Take Your Tailgate to the Next Level With a Build-Your-Own-Kebab Bar

kebab bar
I rarely show up to a tailgate empty-handed, and it’s not because I have such impeccable manners. (Trust me.) I just really like to make sure I have something to eat, and since I don’t eat burgers or wings and typically like to make sure I’ve got some sort of veggie available, I often come toting veggies and hummus or another veg-friendly dish.
However, I won’t lie — it kind of sucks to be at a social gathering and totally not taking part in what everyone else is enjoying. Not that I would ever blame a host for not having a vegetarian option! I’m not that kind of vegetarian, I swear. But it is pretty cool when there’s an option in which I can partake, and I’d say that a build-your-own-kebab bar fits that bill quite nicely.
Stubb’s BBQ brought the concept to my attention when they shared their recipe for a BBQ chicken kebab. Changing it up so that it works for everyone at your party is so simple — just have a variety of proteins and veggies available and let people put whatever they want on their stick! So, we’ve adapted the Stubb’s recipe to help you plan your next tailgate perfectly.

Chicken Kebab
Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 8
Get ready for an epic tailgate with this kebab recipe! Be sure to check the notes for ideas to adapt it to accommodate a wider variety of diets.
  • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1” pieces
  • 2½ tablespoons Stubb’s Bar-B-Q Rub
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into large chunks
  • 1 cup Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q Sauce
  • 8 wooden skewers (soak in water for 1-2 hours)
  1. In a large bowl, toss the chicken and Bar-B-Q Rub together. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest in the fridge for 30 min to 1 hour.
  2. Alternate pieces of chicken and red bell pepper on the skewers.
  3. Grill over direct heat for 7-8 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Turn every 2 to 2 ½ minutes to prevent burning.
  4. Baste with Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q Sauce and use a covered grill to ensure a smoky flavor.
Add green or yellow peppers, onions, tofu cubes, pineapple, shrimp, or any other grill-able foods you or your guests might enjoy to the mix. Just be sure to increase the amount of sauce or rub you use as needed, and grab more skewers.
Then, you can either grill the chicken separately or let people literally build their own kebab by putting the ingredients they desire on their own skewers.

What’s on your ideal kebab? —Kristen

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