Kebab, also known as shish kebab, is a meal that includes small cubes of meat and veggies on a skewer. In America, we often call them just plain old “kabobs” when we cook them, and sometimes we call them “skewers” depending on how culturally sensitive we are. After all, dish comes from the word Şiş, a Turkish word meaning “sword” or “skewer”.
There is also a special kind of kebab called the doner kebab, which can also be cooked in an electric grill kebab. The kebob is a brown thinly sliced meat that is made by commercial food companies, mostly from re-processed lamb topped with seasonings. Doner Kebab is a Muslim dish, and as such, the meat may be lamb, beef, veal or chicken but not pork. If it has pork, it’s merely a skewer or regular kebab.
Creating a kebab isn’t difficult, but you do need to do a good amount of prep work before you pop them in the oven. Kebabs always have vegetables and meat in them. You can use beef, chicken or seafood as a main ingredient – shrimp kebabs are especially a treat in warm weather.
There are a lot of great ideas for making kebabs. Filipinos, for example, will chop up barbequed pork shoulder and pair it with some red, yellow or green peppers on the sticks. You can prep the ingredients prior to making the kebabs with all the veggies in separate bowls and the meat in the others.
Consider using leftover meat for kebabs and experiment with different seasonings. Put the seasonings on the kebab right before cooking for optimal flavor.
When using an electric grill to make kebabs, you will usually have metal kebab sticks that come with it. If not, just buy some wood skewers, sold in the cooking section of every grocery store and seafood aisles.
5 Great Electric Grill Kebab Choices in 2018
- This great little rotisserie electric grill comes with 7 skewers that you can use to create kebabs of your choosing. It can cook up to 450 degrees for up to an hour, making it also a great choice for a chicken or a few hens. The front flips open and it’s a glass cover, so you can watch it as it works its magic without having to worry about spills or splatters. Be careful that you don’t choose meat that’s too heavy for the spindle or it won’t rotate. Otherwise, this is a solid choice that is easy to clean with parts that are non-stick and wash with soap and water.
- For cooking kebabs, 6 small skewers rotate together with the center skewer, on their own metal fittings. This is a lightweight kebab electric grill (7 lbs.), which makes it portable for get-togethers. You can also cook chicken or a small hen rotisserie-style in this cooker without any smoke. Most of the insides fittings remove for easy cleaning but wash them in the sink, not the dishwasher. Be aware that it can cook slowly and you need to heed meat-cooking times in the manual.
- This rotisserie electric grill looks more like a smoker than the other models, and it’s built for kebabs, which gives it an automatic advantage in terms of this review. There are 6 kebab slots, which can food 6-8 people. It also has 6 drip slots that lead to a drip tray. There is a voltage comment that is worth noting—this model is designed for AC 220V. This is a model that can easily function as a mini doner kebab machine in a pinch for dinner or lunch.
- This is a 10-in-One grill. Seriously. If you’re not sure what this means, look at the photos. You can open up this kebab electric grill and cook on the surfaces, while the centerpiece does up to 4 kebabs for you at a time. With fittings it can function as a grill, a fryer and a griddle. This machine can grill, boil and sear. Use it for steaks, beef, pork chops or chicken wings. Because it has so many parts, I can’t claim it cleans easily. However, the basic grill plates are wiped clean with soap and water. A digital display gives you precise temperature control with this appliance, too.
- Use this rotisserie electric grill to roast kebabs, chickens, and other large hunks of meat. You can watch this as it cooks with the glass cover. Control the temperature and cook time with push buttons and 8 kebobs. This can be a portable kebab grill if you’re looking to take it on vacation. It weighs in at just 13 lbs. If you’re looking for a basic, solid model without a lot of frills, this is the one for you. Make sure to read the manual to get accurate cooking times for all of your dishes. Poultry does not cook at the same rate as, say, ham or turkey.
Summing it Up:
Cooking kebabs is something that takes a bit of knowledge and persistence. You won’t get the meats and vegetables perfect on the first try. However, all you really need to do is read and try out various recipes. Try this traditional kofta kebob recipe made with lamb and an awesome combination of seasonings if you’re looking for something authentically Mediterranean. Or, if you’re looking for something modern Turkish (which is where the “shis” name comes from) try one of these regionally popular shish kebab recipes from Turkey. There are many great ways to season this dish, and so many cultures have their own versions and takes on the kebab, there are a lot of recipes to explore.
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