Our Mini Family: How to Host a Grilling Kabob Bar


May 6, 2015

How to Host a Grilling Kabob Bar

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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! 



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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?


56 comments :

  1. That sounds like such a fun party! We love cookouts in the summer.

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    1. Cookouts are the best! So much fun! Especially when the weather is nice and everyone goes swimming, too!

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  2. This is one of the best cookout ideas I've seen in... ever! I love the idea of everyone being able to pick and choose their own kabob ingredients. Very cool.

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    1. Thanks Ben! We love to cookout, and everyone definitely has their own preferences for ingredients for sure. Glad you like our post!!

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  3. My mom use to l-o-v-e arbor mist! I love this idea for a party and think it will be perfect for this summer!

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  4. Beautiful display - looks delicious! Wish I was in Arizona to enjoy!

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    1. Thanks so much! I wish you were in Arizona, too! *hugs*

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  5. What a wonderful idea for a grilling party! And I love a little booze with my meat lol

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    1. YES! Booze does seem to make grilling much more fun (and dangerous! lol)

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  6. What a yummy meal that must have been! I would love to try these kabobs soon!

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    1. Yes it was SO yummy! I hope you try them!

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  7. Those look so delicious, I love the pictures! Thanks for sharing your rub, I hope we can use it as soon as the weather improves here in Seattle! My husband makes a special marinade with beer for our chicken. It is always so good. Now you've got me hungry!!

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    1. Ohhhh beer marinade is fabulous! That sounds so amazing! You are making me drool right now haha. So I guess we are even :P

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  8. This looks like such a refreshing mix of food and drink for a backyard party! I haven't tried Arbor Mist but it looks so fun and flavorful! #client

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    1. It is super refreshing and fresh! I highly recommend having a kabob party at least once!

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  9. Oh how fun. I love, love, love this idea. And that Moscato looks so refreshing. YUMMY

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  10. I love how fresh it all looks. And I happen to think that wine is the PERFECT thing to go with anything on the grill!

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    1. Right?! Wine makes everything better.

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  11. I have not had kabobs in so long and this idea is so clever. The wine makes a great beverage to serve with a yummy meal on the grill.

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    1. Kabobs are awesome, and I feel like people generally forget about them a lot until summer rolls around! I hope you enjoy some this year!

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  12. I haven't had kabobs in a very long time. I love the idea but my family probably won't eat them.

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    1. We hadn't had them in a while either, so it was definitely a treat for us.

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  13. I love this grilling idea and it would definitely leave everyone happy. It is certainly not a party without a cocktail or two!

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  14. I love kabobs on the grill! And, this is a great way to do it for a larger group of people. I'd never thought about offering a kabob bar to let guests choose what they'd like on their individual kabob!

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    1. I am glad you can take away something you hadn't thought of before! :)

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  15. I love the idea of a Kabob bar! I am so excited that it is grilling season, I love how easy it is to grill.

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    1. Yes, grilling is so easy and awesome!

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  16. These Kabobs look so delicious. This is a great way to prepare them. I will have to make some this weekend.

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  17. What a fun idea for a kabob bar! I love that everyone gets just what they want.

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  18. Yuma! Kabobs and moscato - I'm coming over next time!

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  19. What a great idea for a backyard party! I love the idea of a kabob bar. Yum!

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  20. This looks perfect for a BBQ party! I love that 'grilling season' is now full on!

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    1. Yeah!! We are so stoked about grilling season, too!

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  21. Those kabobs look really good. We are thinking about grilling out this weekend, too!

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    1. Oh nice! I hope the weather stays nice so you can!

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  22. Hi Cathy - I'm going to have to save this recipe for my hubby - he really has been enjoying new grilling recipes - watches for ideas on TV and surfs online - thank you :)

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    1. Hi Donna! You are very welcome--that is awesome that he is on the hunt for grilling recipes. Hope he enjoys it!

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  23. This looks delicious. I love making grilling kabobs. Love the variety of meats and veggies you can add.

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    1. Totally! Kabobs are so fun that way! So much variety.

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  24. The beef rub sounds amazing!! I love to cook salmon on a cedar plank on the grill :)

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    1. The rub is awesome!! We've been using it both on and off the grill, too!

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  25. I haven't made kabobs in a really long time. Too long!

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    1. You should make some when you buy that new grill you were telling me you needed! :)

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  26. What a great idea. I love seeing recipes that help usher in summer.

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    1. Yes, ushering in summer is totally a big deal around here!

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  27. I've never thought of adding corn to my kebabs, but I love the idea! Kebabs are one of our favorite meals, so a kebab "bar" is such a fun idea!

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    1. I am glad you discovered something new to switch up your kabobs! That's awesome--and thanks!

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  28. This is such a great idea! I love the recipe. It would be so much fun to have family over and have a grilling kabob bar.

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    1. Yes! Would love to plan another kabob bar some time soon!

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