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This past weekend, Adam and I hosted a grilling kabob bar for a few friends by the pool and it was a blast! Today, we're sharing some inspiration with you as to how you too can host your own kabob bar.
The key to a successful grilling kabob bar is variety! What I mean by this is that it's crucial to have lots of different types of vegetables, as well as more than one type of protein to choose from.
As far as choosing vegetables, I recommend taking a look in your local grocery first. Get an idea for what's fresh and in season, and then go from there! For us, we choose a variety of bell peppers, corn on the cob, baby potatoes, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, pineapple, squash, zucchini, and red onion.
When you're setting up your ingredients for your kabob bar, I recommend using lots of smaller dishes rather than bigger ones. Doing this will also keep you conscious of the portions of the ingredients you are putting out--for instance, think about how many people you are inviting to your party, how many kabobs they'll have, and then you can figure out how many of one vegetable you want to buy and prepare. Once you've got that sorted out, you can begin to choose dishware and display the ingredients out for everyone to start building their kabobs before they head out to the grill outside.
For our beef kabobs, we've used an awesome Mediterranean rub mixture we're excited to share with you!
Mediterranean Beef Rub Recipe:
- 2 tablespoons of paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon of ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon of morita pepper
- 1 pinch of ground mint
- 3/4 teaspoon of ground coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon of ground cilantro
- 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a small mixer and mix on lowest speed for 2-3 minutes. If mixing by hand, mix entirely until all ingredients are combined. Store at room temperature. Rub on beef or pork as preparation for kabobs (or other ways to prepare your preferred meat).
It's crucial that you allow your guests to choose whether or not they want the rub, so be sure to leave the rub out as an ingredient that is a part of the kabob bar (rather than prepping all of the beef with the rub on it).
Once we all started grilling, Adam started pouring everyone a glass of Arbor Mist. We love serving Arbor Mist at these types of get togethers because they are seriously the best (and most simple) way to entertain! Hosting a grilling kabob bar is just one idea out there for you to consider when it comes to summer entertaining--be sure to check out the Simple Entertaining Social Hub for more great entertaining ideas, too!
Once everyone had their kabobs all prepared and starting to grill, I grabbed a glass of Arbor Mist Mango Strawberry Moscato (my favorite) and sat at the pool.
What is your favorite thing to cook on the grill?