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Sweet & Spicy Steak Kabobs

I have finally slipped into a summertime-state-of-mind. With all of the busy 4th of July festivities now but a memory, I find myself yearning to delve into all that summer has to offer. I want to covet the long, lazy, steamy days and saunter through them with a moment by moment mentality. I love to rise with the sun and quietly sip that first exquisite cup of coffee before the rest of the world wakes up. As I move onto my second cup I relish in the ritual of watering my thirsty garden. Watching the cool water bring my beloved flowers back to life I make a mental check list of what I’d like to accomplish in the precious hours that lay patiently before me. More often than not, my mind wanders to food.

What meals will I prepare for my family today?

Nine times out of ten I visualize a meal made for the grill as the perfect way to eventually end the day.

Wouldn’t you agree that grilling is the perfect way to end a summertime day? And in my mind, the less complicated, more flavorful, the better I always say.

Wait until you see how easy these sweet & spicy pepperazzi steak kabobs are to assemble! You’ll need top sirloin steak, hickory smoked bacon, red & yellow jarred pepperazzi peppers, an onion, fresh sage and dried rosemary (and paprika and S & P that didn’t make it into the photo).

You’ll also need some skewers. Can’t make kabobs without skewers. I used wooden hickory smoked skewers for added flavor but you can use whatever you like. (If you decide to use wooden skewers just remember to soak before using). Putting the kabobs together is a breeze. Cut the steak, onions and bacon into 2 inch pieces and pepperazzi peppers in half. Place the steak into a bowl and toss with the herbs, paprika and some salt and pepper. Then assemble the kabobs. Any order will do, however I strongly suggest that you make sure to place the bacon against the steak for extra flavor as the two meld together while grilling. It is magnificent.

Wasn’t that easy? And aren’t they pretty? Just wait until you taste how flavorful they are!

Once assembled, place on the grill and cook (and turn) kabobs until desired temperature.

And while your at it, try throwing some Bush’s Grillin’ Beans into a grill-safe bowl and heat them right beside the steak kabobs on the grill.

I like to take the term “grillin’ beans” literally. And why not? It makes dinner that much easier.

I served Southern Pit Barbecue Grillin’ Beans. The delicious slow-cooked rich barbecue sauce with pieces of red pepper tucked within the beans was a superb compliment for the sweet & spicy steak kabobs.

It was a match made in heaven.

And it was the perfect way to end my summertime state-of-mind kind of day.

Happy grilling!

~Wenderly

Here’s the recipe!

Sweet & Spicy Steak Kabobs

(makes 8 kabobs)

What you’ll need:

1 1/2 pounds top sirloin steak
16 red & yellow jarred pepperazzi peppers
4 slices hickory smoked bacon
1 onion

For the rub:

1 tbsp paprika
1/4 cup dried rosemary – chopped
1/4 cup fresh sage – chopped
salt & pepper to taste

What you’ll do:

If using wooden skewers, soak in water before using.

Cut the steak, onions and bacon into 2 inch pieces and the pepperazzi peppers in half. To make the rub for the meat, mix the herbs, paprika and some salt and pepper and toss with the cubes of steak. Then assemble the kabobs. Any order will do, however I strongly suggest that you make sure to place the bacon against the steak for extra flavor.

Place the kabobs onto a preheated grill and cook until desired temperature. Make sure to turn the kabobs for even cooking.

Enjoy!

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Bush’s Beans but as always the opinions stated, photos & recipes are my own.

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Orange & Aromatic Herbs Marinated Steak

 

Summertime and celebrations just seem to go hand and hand, don’t they? The golden sunshine, gentle breeze filled days are the perfect setting to make just about any occasion a celebration.

But add a birthday to the mix…

and a very large beautifully wrapped box to a warm summer day and you’ve got an occasion to celebrate indeed!

 

Especially when that box happens to be holding a new grill!  My Yanni celebrated his 25 birthday (for the 20th time) this past weekend and boy did we have a ball! After showering him with gifts, cards and plenty of love & adoration all day we were left with no other alternative than to break out the grill and cook up a scrumptious summertime meal.

My Yanni wanted steak so we made a delicious marinade with rosemary, thyme, bay leaves, garlic, fresh squeezed orange juice and salt & pepper.

It’s the perfect yummy summertime marinade. Full of fresh mouthwatering flavors.

We paired the steak with Bush’s Steakhouse Grillin’ Beans. The authentic blend of beans with a hint of sweetness from the brown sugar simmered in a robust steak sauce was the perfect side for the steak. You can check out all of the other delicious Grillin’ Beans flavors by clicking here.

It was a meal made in heaven that took no time at all.

Which left plenty of time for more birthday indulgence.

A day full of family, good food and fun…

That, in of itself, is worth celebration in my book!

Happy celebrating!

~Wenderly

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Bush’s Beans. However, my opinions, thoughts and photos are 100% my own.

Here’s the recipe!

Orange & Aromatic Herbs Marinated Steak

(Serves 4)

What you’ll need:

• 1 (1 1/2 lb) boneless round steak (or your favorite grilling steak)
• 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice (or store bought orange juice)
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 2 tbsp dried rosemary, crushed
• 2 tbsp dried thyme, crushed
• 2 bay leaves
• 1 tbsp kosher salt
• 1 tsp pepper

What you’ll do:

Rinse steak and pat dry with a paper towel.

Place all ingredients except steak in a gallon sized resealable plastic bag and mix by squeezing bag. Add steak and massage meat until all ingredients cover both sides.

Let marinate in refrigerator for at least an hour to overnight. (The longer the better).

Grill steak to desired doneness. Let rest 5-10 minutes. Slice & serve!

Enjoy!

 

 

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Getting Ready For Some Thrillin’ Grillin’

Since I taunted you in my last post about summer’s sweet whispers and the medicinal hum of air conditioners the weather in suburbia has taken a turn. And by turn I mean a serious nose dive into 40 degree temperatures, rain and the furnace being fired back up.

But that hasn’t dampened grillin’ my spirits, nooo siree Bobby.

Nothing can hold me back from a fantabulous cookout. Not even Mother Nature. Weather on our side or not, we will indeed be firing up the grill this weekend for our Summer Kick-Off Cookout!

I’ve bean (sorry couldn’t help myself) busy sampling all of the delish Grillin’ Beans and have decided on Smokehouse Tradition to accompany my French Provencal marinated flank steak.

And guess what? I’ve received my gorgeous Bush’s® Beans Grillin’ kit. And oh my do the folks at Bush’s Beans know how to throw a party.

They have so generously put together a grillin’ kit that includes a beautiful dutch oven by Emile Henry.

This lovely dutch oven can be used on the grill by the way! How cool is that?

The kit also includes these wonderful grilling essentials…

as well as a darling can opener that comes in very handy when opening a can (or many cans) of Bush’s Grillin’ Beans ( just sayin).

And if that isn’t enough to put a smile of your face, there is a $50 Visa gift card included in this fabulous grillin’ kit!

Are you smiling now? I sure hope so!

Be sure to stay tuned because next week I’ll be sharing all the delicious fun we had grilling, eating (perhaps even singing) and you’ll get a chance to throw your hat in the ring to win one of these fabulous grillin’ kits that Bush’s is so generously providing!

Until then I’ll be busy doing my cold-rain-go-away-sun-will-come-out dance while setting the table with my favorite antique blue transferware dishes and fresh flowers.

Not all at the same time of course.

Happy Grilling!

Wenderly

Disclamer: The cookout and giveaway are in partnership with Bush’s Beans. However my opinions, thoughts and photos are 100% my own.