How To Cook A Shish Kabob On The Grill

Perhaps one of the best things to happen to the barbecue grill is the skewer.  These handy kitchen accessories let you cook a variety of meat and veggies all at once, giving you a tasty flavor combination that’s easy to make.

If you want to cook a shish kabob on the grill, then follow this how-to guide to find the perfect flavor combinations.

Step 1:  Cut it Up


Start by assembling your meat, fruit, and veggies for your skewers. Using a sharp knife, cube all of your ingredients into two-inch squares. Place your meat into a ziplock bag and add a marinade to help tenderize and add flavor.  Seal it tightly and refrigerate for a minimum of 12 hours.  You can also marinate your vegetables and fruits the same way in a separate bag.

Step 2:  Prep your Skewers


You can either use metal or wood skewers when you cook shish kabob on the grill. If you’re using ones made of wood, soak them in a bowl of water for a minimum of an hour before you add your meat and veggies and put them on the grill.

If you’re using the metal variety, spray them with a light coating of nonstick cooking spray to make it easy to remove the cooked food when you’re done.

Step 3:  Preheat

Shish Kabob

Before you put your shish kabob on the grill or in your smoker, you’ll want to preheat it.  First, brush oil or spray nonstick cooking spray on your grill grates and then get it started. You’ll want it to be between 325 and 350 degrees before you start.

Step 4:  Skewer the Ingredients

Holding Skish Kabob

Once they’ve had a chance to marinate, you can then slide your meat, veggies, and fruit on your skewers.  Alternate between the different options, and leave a very small space between each item to give them room to cook.

Step 5:  Grill


Lay the kebabs on the grill and let them cook for two to three minutes before turning them to the other side. Depending on the meat you’ve selected, you may need to continue turning them for a total of ten minutes to get everything fully cooked.

Chicken will take longer, where steak can be cooked to your temperature preference.