Next time you crank up the grill, kick up your outdoor cooking options with a kaleidoscope of colorful skewers. Kebabs, sticks, brochettes—, whatever you call them, skewered tidbits sizzled over fire is one of the world's most beloved cooking methods. In fact, the technique is so efficient, versatile, and tasty, it dates back to early humankind (try as long as 300,000 years ago).
With nothing more than a few long metal or wood skewers and a hot grill, you can mix and match ingredients to create mouthwatering flavor and texture combinations. Marinades and sauces add moistness and zest, while easy accompaniments such as salad greens, toasted bread, and dipping sauces round out the offerings for a full meal.
Try these kebab recipes: