Kabob racks are one of the greatest grill tools to own, especially if you like cooking skewers on the grill. Kabobs are a very healthy way to grill meat and vegetables. All you need is a simple marinade and a good dipping sauce. You can alternate meat and vegetables on the skewers, or you can make them all vegetable or all meat (like yakitori style). The kabob rack makes it a breeze to flip your kabobs. The rack is made with stainless steel and it comes with metal skewers that fit into the rack’s notches. The skewers lock into place, so it is easy to turn the skewers (a full 360 degrees) when you are ready to flip your kabobs.
We took a look at three different brands of kabob racks and rated them on a few important categories. We scored each brand based on the following essential characteristics: Design, Durability, Clearance, and Cleanup. We rated them on a scale of 1-5 scoring for each category (where 1 is the worst and 5 is the best). Then, we came up with an Overall Score that brought all the qualities together.
You can read our in-depth analysis and review of each kabob rack, or you can choose to read the summary below the ranking table. If one of the racks sounds like it’s a good fit for you, click on the Amazon button to purchase it!
Overall Kabob Racks Review Scores
Cave Tools Skewer Shish Kabob Grill Rack
As with all Cave Tools products, the three piece tool set comes with a lifetime satisfaction guarantee, allowing you to return the items for a full refund if you aren’t happy. They also come in a nice box, so would make an ideal gift for any BBQ fan.
Bottom line: This is a professional grade product, solid and sturdy, made to last a lifetime.
Brinkmann Shish Kabob Set
If you’re wondering about the row of holes along the side of the frame, they supposedly allow you to turn the rack over without the skewers dropping out when grilling. I’m not sure why you would want to do this, and I presume you have to put the food on the skewers after putting them through the holes, or use very tiny pieces of food.
Overall, this kabob barbecue set isn’t the best on the market, but is a comparable price, so not one I can recommend.
Weber Original Kabob Rack
I think this particular kabob set looks pretty good. The steel frame is quite thick and sturdy, and when the skewers all have the little logo facing in the same direction it’s visually pleasing. But what’s important is how it functions. The very first thing you notice when using this kebab set is the bluntness of the skewers. I’m not sure if this is an oversight or health and safety gone mad, but the skewer ends are duller than my finger tips. How they got the raw food on them to take the publicity shots I don’t know.
Really, apart from the skewers which need a good sharpening, this is a fairly decent product. Solid, sturdy and about the right size for the average grill. And being able to get spare skewers is a useful addition for those who like to prepare ahead of time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will A Kabob Rack Work with Wooden Skewers?
Yes. Most kabob racks come with stainless steel skewers, which are easy to clean and are reusable. If you already have wooden skewers, you can use them on the rack with no problems. Always be sure to soak wooden skewers for at least 30 minutes before using to prevent flare ups and fires.
Can You Purchase Extra Kabob Sticks?
Depending on the manufacturer, you may be able to buy extra kabob sticks for your kabob rack. For example, Cave Tools sells extra skewers in a 10-pack.
Can You Use a Kabob Rack In the Oven?
Kabob racks aren’t just for the grill - you can use them in the oven, too. Since the sets are made of stainless steel, they can be used in any type of grill (gas, pellet, or charcoal) but you can also use them in the oven. To prevent dripping, you may want to put a foil-lined sheet tray underneath the kabob rack in the oven.
Why Use a Kabob Rack?
Kabob racks make it quick and easy to turn your skewers. Most kabob racks have notches in the rack and a mechanism that allows you to lock the skewer in place, then turn them 360 degrees as you wish.
What Kind of Grill Does The Kabob Rack Work With?
Kabob racks are sized to work with most grills, including the Big Green Egg. You can use them with charcoal grills, gas grills, and pellet grills. Check the dimensions against the size of your grill to be sure that it will fit.