Yogurt & Mint Lamb, Beef or Chicken Kebabs

Yogurt & Mint Lamb, Beef or Chicken Kebabs

By: Steven Raichlen
What to know
Suggested Briq
Grill temperature
550°
Skill level
Easy
Prep time
60 mins
Total time
90 mins
Feeds
4
Ingredients
For the Marinade:
1 cup plain yogurt
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint or 2 teaspoons dried mint
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon
1 teaspoon each coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the Kebabs:
1 ½ lbs
lamb shoulder; beef tenderloin or sirloin; or boneless, skinless chicken
1 large onion
1 bunch fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons melted butter
Overview
We adapted Steven Raichlen's multi-purpose kebab recipe for the Spark. The yogurt keeps leaner cuts of meat nice and juicy and the mint adds a bright note that we love with grilled meats. You won't need another kebab recipe! There are variations on this simple recipe found throughout the Middle and Near East. Works equally well with lamb, beef, or chicken. For more interesting background on kebabs throughout the world, visit https://barbecuebible.com/newsletter/kebabs/
Step 1
Cut the onion into 6 wedges and cut each wedge crosswise in half. Break the resulting pieces into individual segments.
Step 2
Make the marinade. Place the yogurt in a large nonreactive bowl. Add the garlic, mint, and olive oil. Grate 1 teaspoon lemon zest with a Microplane or fine grater and add it to the yogurt. Add the juice of the lemon, salt, and pepper. Stir in the meat and cover with plastic wrap. Marinate in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours, stirring several times.
Step 3
Drain the meat and thread it onto the skewers, placing a piece of onion and a fresh mint leaf between each.
Step 4
Load a Quick or Everyday Briq into the Spark and set the temperature at 550-600°F, depending on how much you like little charred bits. Brush and oil the grill grate.
Step 5
Arrange the kebabs on the grate and grill until cooked to taste, about 2 minutes per side (8 minutes in all) for medium. For extra flavor, you can baste the cooked kebabs with melted butter. Serve at once.
Notes
You'll also need: Flat metal or bamboo skewers (12 inches each)
Products in this recipe