Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
6 servings (serving size: 1 kebab)

These Caribbean-inspired beef kebabs feature "jerk," a Jamaican seasoning blend used on beef, pork, chicken, lamb, and fish.  For the kebabs, choose yellow plantains with black spots to ensure that they're ripe.

How to Make It

Step 1

Prepare grill.

Step 2

Combine first 9 ingredients in a food processor or blender; process until smooth. Place onion mixture, beef, and bell pepper pieces in a large zip-top plastic bag; seal. Marinate in refrigerator 20 minutes.

Step 3

Remove beef and bell pepper pieces from bag; discard marinade. Place beef, bell pepper pieces, and plantain pieces in a large bowl; toss well to coat.

Step 4

Thread 5 beef cubes, 3 red pepper pieces, and 3 plantain pieces alternately onto each of 6 (12-inch) skewers. Lightly coat kebabs with cooking spray. Place kebabs on grill rack coated with cooking spray. Cook 4 minutes on each side for medium-rare or until desired degree of doneness. Garnish with green onion pieces and serve with lime wedges, if desired.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Fantastic Kabobs!

July 11, 2015
These kabobs are idiot-proof and absolutely delicious.  I made them for a baby shower.  It was nice to have them assembled ahead of time and then I got the hubby to act as man-servant/grill master.  All the girls are asking for the recipe!  I got the plantains at the local Latin market and made plantain-only kebobs with the extra slices.  Like dessert!

Cynthia530's Review

September 07, 2013
This recipe is one of my summer grilling staples. Great for entertaining, guests like the unique tasting marinade. I never cook with plantains, but add purple onion. I like it spicy and next time will include some of the Serrano pepper seeds in the marinade. Sided with a Mediterranean couscous.

Tumbles's Review

May 02, 2012
This is delicious, don't get me wrong, but it was calling out for a sauce or something. I made a mango and cucumber salsa with red onions, lime juice, cilantro and jalapeños and it really finished this perfectly. A neutral side of basmati rice balanced the flavors out really well. A delicious, healthy and quick meal, love it.

xspinteach45's Review

March 04, 2011
I used two habaneros... VERY spicey! However delicious! Loved the plantains. I made white rice as a side dish and also served honeydew and cantalope to cool the heat. I will make it again!

MeMyselfAndPie's Review

November 19, 2010
Wow, these are awesome. Simple and delicious. As they cooked on our grill, they filled our balcony with the most amazing sweet-spicy aroma. I served with black beans and toasted pita. Try them! They're wonderful! Step-by-step photos on my blog: