Grilled Hawaiian Beef Kabobs
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Grilled Hawaiian Beef Kabobs are such an amazing yet simple recipe, you will be making them all year long.
Your favorite island flavors come together with tender beef in a glorious kabob marinade along with juicy pineapple and a rainbow of perfectly cooked vegetables. Summer couldn’t possibly taste any better than this beef kabobs recipe!
If you are a fan of kabobs and skewers be sure to also check out my Grilled Peach Basil Caprese Sausage Skewers!!
Hawaiian Beef Kabobs
I get so excited to bring the grill out. I mean, we live in Arizona and we could probably grill all year long, but somehow grilling became stressful this past year. I was a little discouraged, but then I figured it out.
Everything needs a plan to be successful so I created my grilling plan and put it into action. It really made grilling a total joy again. I will tell you all my tips for simple grilling in a bit.
I am sure you remember me raving over how badly I want to go to Hawaii to renew my vows for my 10 year anniversary. Well, here we are. This year is my 10th anniversary and all I can think about is Hawaii.
I haven’t planned anything, I am not even sure we are going. But, I just can’t get my mind off of it.
And those flavors that I associate with Hawaii keep finding their way into my food too. I mean really… The sweet, tangy fresh flavors are hard to get out of my mind.
Pineapple Beef Shish Kabob
Needless to say when we decided to grill up some steak kabobs all of those luscious Hawaiian flavors came to mind and I knew using charcoal would help give these beef kabobs the perfect smoky kick.
Shish Kabob Marinade
It all starts with a marinade that will knock your socks off. It is sweet, tangy and zesty with a hint of smokiness and oooooh so tasty.
I whipped up my spectacular Hawaiian inspired marinade right in my resealable plastic container and added the beef chunks. Seal, shake and refrigerate.
This makes it so easy. I also prepped all of my veggies and the pineapple the day before. I tossed them into the plastic ware and refrigerated them.
Then we assembled them right we before we grilled. It couldn’t be much easier.
I just couldn’t get over the rainbow of colors and the incredible flavor.
The foolproof choice for beef kabobs is sirloin tip. They cook up to a tasty kabob that is amazingly tender.
Basting the beef while it cooks helps to caramelize the marinade and the end result is a most and tender perfectly cooked kabob that will blow your mind!
Grilled Hawaiian Beef Kabobs are such an amazing yet simple recipe you will be making them all year long.
Your favorite island flavors all come together with tender beef in a glorious marinade, juicy pineapple and a rainbow of perfectly cooked vegetables all on one kabob.
Summer couldn’t possibly taste any better than this!
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Helpful Tips for Hawaiian Beef Kabobs
Plan ahead and hit the grocery store with a list. Walmart pretty much carries everything and that makes it for easy to throw the perfect barbecue. Buy everything you need at least 2 days before your party.
Use containers to store prepped ingredients the day before your party. Those tight fitting lids help prevent a mess and the containers are perfect for marinating. Less work at party time means more time to have fun with your guests.
Store unused charcoal in a cool dry place. Storing inside a small empty trashcan with a lid on it will prevent rain and humidity from damaging your briquets and will give you a long shelf life.
Use a digital or phone timer to remind you of when to flip your meat. Most recipes will give you a time window (such as 3-5 minutes). Set your timer to remind you to check it. This can be a meal saver when you are having fun.
Kabobs built using 2 side-by-side skewers cook more evenly and keep your ingredients from spinning around when you flip them.
Wad a piece of aluminum foil into a ball about the size of a navel orange. Hold ball of foil snugly with tongs. Scrape foil back and forth across the hot grill grates removing any debris.
Tools and Supplies You’ll Need
- Wooden Skewers – Perfect for kabobs, whether you are making fruit skewers or meat and veggie kabobs.
- Food Storage Containers – Use containers to store prepped ingredients the day before your party. Those tight fitting lids help prevent a mess and the containers are perfect for marinating. Less work at party time means more time to have fun with your guests.
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Grilled Hawaiian Beef Kabobs
- 6 ounces pineapple juice
- 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon unsulfured molasses
- 2 teaspoons minced ginger
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 1/2 pounds beef sirloin tip, cut into 1" pieces
- 1 red pepper, cut into 1" pieces
- 1/2 fresh pineapple, cut into 1" chunks
- 1/4 red onion, cut into 1" pieces
- 1 zucchini, cut into 1/4 – 1/2" thick coins
- extra cooking oil for preparing grill grates
- Soak 12 wood skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.
- In a medium bowl or resealable container combine marinade ingredients. Whisk until well combined. Reserve 1 cup marinade.
- Add beef to remaining marinade in bowl. Toss to coat. Cover and marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes. If marinating longer be sure to refrigerate.
- Meanwhile, add reserved 1 cup marinade to a small saucepan and cook on medium high, stirring occasionally, until reduced by half (you can skip this step but I love the thick coating of sauce on the beef).Prep pineapple and veggies.
- Preheat grill to high. Layer beef and veggies on skewers. Use 2 skewers about 1/4" apart for each kabob. I start the kabob and end the kabob with beef. But you can do it any way you like. Layer them so the ingredients are touching but not smashed together. Divide the ingredients out over 6 skewers.
- Wad paper towels into a ball and hold with tongs. Dip into a bowl of cooking oil. Rub paper towel over the hot grill grates to thoroughly coat them.
- Grill kabobs for 2 to 3 minutes per side until golden brown and cooked through. Brush with reserved marinade when you place them on the grill and each time your turn the kabobs. Remove from grill and serve.
- If you are traveling or preparing ahead, you can prep veggies and meat with marinade the night before and store in containers. Assemble when you get to your destination.
- Don’t skimp on the beef. Sirloin tips are the perfect cut for this recipe.
You can marinate for up to 24 hours.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published May 2016. Updated and republished June 2022.
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Is there a substitute for the unsulfured molasses. Don't want to buy a bottle for 1 Tbsp.
honey or dark kayro
These look awesome!!
Do you grill these with the top of the grill closed or open?
would keep it closed
I have a gas grill. What temperature?
Hi! I live in AZ also. Where did you find sirloin tips? I use to have them on east coast but have yet to find that cut of beef here in AZ. Would love to know where you found it.
This recipe looks delicious! I don't have a grill or a place to put one right now. Could these be done in the oven?? And, if so, what temp and for how long? I would appreciate help from anyone who might know!
Can I use frozen pineapple?
These were great! Made them for my family to have something different and they absolutely demolished them!! saving this recipe.