How To Make Kebabs On The Grill

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Make kebabs on grill
Make kebabs on grill

We recommend serving the kebabs as the Martirosyans do, wrapped in a blanket of lavash or piled atop Aleppo pepper–dusted crispy Mini Kabob Potatoes, alongside Toum, Charred Jalapeños and Tomatoes, and Shaved Onions with Sumac and Parsley. The sides not only fill the table with colourful vegetables and a variety of textures, but they also balance and enhance the rich and fatty meat kebabs. Loaded with several make-ahead options, the entire feast is easily achievable for your next backyard party.

Build a kebab platter

To make beef shish kebabs

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1. Choose large, flat metal skewers, about 1 inch wide and 23 1/2 inches long, for kebabs.

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2. Thread marinated beef flap meat (a flavourful and inexpensive cut with large striations) onto skewers, starting 3 1/2 inches down from the pointed skewer tip.

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3. Leave about 1/4 inch of space between pieces of meat, and scrape off any remaining marinade (including onion and parsley pieces) to prevent burning.

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4. Cover skewered meat with plastic wrap, and pound with the smooth side of a meat mallet to tenderise and flatten slightly to about 1/3-inch thickness.

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5. Grill assembled kebabs over a grill (a mangal, or kebab grill, is shown here), resting ends of skewers on the skewer rack to suspend them.

To make chicken lule kebabs

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1. Choose large, flat metal skewers, about 1 inch wide and 23 1/2 inches long, for kebabs.

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2. Fill a medium bowl with water and keep it near while shaping lule kebabs. Dip your hand in the water before handling the chicken mixture to prevent it from sticking to your hand. Keep the skewer dry so that the chicken mixture adheres to the skewer.

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3. Using a wet hand, scoop about 200 grams of chicken mixture from the bowl and gently compact it into a meatball. Press meat onto a dry (1-inch wide x 23 ½-inch long) metal skewer, about 6-inches down from the pointed skewer tip.

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4. Squeeze the meat on a skewer to shape into an even tube around the skewer, about 9-inches long and 2 1/2 inches down from the pointed skewer tip. Using a wet hand to prevent sticking, run your hand along the shaped meat to smooth all sides.

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5. Using your thumb and pointer finger on either side of the skewer, pinch to remove and straighten the top and bottom ends of the meat tube, removing about 1/2 ounce (3/4 inch) from each end. Put excess meat in a bowl with the remaining chicken mixture. Rewet hand and press to flatten the meat into a 7-inch-long rectangular tube (about 1 1/2 inches wide) that begins about 3 inches down from the pointed skewer tip.

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6. Using your thumb and pointer finger on either side of the skewer, starting from the pointed skewer tip end, make 7 divots on 1 side of meat tube with your thumb, about 1/2 inch deep, running down the length of the meat. Divots should go about three-fourths of the way through meat to skewer.

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7. Chill prepared kebab, resting ends of skewer on rim of a baking sheet to prevent smashing the meat, while shaping remaining kebabs. Once all kebabs are shaped, proceed with grilling.

To make charred jalapeños and tomatoes

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1. Choose large, flat metal skewers, about 1 inch wide and 23 1/2 inches long, for kebabs.

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2. Thread tomatoes and jalapeños crosswise on skewers, starting about 3 1/2 inches down from pointed skewer tip.

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3. Grill assembled vegetable skewers over a kebab or kettle grill or over a gas burner on high heat. Turn skewers occasionally to develop char on all sides.

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4. Prepare eggplant and bell peppers for smoky, creamy Ikra (Eggplant Caviar) by cooking them directly over an open flame on the grill or a gas burner.

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5. Transfer charred vegetables to a covered bowl or bag, and let stand for 15 minutes. Steam helps the skin easily slip off the vegetables before making the dip.

Elevate your skewers with a mangal grill

The mangal, a long and narrow grill, is embraced by kebab-loving cultures all over the world. It’s also the style of grill used at Mini Kabob for their delectable kebabs, including their flavourful Beef Shish Kebab and cult-favourite Lamb Lule kebab (for which they shared a version that uses chicken instead of lamb). Designed with skewers in mind, its shallow and open charcoal bed ensures the coals are exposed to a constant supply of oxygen, resulting in moderately high cooking temperatures perfect for quickly charring meats and vegetables. Skewers are rested across the grill with the ends overhanging the edge of the grill to be used as handles for rotating the kebabs rotisserie-style. “Mangal” is derived from the Arabic word for “carried,” which holds true to the portability of this lightweight and inexpensive grill.

The F&W Kitchen tested the Beef Shish Kebab, Chicken Lule Kebab, and Charred Jalapeños and Tomatoes recipes on a Weber Kettle Grill as well as on a Family-Size Stainless Steel Mangal Grill, a 2-foot-long mangal with simple adjustable vents on both ends to control airflow. The long grilling platform provides plenty of area for cooking multiple kebabs at once, while the folding legs make for effortless storage.

To grill on a mangal, divide the hot coals in half. Push coals to each end of the mangal, spreading them in an even layer and leaving about 10 inches in the centre of the charcoal bed empty. Cook kebabs over the hot coals, rotating and repositioning the skewers as needed to prevent large flare-ups. Compared to a kettle grill, the coal bed in a mangal is much closer to the skewers, so shorten cook times by about 2 minutes. If kebabs are browning too quickly, finish cooking over the centre section.

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