Wooden and bamboo skewers are good, but the best BBQ skewers are made from metal. These stainless-steel skewers are durable, can be used many times, and do not flare up and catch fire like the wooden kind. BBQ skewers are a great tool to have even if you do not make a lot of kebobs. Even if you're not marinating small pieces of meat or vegetables, skewers are perfect to hold food together. They make it easier to flip small food like shrimp, and hold large, skinny meat (like skirt steak) flat so it cooks evenly.
We took a look at three different brands of BBQ skewers to find the best brand. We decided the important factors to consider are Design, Durability, Storage, and Cleanup. We gave each brand a score from 1 to 5, where 1 is the worst and 5 is the best. We then came up with an Overall Score to bring it all together, tying in any other unique characteristics.
The table will give you an overview of each brand so you can see how it rates in each category. A more in-depth analysis of each brand is available by clicking on the full review button below.
Overall BBQ Skewers Review Scores
Cave Tools BBQ Skewers Set
There are ten skewers in this BBQ skewers set from Cave Tools. They’re made from stainless steel, whith a brushed rather than a polished finish. They’re 12” long and an inch wide at the widest part of the handle. Each skewer comes with a disc, which is used to push the food off the skewer and onto the plate. There is also a hanging loop for ease of storage.
The BBQ stainless steel skewers are compatible with the Cave Tools kabob rack, are fully dishwasher safe so clean up is easy, and also come with access to Cave Tools recipe website. Despite being such a relatively simple item, they also come with the Cave Tools lifetime money back guarantee.
Char-Broil Chrome Grill Skewer
These grill skewers from Char-Broil are 17” long, and made from chrome. They are flat in section and have a simple loop at the end for hanging. There are four bbq skewers per pack.
The presentation could be better, they’re shrink-wrapped to a piece of card, like something in the fishing tackle store, but that’s a minor detail. My philosophy is you can never have too many kebab skewers, and it’s easy to just grab a pack or three of these when you’re at the store.
Weber Essentials Kabob Skewers
I’ve got to say, when I first picked up these bbq skewers I thought they’d broken, or there were parts missing, and I started searching around for the rest. But no, what you see is what you get. Which is basically four pieces of flat steel with a twist at one end. At the other end, where the point should be, is instead a blunt. Try loading anything even remotely tough and that blunt is going nowhere.
At the end of the day, a kabob skewer is a simple item, and not that tricky to make. Weber have essentially invented the metal bamboo kabob skewer here, and are trying to sell them to you as some kind of sophisticated item. Personally, I expect more than a piece of flat metal with a twist in it and a blunt end from Weber.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can You Use Wooden Skewers on a Grill?
You can use wooden or bamboo skewers on any type of grill (pellet grill, gas grill, or charcoal grill). However, they are quick to catch on fire on a hot grill. You should soak wooden skewers for at least 30 minutes (or up to overnight) before loading them up with meat and vegetables. This will greatly reduce the chances of flareups or fires.
What Are Metal Skewers Used For?
Skewers are thin pieces of metal or wood that hold pieces of food together. They are very popular for grilling meat or vegetable kabobs. The metal skewers are made with stainless steel so, unlike wooden skewers, you can use them many times.
How Long Do You Soak Wooden Skewers?
Wooden skewers should be fully submerged in water and soaked for 30 minutes, or as long as overnight.
How Do You Make Kabobs?
Kabobs are easy to make using skewers. They are usually made with marinated meat like chicken, beef, pork, lamb, or seafood like shrimp. Common vegetables include mushrooms, tomatoes, zucchini, bell peppers, and onions. The ingredients are threaded onto the skewer, sometimes in alternating order. The sharp end pierces the food so you can slide it up the rod.
Can You Reuse Metal Skewers?
Yes, metal skewers can be washed and reused multiple times. Some skewers are dishwasher safe, but always check with your manufacturer before placing them in the dishwasher. They can also be washed with warm, soapy water.