Beef Kebabs with Barbecue Sauce

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Appears in

The Times Calendar Cookbook

By Katie Stewart

Published 1977

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On beautiful skewers, kebabs look sufficiently dramatic to serve at a dinner party. They may need last-minute cooking, but at least there’s a minimum of kitchen preparation time.


  • 675 g/ lb rump steak
  • 4 medium-sized onions
  • 12 small mushrooms
  • oil for brushing


    Trim the steak and cut into neat pieces for skewering – try to allow about four pieces of meat per person. Peel the onions and cut in half, then separate out into pieces. Skewer pieces of meat, pushing them close together with onion at either end if they are to be cooked ‘rare’ or separate the pieces of meat and skewer alternating with pieces of onion and mushrooms for meat that’s to be well done. Brush with oil and set aside while preparing the sauce.

    Heat the oil in a saucepan and add the onion. Fry gently for a few minutes to soften the onion, then stir in the tomato ketchup, water, vinegar, sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and salt. Bring up to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Blend a little of the hot sauce with the cornflour blend, mix well and return to the saucepan. Stir until boiling and slightly thickened.

    Meanwhile, preheat the grill until hot. Set the kebabs under the grill at least 7 cm (3 in) below the heat. Grill under high heat for the first few moments, then lower the heat and cook gently for 15–20 minutes. Turn the skewers to cook evenly. Serve the kebabs on a mound of rice with the sauce separately.