This post is in partnership with Cargill Beef.
Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer for many. The kids are out of school, if not already, everyone’s mowing their grass and doing yard work and grilling becomes almost a nightly occurrence. These grilled citrus-marinated steak and watermelon kabobs are fresh and flavorful and the perfect recipe for a hot summer’s night (Maybe the 4th of July?!)
I never grill without letting my meat marinate. It’s a must! It adds so much flavor and the combination herbs, oils, dressings and fresh juices are endless.
This marinade consists of orange juice, zest, paprika and fresh cilantro.
Everything is better on a stick, right?
(Have you ever been to the Iowa State Fair? All of the yummy food is on a stick! Well, and not so yummy. Deep fried butter on a stick would not be my favorite.)
You could even add some veggies to these and then you’d have your whole meal on a kabob!
Have you ever grilled fruit before? It’s delicious. Feel free to use any fruit you have on hand in place of the watermelon. Grilled peaches are my favorite!
- 1 pound beef top sirloin steak boneless from Sam’s Club, cut 1-inch thick
- 1 medium orange
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 4 cups cubed mango, watermelon, peaches and/or plums
- Grate peel, and squeeze 2 tablespoons juice from orange; reserve juice. Combine orange peel, cilantro, paprika and ground red pepper, if desired, in small bowl. Cut beef steak into 1-¼-inch pieces. Place beef and 2-½ tablespoons cilantro mixture in food-safe plastic bag; turn to coat. Place remaining cilantro mixture and fruit in separate food-safe plastic bag; turn to coat. Close bags securely. Marinate beef and fruit in refrigerator 15 minutes to 2 hours.
- Soak eight 9-inch bamboo skewers in water 10 minutes; drain. Thread beef evenly onto four skewers, leaving a small space between pieces. Thread fruit onto remaining four separate skewers.
- Place kabobs on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill beef kabobs, covered, 8 to 10 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 9 to 11 minutes) for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. Grill fruit kabobs 5 to 7 minutes or until softened and beginning to brown, turning once. 4. Season beef with salt, as desired. Drizzle reserved orange juice over fruit kabobs.
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