Tailgating Kabobs

Tailgating KabobsTailgating Kabobs

As tailgating season is in full swing Patti and I thought we would put together an assortment of kabobs for tailgating and Super Bowl  parties. We wanted to do something special with our Green Mountain Davy Crockett Wood Pellet Tailgater and we love kabobs. What we came up with was 8 different kabobs; one was a fresh fruit kabob for dessert and 6 different sauces with a little help from Grandville’s BBQ Jams.

We were looking for the biggest blast of flavor possible from a Tailgater. We already had a head start because we were using our Green Mountain Davy Crockett Tailgater that will go anywhere you go.

Thinking we would use Lumberjack’s new “Paris-Bordeaux Rosemary” wood pellets, Paris-Bordeaux Rosemary has a savory resinous flavor and aroma. It has a tea-like aroma and a piney flavor. Then we grilled them on Grill Grates griddle for something different. Off the hook!

Kabobs For Tailgating
A Pellet Grill Recipe

Our Kabobs:

  1. Scallops wrapped with bacon
  2. Shrimp with pineapple chunks and glazed with Grandville’s Cajun Kick (ZIPPY)
  3. Chicken with sweet peppers, red onion, pineapple cubes, lightly sautéed mushrooms and Grandville’s Pineapple BBQ jam (ZIPPY)
  4. Pork with pineapple chunks and Grandville’s Pineapple BBQ Jam
  5. Beef sirloin, cubed with tiny potatoes, sweet peppers, red onion and a Worcestershire marinade that was heavy with garlic and black pepper
  6. Beef sirloin, ribbon cut, plus potatoes, sweet peppers, red onion and a Teriyaki- red pepper and garlic marinade (REAL ZIPPY)
  7. Bacon wrapped Elephant garlic with Grandville’s Extra Spicy BBQ Jam

Prep Time: We made a lot of these with a lot of variations until we found what we liked…
Cook Time: 30 minutes smoke, 30 minutes to cook
Grill: Green Mountain Davy Crockett Tailgater Wood Pellet Grill/Smoker
Pellets: Lumberjack’s new “Paris-Bordeaux Rosemary” Tailgating Kabobs pellet grill recipe BBQ smoker

Shrimp & Scallops Ready for the Smoke

Ingredients: Shrimp

  • ½ pound extra large shrimp
  • Pineapple chunks
  • Chef Of The Future “Floribbean Rub & Seasoning”
  • Bamboo skewers, soaked in water for about an hour (so they don’t burn)

Kabobs For Tailgating
A Pellet Grill Recipe

Directions: Shrimp

Clean and peel the shrimp, then gently string them onto bamboo skewers placing a pineapple chunk between each shrimp. Sprinkle a dusting of your rub. The shrimp will cook the fastest. So, it will go on last for about 8 minutes.

Ingredients: Scallops

  • 1 pound of sea scallops
  • ½ pound thick sliced bacon, partly cooked
  • Chef Of The Future “Floribbean Rub & Seasoning”

Directions: Scallops

Rinse and pat dry. Wrap them with the bacon as you put them on the soaked bamboo skewers. These too will cook the fastest, so it will go on last for about 8 minutes. Sprinkle on a dusting of your rub.

Kabobs For Tailgating
A Pellet Grill Recipe

Tailgating Kabobs a pellet grill BBQ recipeReady For The Tailgater

Ingredients: Chicken

  • 4 large chicken breasts, cut into cubes 1½ – 2 inches
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Sweet peppers
  • Red onion
  • Lightly sautéed mushrooms
  • Chef Of The Future “Floribbean Rub & Seasoning”

Kabobs For Tailgating
A Pellet Grill Recipe

Directions: Chicken

Rinse and pat dry your chicken and cut into large cubes so it does not cook too fast. Then, gently skewer the veggies. Sprinkle on a dusting of your rub.

