Father’s Day Kabob and Dip Bar Ideas
For a family full of different likes and dislikes, the beauty of the kabob lies in its versatility. Whatever meat, veggie or fruit suits your taste, it has a place on a skewer. Plus, older kids can help thread kabobs. And after grilling, everyone can dip to his or her heart’s content. Sticks and dips — it’s a winning combination!
Make skewers work to your advantage
Stick to these tips for kabob success.
- Soaking. When using wooden skewers, soak them for 30 minutes first to reduce scorching on the fire. A clean vase or casserole dish work well.
- Skewers. We like using a metal skewer when grilling small pieces of meat. We recommend using two skewers when grilling shrimp, chicken strips or sticks of summer squash for ease of turning and to prevent ingredients from spinning.
- Ingredients. Skewer like ingredients together and make sure ingredients are cut to a similar size. Both these tips help the ingredients cook more evenly. If you are using a marinade, thread ingredients onto the skewers and then marinate in a non-reactive container in the fridge.
- Cook. Use direct heat for grilling.
- Turn. Remember to use tongs or an oven mitt when turning the skewers on the grill.
3 Time-Saving Tips
If you’re a little short on prep time, fear not. A kabob dinner can still be a part of your Father’s Day celebration. Here’s how:
- Pre-made kabobs. Get your grill on even faster by picking up our house-made, grill-ready, seasoned or marinated kabobs in our meat and seafood departments.
- Spice rubs. Spice rubs are an easy way to quickly add dynamic flavor to meat and vegetables, especially before grilling. Look for them on the shelves with other spices and near the meat and fish counters.
- Dips. Rather than making your own sauce, take a delicious shortcut and shop for 365 Everyday Value® Organic Regional Barbecue Sauces in Kansas City Love, Memphis Madness and Texas True. Or treat dad to all three varieties for a celebration of unique flavors from iconic barbecue destinations.
Find inspiration with these recipes or check out our collection of favorite kabob recipes.
- Kabobs of nearly all types. Peanut sauce + lime + cilantro + tamarind
- Vegetables. Greek yogurt + harissa (North African hot chile blend) + lemon juice
- Steak. Fish sauce + honey + gochujang (Korean hot chile paste)
- Fish or chicken. Sour cream + fresh oregano + anchovy paste + chopped olives + lemon zest
You can also try using rosemary sprigs in place of skewers. It will add incredible flavor! And consider serving your kabobs with pita, tortillas or crispy lettuce leaves for utensil- and plate-free eating.