Beef Shish Kabobs Recipe

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Bacon-wrapped water chestnuts, pineapple chunks and stew meat are basted with a simple marinade from Gerri Layo of Massena, New York. "These kabobs can be assembled ahead, so they're ideal for family get-togethers," she writes. "They're a delicious alternative to hot dogs and hamburgers."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + marinating Grill: 10 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1-1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 pound sliced bacon, halved widthwise
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) pineapple chunks, drained


  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the first seven ingredients. Reserve 1/3 cup for basting; cover and refrigerate. Add beef to bag; seal and turn to coat. Refrigerate overnight.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, partially cook bacon. Wrap each piece around a water chestnut slice.
  3. Drain and discard marinade from beef. On four metal or soaked wooden skewers, alternately thread bacon-wrapped water chestnuts, pineapple and beef.
  4. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until meat reaches desired doneness, basting frequently with reserved marinade. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Beef Shish Kabobs in Quick Cooking May/June 2002, p10

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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