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Center Stage: Sweet and Spicy Beef and Vegetable Kabobs with Sweet Phi

Philia Kelnhofer is the blogger behind Sweet Phi. She’s all about making dinner time a little easier through simple recipes, how-tos and step-by-step instructions. She lives in Milwaukee, WI with her husband/taste tester Nick and dog Clover, where they enjoy trying new cheeses and experimenting with new ingredients. You can find Philea on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Instagram.

These sweet and spicy beef and vegetable kabobs are made using a Hamilton Beach Searing Grill, and are a super tasty kabob that is easy to make indoors while having beautiful outdoor grilled flavors!

Hi there, I’m Phi (pronounced like ‘fee’), the food and lifestyle blogger behind the Sweetphi blog where I share simple sweet and savory recipes. I show readers how to create delicious meals that don’t use a million ingredients or that take hours to make.

I live in Milwaukee, WI where we have very interesting weather. One second it will be pouring rain, the next it will be blinding sunlight. And while I love all the flavors that come from grilling outside, sometimes that it just not a reality because of the weather. Not to mention, the last thing I want to do after a long day of work is set up the grill sometimes.

Enter the Hamilton Beach Searing Grill. This indoor grill is nothing short of amazing. It is small and fits on your counter, but there is nothing small about the amazing seared flavor it gives to food grilled on it. Food made using the Searing Grill actually tastes like it was made using an outdoor grill, and because the temperature gets so high, it leaves those beautiful charred grill marks!

As soon as I saw the box, I had a hankering for some grilled beef and vegetables. It was meant to be, because as I was making this recipe it was pouring rain outside, so it was the perfect opportunity to give the searing grill a test run.

I like to make a very simple marinade that has a hint of sweetness and a hint of spice to really elevate the meat. The marinade I make only has five ingredients, but don’t let the simplicity fool you, the bold marinated sweet and spicy beef kabobs flavor is nothing is amazing.

Kabobs are one of my favorite things to make. I love loading up meat and veggies and making different combinations. They’re customizable to what you like and what you have on hand. For the spring and summer, I like making beef kabobs with cherry tomatoes, red peppers, mushroom and red onion. Again, super simple (just like the marinade) but when combined…delish! I also like using beef because the cook time is super short. These kabobs were grilled and done in 15 minutes!

Next time you’re looking for a delicious grilled meal, look no further than these sweet and spicy beef and vegetable kabobs!

Sweet and Spicy Beef and Vegetable Kabobs

Yield: Serves 4
Author: Philia Kelnhofer of Sweet Phi


  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 pound beef sirloin, chopped into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 red onion, halved, then sliced into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup button mushrooms, whole (about 8-10 small mushrooms)
  • 4 large or 8 small metal skewers


  1. Start by combining all the ingredients for the marinade in a large bowl (olive oil, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, crushed red pepper flakes and garlic salt) and whisk.
  2. Cut the beef into inch size cubes and place into the marinade.
  3. Cut peppers and onion and put them in the marinade, put the cherry tomatoes and mushrooms in the marinade and stir to combine so that marinade is covering all the vegetables. Let marinate for 15 minutes, or overnight (with plastic wrap covering in the fridge if marinating overnight).
  4. Turn searing grill to SEAR setting.
  5. Take a skewer and arrange marinated beef and vegetables in alternating order on the skewer. (I like to start with beef and then do onion, pepper, tomato, beef, mushroom, pepper, onion, beef, etc.) Repeat until skewers are full and all meat and vegetables are used.
  6. Place skewers on the searing grill and close the lid. Let grill for 5 minutes, then with tongs flip the kabob, cook for another 5 minutes. Flip, and cook for another 5 minutes.
  7. Remove from grill and let sit rest/cool on a plate for 5 minutes before serving.


Allow about 20 minutes of kabob prep time for this recipe.

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