Tasty steak kabobs need to be on your list of things to make this summer. They are easy to make and so flavorful with the bacon and special glaze.
It’s summer….grilling season…steak and bacon….mic drop! And these steak kabobs are extra flavorful with the addition of a glaze/marinade. Made with ketchup, brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire, and garlic…just the stuff that makes steak taste so good.
Grilled Steak Kabobs
When you grill steak, the grill has to be pretty hot. If you like steak medium rare, the outer meat has to char fast so that the inside stays pink. If it takes too long to get a good char, the middle is just going to cook away to medium or medium well. This is especially true when you have small chunks of meat on a skewer. So First, make sure your grill is hot.
Secondly, use a cut of beef that is naturally tender. Top sirloin, porterhouse, and rib eye are all good choices. Tenderloin or filet mignon is super tender and that’s what I used here. If you are concerned about how tender your meat is, you can always use this glaze as a marinade. Mix up a double batch of the glaze and place the cut up meat in a plastic bag with a good amount of glaze/marinade and refrigerate for an hour or more. This will help to tenderize the meat.
Since I used tenderloin which is a very lean meat that has very little fat for flavoring, the addition of the bacon adds a lot to the taste. When you serve the meat, the bacon does not get cooked through, but the parts that get charred can be cut away and eaten with a bite of steak. And that is yummy.
Prepare your grill by lightly coating the grate with some vegetable oil to prevent sticking. My little grate doesn’t have a lot of surface area but if you have a cast iron grate, sticking can become more of a problem.
If you use bamboo skewers make sure you soak them for at least 30 minutes in water before using.
I bought some nice skewers made by Cuisinart that have double tongs so it’s easy to flip the kabobs. They also have a slide that easily pushes off whatever is on the tongs.
What to serve with the kabobs
With the grill going, a perfect accompaniment to the steak is grilled veggies. Try sweet peppers of all colors, onions, mushrooms, and maybe a poblano or jalapeno pepper. Just lightly oil the vegetables with cooking spray or olive oil before grilling.
Grilling steak kabobs is perfect for a nice summer evening meal. Invite some friends over too for an easy, relaxing, delicious meal.
Grilled Steak Kabobs with Bacon
- 2 tbsp ketchup
- 2 tsp light brown sugar
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- 2 tsp vinegar, I used white wine vinegar, but cider vinegar would be good too.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp butter, melted
- 2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- pinch of salt
- 12 oz. steak, cut into 1 1/4" to 1 1/2" pieces tenderloin or top sirloin
- 3 slabs thick cut, smokey bacon, cut into 1 1/2" pieces about 4 1/2 oz.
- salt and pepper
- Mix all the glaze ingredients in a small bowl and stir well to dissolve the sugar. See notes.
- Start your grill, gas or charcoal and heat to high temperature.
- Thread bacon and beef onto skewers so that the bacon surrounds the beef. Lightly salt and pepper the kabobs, then brush with glaze.
- Oil the grill's grate with vegetable oil. Place the skewers on the hot grill and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the beef is nicely charred. Baste the beef with more glaze then turn onto the second side and cook for 2 more minutes. The beef should be medium rare, 135° to 140° when checked with an instant read thermometer.
- Remove from the grill and coat a final time with the glaze. Serve hot.
- If you wish to marinate the beef prior to grilling, make a double batch of the glaze. Place beef chunks and marinade in a sealable plastic bag and refrigerate for 1 hour or more.
- If using bamboo skewers, soak them well in water for 30 to 60 minutes.
- I used 9 1/2" metal skewers and 2 were enough for the 3/4 pound of tenderloin.
- To get medium rare steak, the grill has to be quite hot. You will get a nice char in 2 to 2 1/2 minutes and the middle of the beef pieces will remain pink. If it takes longer to get a char, the beef will cook to medium or even medium well, (4 to 5 minutes per side).
- The bacon does not get cooked through but the edges will be browned. Cut off the browned edge and eat with a piece of steak...yum.
- The nutrition information is based on eating all of the bacon and using 1/4 of the glaze. So this is an estimate of the nutritional information.