From the very first time a caveman skewered a hunk of triceratops flesh and roasted it over an open flame, man has had a love affair with food served on sticks.
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Today, that love affair has become more public than ever, with almost every world cuisine offering some variation of punctured meat, pierced seafood or perforated vegetation. From Azerbaijani kebabs to Japanese yakitori, people everywhere can't seem to resist eating foods that have been impaled, charred, and then served on that same impaling implement.
With that in mind, we'd like to present the following fun ideas for barbecuing on wood or metal skewers, just like the cavemen used to do when they first invented propane.
(Nom Nom Paleo)
Smashed Steak Skewers With Cherry BBQ Sauce
Steak on a stick is already intriguing, but it's downright irresistible with cherry BBQ sauce. Try out this recipe from Michelle Tam's Nom Nom Paleo cookbook, which offers the additional catharsiss of getting to smash your food with a mallet prior to grilling.
RECIPE: Paleo Stuffed Peppers
(Con Dos Pallilos)
Chicken Yakitori Skewers
Yakitori is a Japanese snack consisting of charcoal-grilled meats on skewers, typically enjoyed alongside a cold beer. If that doesn't sound like the perfect cookout fare already, just wait until you see Carmen's yakitori recipe from Con Dos Palillos, featuring chunks of chicken and scallion in an addictive soy, mirin and sake marinade.
Grilled Filipino Pork Belly Skewers
Don't bother with bacon. Grab yourself a big fatty slab of pork belly and slap it on the grill, like the carnivorous bloggers at Meatventures. Salar and Jeannie offer two recipes for adobo-marinated pork-belly: one with a more traditional Filipino flavor, and another with a classic BBQ bite.
RECIPE: Jack Daniels Pulled Pork Tacos
(Taste With the Eyes)
Spicy Charred Baby Octopus Skewers
(Stupid Easy Paleo)
After a trip to an Azerbaijani restaurant, Steph at Stupid Easy Paleo fell in love with their cuisine and vowed to recreate the experience at home. Her experiments resulted in this tender recipe for lamb kofta kebabs, an irresistable treat that goes splendidly well with a side of homemade lemony herb sauce or cool cucumber raita.
RECIPE: Rachel Allen's Lamb Chops
(What's Gaby Cooking?)
Grilled Shishito Peppers on a Stick
(Season With Spice)
Tandoori Chicken Tikka Skewers
Beef Satay With Peanut Sauce
Grilled Shortcake Skewers
S'mores are the obvious choice when it comes to flame-kissed desserts, but any idiot can hold a marshmallow over a fire. For a real treat, try whipping up this grilled shortcake recipe from Betsy at Betsylife, featuring two kinds of grilled fruit and toasty pound cake.