How to Cook Beef Kabobs in the Oven
The question of how to cook beef kabobs in the oven often arises from a misconception about how home cooking should be done. It is often assumed that simply placing the meat directly on the hot coals will cause it to cook quickly and easily. This is not the case. In fact, this method can actually do as much harm as good, as the heat will actually cause the meat to lose moisture faster than it can be regained.
This misconception is related to the way people use ovens in the first place. Ovens were designed to keep food hot so that it could be eaten as quickly as possible. The belief was that by raising the temperature of the oven to a higher level than the ambient temperature outside, the meat would retain more of its natural juices, resulting in a quicker and more delicious meal.
This worked fine for the time but has changed over the years.
The modern oven is simply a very large, open box that contains a sealed heating unit. The heating unit itself holds the temperature well above what the rest of the box can reach. All that the food needs to be cooked is placed directly onto these coals. This is not the same as cooking in direct sunlight on an open flame because no food is being cooked at the same time, and the coals have no direct contact with either.
The real way to cook beef kabobs in the oven is to slowly bring the temperature down in small increments. In this manner, the meat will continue to cook at a cooler and more consistent temperature. Because of this, the meat will maintain most of its natural juices, and the baking time will be much less. This results in a delicious meal that is fast and delicious and has very little preparation time.
Of course, if you don’t like to wait, you can always go in the opposite direction.
You could place the meat directly on the coals. This results in a faster and more intense cooking time, but it also results in a much larger ash load. If you are using dry rubs or a smoker to help add flavor to your meat, you should know that they will build up around the edges of the pieces, leading to a less than desirable result. Of course, there are ways to avoid this problem. For example, smoking your meat over a hot fire will ensure that the ash doesn’t get collected in the edges.
The final way to cook beef kabobs in the oven is by basting the meat. You should use a meat thermometer to determine the internal temperature of the meat. Once the temperature reaches about 160 degrees, cover the lid and put the meat in the oven. Allow the meat to reach the desired temperature, then, as it begins to brown, baste it one last time.
So, how to cook beef kabobs in the oven? There are three basic methods.
The first method, and probably the easiest, is done using a barbecue pit. Simply line the pit with chunks of wood, build a fire and start cooking. However, this method requires some skill, and it’s not recommended for the beginning cook. If you do it right, you’ll get great results and enjoy a barbecue every time.
The second method is slightly more involved, but it allows the cook to control the temperature and outcome. The other method, which is the most common way to cook beef kabobs in the oven, involves building a brick oven that has an insert. These are usually pre-baked, so the only work involved is actually putting the meat into the brick oven, and setting the temperature to your desired level.