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Italian Steak Kabobs with Roasted Garlic Basting Sauce

Looking to add some Mediterranean flair to your next grilling session? These Italian Steak Kabobs with Roasted Garlic Basting Sauce will take your taste buds on a flavor-packed journey!

These Italian Steak Kabobs are not only a crowd-pleaser but also an excellent option for a weeknight dinner or weekend get-togethers. Prepare to impress your guests and savor the essence of the Mediterranean with every juicy bite!

Five metal skewers going through pieces of steak, onion, pepperoncini, mushrooms, and red bell pepper. The food has been grilled, and is resting on a white platter. On the right side of the platter is a vine of red cherry tomatoes.

The key to these kabobs is the roasted garlic basting sauce. Roasting the garlic brings out its sweetness and mellows its flavor, making it the perfect complement to the grilled steak. The sauce also adds a touch of smokiness, which is amplified by the grill.

Grilling magically makes almost everything taste even better. You get the smoky flavor and slightly charred little bits to the point of caramelization for the steaks, onions, and bell peppers. Adding mushrooms and pepperoncini peppers ramps things up to a whole other depth of flavor.

Those little flavor bomb tomatoes on the side were the perfect addition to our salad, but they were so beautiful they were screaming “take my picture too!”.

An over head view of steak kabobs with various vegetables resting on a white platter. A vine of cherry tomatoes rests on the right edge of the platter.

This recipe is inspired by our love of the Italian restaurants we have in our area. What many people do not know is that “The Hill” is not just the largest Italian neighborhood is St. Louis. It is probably the largest true Italian neighborhood in the country!

In fact there is a new documentary called “Americas Last Little Italy“. It is a movie that explores the deep historic roots of the Hill, St. Louis’ iconic Italian neighborhood.

We love our Italian around here and it’s a tradition to have a little special dipping oil for Italian bread, that was my inspiration for this recipe, that dipping oil with roasted garlic and some herbs for for the marinade and basting sauce and let me tell you that knocks these little Italian Steak kabobs right out of the ball park, it’s a home run! It’s a winner folks! Go Crazy! Hey Joe Buck is from here too, so his father Jack Buck was the Cardinal Hall of Fame announcer for many many years.  

Grilled vegetables and pieces of steak on metal skewers. The food is arranged on a white platter.

What can you serve with these Italian Steak Kabobs with Roasted Garlic Basting Sauce?

  • All you need is a salad and maybe some garlic bread.
  • A nice bottle of red wine and you’ve got the perfect summer evening dinner!

Metal skewers covered in grilled steak and vegetables.

Here are some tips for making the best Italian Steak Kabobs:

  • Use a good quality steak. A flank steak or skirt steak would be a good choice.
  • Don’t overcrowd the grill. If you crowd the grill, the kabobs will not cook evenly.
  • Baste the kabobs frequently. This will help them stay moist and flavorful.
  • Don’t overcook the steak. Overcooked steak will be tough and dry.

What kind of Beef works for Steak Kabobs

This is debatable. We tend to watch the ads for sales. You will find that Top Sirloin usually has a better price and works great for kabobs, since there is enough muscle to hold up to the marinating process. 

If you are wanting the most tender (but also expensive) filet mignon from beef tenderloin, porterhouse, or ribeye will all work.  However, I prefer just to have all of those as steaks personally.

Stew meat would not be a good choice, as it has too much connective tissue. It needs to cook slowly for some time in order to tenderize it.


We prefer these metal skewers. If you do use wooden skewers, be sure to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before using them.

A white platter with grilled kabobs on it. The kabobs are made of steak, onion, red bell pepper, pepperoncini, and mushrooms. A vine of red cherry tomatoes and a blue towel can be seen in the background.

Some tips for Roasted Garlic:

Grilled steak, pepperoncini, bell pepper, and onion on metal skewers. The skewers are stacked in a pyramid and resting on a white platter.

What’s the difference between charred and burnt? 

Char is all about balance, your creating a complexity of flavor, but burnt food goes past caramelization. Becoming too bitter and not so yummy. It takes some practice and patience to learn how to grill properly and know how to control your fire.

