Grill It: Kebabs

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For those of us in mild climates, Memorial Day weekend typically marks the official start of grilling season. Covers come off and tongs come out for holiday grilling that won’t stop until the weather forces us inside.

The summer months practically beg for outdoor cooking. Just turning on the oven turns the kitchen into a sweltering nightmare, so anything I can throw on the grill immediately shoots to the top of my recipes-to-try list. One of my favorite ways to make summer meals even easier is to use spice blends from The Spice House, a family-owned chain with stores in Milwaukee and the Chicago area. I gave my dad the Beef & Steak Lovers Gift Box for Christmas last year, and we’ve been testing the mixes with a variety of recipes.

grilled sirloin vegetable kebabs

Kebabs are one of the easiest recipes you can make on the grill. A mix of cooking oil and spices is all you need to season chicken or steak. I used the Milwaukee Avenue Steak Seasoning for the sirloin kebabs and the Quebec Beef Spice for the chicken. Don’t let the name fool you: the Quebec mix is a peppery blend perfectly suited for chicken or fish as well as beef. Thread the ingredients on a metal skewer (or a pre-soaked bamboo skewer) with a mix of your favorite summer vegetables, then let them sizzle away to grilled perfection.

I always make a few extra kebabs so I can enjoy the leftovers in a collard greens wrap or a pita pocket with hummus and some extra greens. Any recipe that makes a couple meals with minimal prep jives perfectly with my minimalist summer cooking attitude.

grilled sirloin chicken kebabs

Grilled Sirloin or Chicken and Vegetable Kebabs

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 23 minutes

Serves: 6

Grilled Sirloin or Chicken and Vegetable Kebabs

Grilled sirloin steak or chicken kebabs with juicy vegetables


  • 3 tablespoons liquid coconut oil (warm slightly to liquify)
  • 2 tablespoons Milwaukee Avenue seasoning or steak seasoning of your choice
  • 1.5 pounds boneless sirloin, fat removed and cut into cubes of about an inch
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 10 baby bella mushrooms, halved
  • 5-6 large metal skewers


Preheat your grill on medium heat. In a mixing bowl, combine coconut oil and steak seasoning. Add steak cubes and mix until thoroughly coated. Cut peppers and onions into 1" pieces. Thread the ingredients onto your skewers, alternating meat and vegetables.

Cook skewers in a closed grill over direct medium heat for 7-9 minutes, turning once.

To make the above recipe using chicken, use boneless, skinless chicken breast in place of steak and Quebec Beef Spice in place of Milwaukee Ave. Cook skewers for 6-8 minutes, turning once.

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  • iris

    I often drizzle melted butter+lemon juice onto my kebabs…it’s a crowd pleaser.
    Also, have you tried just straight up grilling okra on a skewer? Also pretty great :)

    • Alicia Jay

      Ooh, melted butter and lemon juice sounds like a mouthwatering dip. Maybe you could add some finely chopped fresh herbs too- yum! I will have to try grilled okra. I’ve only had it chopped in stews. It has such an interesting texture then and I’d love to try it grilled.

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