friends, and good food on the grill. Large family gatherings and BBQ parties, though, don’t have to mean spending all your time prepping and cooking for your guests. From our kitchen to yours, here’s a simple, tasty recipe for grilling skewers that is sure to be a hit for your summer grill gatherings and leaving you with what’s most important – more time with family and friends!
Quick and Easy Grilled Skewers
Ingredients: What You Will Need
1 lb of protein of your choice: beef, chicken, pork, or shrimp
2 Medium green bell peppers
2 Medium red bell peppers
2 Medium onions of choice: white or red preferred
2 Cans large chunk pineapple – in pineapple juice, NOT syrup – drained (you may also use fresh pineapple, but keep in mind, it will need to ripen 2-3 days before you can cut it open)
Garlic Powder – sprinkle to taste
Old Bay Seasoning – sprinkle to taste
1/2 Cup each of lemon juice and lime juice
1/8 Cup Worcestershire sauce
Total Prep Time: Approximately 30 minutes (includes chopping of protein, peppers and onions, and assembly of skewers)
Serves: 1 lb of protein makes 6 skewers. You may need to adjust amount of protein based on number of guests.
Directions: The How To
Preheat grill to around 350 degrees F.
Choose Your Protein: The best protein for grilled skewers is either beef, chicken, pork, or shrimp, or a combination. We prefer pork. Best cut of protein for each: pre-diced beef stew cuts for beef, thick boneless porkchops for pork, chicken breasts for poultry, and either frozen or fresh shrimp for seafood protein.
Cut protein into 1-2-inch pieces – EXCEPT if using shrimp as it can be placed on skewers as is. Place protein in a large mixing bowl, add in a mixture of the lemon juice, lime juice, and Worcestershire sauce, and marinade for 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Meanwhile, chop both green and red peppers, onions, and pineapple into 1-2-inch pieces (canned pineapple chunks shouldn’t need cutting, unless you prefer smaller pieces). Combine in another large mixing bowl and set aside. NOTE: if using canned pineapple, drain juice and save for later use in this recipe.
After marinating in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, take protein marinade mixture out of fridge and stir in pineapple juice, if using canned pineapple. Drain marinade from protein and place protein on a large plate or platter. Season lightly with garlic powder and Old Bay Seasoning. Let stand at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes.
TIP: If you choose to use shrimp as your protein of choice, the above marinade is not necessary. Simply seasoning with garlic powder and Old Bay Seasoning will flavor the shrimp perfectly. If desired, you may mix together the lemon juice, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and Old Bay Seasoning in a bowl, and simply brush over the shrimp and veggie skewers while on the grill. Or, simply brush the leftover pineapple juice over the shrimp, along with a sprinkle or two of garlic powder and Old Bay Seasoning.
Using either wood or metal skewer sticks, layer pieces – in this order for color / texture – onion, red pepper, pineapple, green pepper, and protein by piercing each piece with end of skewer and sliding on. Repeat until skewer is full. Repeat for each skewer until you have the desired amount of skewers per number of your guests. BE CAREFUL: Wood skewers can splinter and metal skewers burn hands! Be sure to ALWAYS use protective heat-resistant cooking mitts whenever grilling.
Place skewers on a preheated, greased grill. Use a grill brush to continually brush marinade on skewer sticks as they grill. Grill on medium to low heat until protein is thoroughly cooked – 140 to 159 degrees inside – approximately 35 minutes for beef, chicken, or pork, and 25 minutes for shrimp. Remove from grill and serve with your favorite summertime side dishes.
TIP: You can always use a meat thermometer to check the temperature to make sure your protein is cooked through.
Recommended Side Dishes:
There you have it . . . skewers on the grill – made quick and easy for your next summer outdoor gathering. Here’s to summer and more time with family, friends, and good food! Bon Appetite!!