Here are some variations on the recipe:

  • For a more intense garlic flavor, add more roasted garlic to the basting sauce.
  • For a spicier kabobs, add a pinch of red pepper flakes to the basting sauce.
  • For a vegetarian option, omit the steak and use vegetables such as zucchini, squash, or mushrooms.

A close up view of prepared Italian Steak Kabobs. Steak, onion, and red bell pepper are clearly visible. The food is garnished with small pieces of torn parsley.

Fire up the grill and get ready to impress your family and friends with these kabobs that are not only visually appealing but also bursting with savory goodness. Follow this simple recipe and let the Mediterranean aromas fill the air!

If you LOVE this Italian Steak Kabobs with Roasted Garlic Basting Sauce recipe, try these Brazilian Beef Kabobs with Pineapple and Peppers OR this recipe for Grilled Rib-Eye Steaks with Roasted Garlic Herb Butter!


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Looking to make something that is beyond flavorful, juicy, and tender? These Italian Steak Kabobs with Roasted Garlic Basting Sauce is the recipe you need!

Italian Steak Kabobs with Roasted Garlic Basting Sauce

Yield: 8 skewers
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Looking to make something that is beyond flavorful, juicy, and tender? These Italian Steak Kabobs with Roasted Garlic Basting Sauce is the recipe you need!


Roasted Garlic Marinade and Basting Sauce:

  • 1 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 4-5 garlic cloves (roasted, crushed and minced)
  • salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste


  • 1 1/2 lbs top sirloin cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Red, yellow & green bell peppers (about 1/2 each cut into 1″pieces)
  • 1 medium onion (cut into 1″ pieces)
  • 12 Baby Bella Mushrooms
  • 12 pepperoncini peppers
  • 2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley


For the Marinade and Basting Sauce:

  1. Cut the top off the garlic bulbs.
  2. Drizzle with a little olive oil and wrap loosely with foil
  3. Place either in an oven that has been preheated to 400 degrees, or on the grill over indirect heat. Roast for about 30-40 minutes or until golden and tender.
  4. Once done, allow to cool, then mash with a fork and mince.
  5. Combine the Olive oil, and Italian seasoning in a medium bowl. Add the roasted minced garlic, then add 1 cup Zesty Italian Salad Dressing. Whisk to combine.
  6. Pour half into a small bowl, reserving for basting later. Pour other half into larger bowl or zip top bag.
  7. Add the sirloin to the larger bowl or zip top bag and toss to coat. Place in refrigerator about an hour or two, until ready to build kabobs.

For the Kabobs:

  1. If using wooden skewers soak them for 30 minutes in water.
  2. Chop bell peppers, onions and rinse mushrooms and set out the 12 pepperoncini peppers to get ready to assemble skewers.
  3. Place the sirloin on some of the skewers. Toss the vegetables in the remaining marinade or rub with olive oil. Alternating bell peppers, steak, mushroom, onion and pepperoncini.
  4. Grill or broil, turning once and brushing frequently with the basting sauce, until the beef is cooked to the desired doneness and the vegetables are tender, 10 to 12 minutes.
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1 skewer
Amount Per Serving Calories 415Total Fat 32gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 22gCholesterol 78mgSodium 414mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 1gSugar 5gProtein 24g

Nutrition data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix, and should only be used as a general guideline. This information is provided as a courtesy and there is no guarantee that the information will be completely accurate.

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Steak, onion, and bell peppers pierced with a metal skewer. The food is being grilled.

Steak, onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, and pepperoncini on metal skewers prior to being grilled.

Close up view of olive oil, garlic, and herbs being stirred in a metal bowl with a basting brush.

Pieces of green, yellow, and red bell pepper; along with pieces of onion, and baby bella mushrooms resting on a white cutting board.

Five bulbs of roasted galic with the end cut off, resting on a grey plate with blue stripes around the edge.

Very close up view of grilled steak, pepperoncini, mushrooms, bell pepper, and onion after being grilled. Res cherry tomatoes on the vine are visible in the top right corner of the image.

Italian Steak Kabobs with Roasted Garlic Basting Sauce
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