Ingredients: Pork

  • 1 ½ pounds pork, (we used country strips, but tenderloin would work well, too) cut into cubes 1 ½ – 2 inches
  • Pineapple chunks
  • Grandville’s Pineapple BBQ Jam
  • Chef Of The Future “Floribbean Rub & Seasoning”

Kabobs For Tailgating
A Pellet Grill Recipe

Directions: Pork

Rinse and pat dry your pork and cut into 1 ½ – 2” cubes. Then, gently string them onto bamboo skewers placing a pineapple chunk between each piece. Sprinkle on a dusting of your rub. These will cook the longest you are looking for 145 degrees (62c) internal temp. I use a Maverick ProTemp Instant Read Thermometer for checking meat temperatures.

Ingredients: Sirloin Steak Strips

Kabobs For Tailgating
A Pellet Grill Recipe

The Teriyaki Marinade (one of Ken’s favorites)

Ingredients:Teriyaki Marinade

  • Teriyaki Sauce, to cover meat (1 to 2 cups)
  • ½ cup crushed red pepper flakes (this is zingy, you may want to cut back here a bit)
  • ½ cup dried crushed garlic
  • ½ cup dried minced onion
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. coarse ground black pepper

Directions: Sirloin Steak Strips

Place the ingredients for the marinade in a zip lock bag and mix, add meat. I like to do this overnight, but if time is short you can get by with a few hours. Then, gently string the strips and veggies onto the bamboo skewers.

Kabobs For Tailgating
A Pellet Grill Recipe

Ingredients: Sirloin Steak

  • 1 ½ pounds sirloin steak, cut into 1 ½ – 2 inch cubes
  • Small potatoes, parboiled
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Sweet peppers
  • Red onion
  • Lightly sautéed mushrooms

Worcestershire Marinade (Patti’s favorite)

  • 1 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup Country Bob’s All Purpose Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. dried, crushed garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. black pepper, coarse ground

Kabobs For Tailgating
A Pellet Grill Recipe

Directions: Sirloin Steak Cubes

Place the ingredients for the marinade in a zip lock bag and mix, add meat. I like to do this overnight but if time is short you can get by with a few hours. Then gently string the cubes and veggies onto the bamboo skewers. You are looking for 135 degrees (57c) internal temp. I use a Maverick ProTemp Instant Read Thermometer for checking meat temperatures.

Ingredients: Elephant Garlic

  • 2 bulbs of Elephant Garlic
  • ½ pound thick sliced bacon, partly cooked

Directions: Elephant Garlic

Peel garlic and cut the root off the bottom. Parboil for 3 minutes and then rinse in cold water to stop the cooking. Wrap the garlic with the bacon and secure with the skewer. These go on with the beef.

Kabobs For Tailgating
A Pellet Grill Recipe

Ingredients: Fruit Kabobs

  • Red apple, cubed
  • Green apple, cubed
  • Pineapple, cubed
  • Strawberries
  • Honeydew Melon, remove rind, seed and cut into cubes
  • Cantaloupe, remove rind, seed and cut into cubes

Directions: Fruit Kabobs

Wash the fruit and cut into cut into 1 ½ – 2 inch cubes. Then, gently string onto the bamboo skewers.

Tailgating Kabobs pellet grill recipeThe Question is: to Chill or Grill?  Yes!

Kabobs For Tailgating
A Pellet Grill Recipe

Ingredients: Blue Cheese Dip

  • 1 cup garlic mayo (you’ll find the recipe on our site)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 6 oz. crumbled blue cheese
  • ¼ cup wine vinegar (Patti likes to use white wine)
  • 3 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. garlic paste

Directions: Blue Cheese Dip

Place blue cheese in a blender with the vinegar and lime juice. Add garlic, mayo and sour cream, mix well. Then, into the fridge until served at least an hour or so, better overnight.

Kabobs For Tailgating
A Pellet Grill Recipe

Ingredients: Fire & Ice Dipping Sauce

  • 1 lb. sour cream
  • 2 scallions, fine chopped
  • 3 jalapenos, fine chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 4 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. garlic paste

Directions: Fire & Ice Dipping Sauce

Place everything in the blender and puree. Then, back into the fridge until you are ready to serve. Try and give it a few hours so everything can get happy. Again, overnight is best.

Kabobs For Tailgating
A Pellet Grill Recipe

Ingredients: Chipotle Dipping Sauce

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup Mayo
  • 1 small can chipotle chili with adobo sauce, rough chopped
  • 3 jalapeno peppers, rough chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp. garlic paste
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped

Tailgating Kabobs pellet grill recipe BBQ smokerIn the Smoke

Cooking Directions: Green Mountain Wood Pellet Grill/Smoker

To prepare the grill for cooking, check your pellet supply – top off or change flavors as needed. Scrape grill grates off. Set the temperature to 450 degrees and press the “Start” button. Give the grill about 15 minutes to reach temperature and the grates to burn clean.

Note: You can set the start temperature anywhere you want. I do 450 (230c) for a quick cleaning burn.

I like to smoke everything for at least 30 minutes with an hour being even better. After all the Green Mountain wood pellet grill is a awesome smoker so use it for all the wood smoke flavor it will add to your food.

So after the grill comes up to temp and burns clean turn it back down to low. This will be around 180 to 200 degrees (84 to 95c). Place your skewers directly onto the grill and just let it hang out in the smoke and get happy for 30 minutes or so. This is referred to as “Smoking” or “Hot Smoking”, the temperature is 180 degrees (84c). 30 minutes of smoking is not enough to have any cooking effect on your meat but it is enough to open the pores so that the meat can pick up all the flavor of the smoke.

After 30 minutes, turn the (Temperature Control) up to 350 degrees (174c) and pull the meat off the grill. When the grill comes up to temperature put the beef, pork and garlic back on for 15 minutes. This is where I use my kitchen timer. Now, add the chicken. 5 minutes and the shrimp and scallops and sauce everything that you are saucing.

Tailgating Kabobs pellet grill recipe BBQ smokerFruit Kabobs on a Grill Grate

When it is looking like everyone is about done eating, turn the grill up to high and give it a few minutes to get the grates good and hot. Add your fruit kabobs for 3-4 minutes a side. Let me say this, I am a meat and potatoes kind of guy. I don’t eat much fruit. But, these were so good, hot and creamy soft. I ate two of them. Better make plenty for everyone.

Kabobs For Tailgating
A Pellet Grill Recipe

Note: You do not have to do these the same way we did. Feel free to mix and match your favorite ingredients. The cooking times will be the same. It is all about “Time and Temperature”.

You do not have to use bamboo skewers; you can use your steel ones. But, because we are planning this for a road trip, I don’t want to wash my used skewers. I can just toss them. If you use bamboo don’t forget to soak them or they will catch fire.

Note: I get a lot of questions about the kind of pellets you can use with a recipe. Keep in mind that a recipe is just an outline. Some you need follow closely like when you are making bread, but most you can do anything you can dream, our favorite way to cook. Feel free to mix and match the pellets until you find a combination you really like. Also, you are only smoking at temps less than 250 degrees, anything higher is cooking and there will not be much if any smoke so it does not matter what kind of pellet you are using.

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About Our Recipes

We do our recipes on our patio where we have a lineup of grills, including Louisiana, Green Mountain, Memphis, Royall, Traeger pellet grills, Char Griller side box smoker, Saber, Charmglow, Char-Broil, The Big Easy, Pacific Living Outdoor Oven, Lodge Sportsman’s, Brinkman and Weber. I call it our “Wall of Grill”. Our grilling styles are healthy and low fat and will fit pelletheads, gas, natural wood and even charcoal purists. Almost any of our recipes can be done on any kind of good BBQ.

The important thing to keep in mind is TIME & TEMPERATURE. You can even do some of them in the oven or crock pot, but, then you lose all the flavors you get from cooking outdoors. But sometimes it does rain.

Remember that a recipe is simply an outline; it is not written in stone. Don’t be afraid to make changes to suit your taste. Take it and run with it….

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Ken & Patti
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