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Pepper Barbecue Sauce Grilled Steak Skewers

Pepper Barbecue Sauce Steak Skewers

There are few people alive who will refuse to dunk their perfectly grilled steak in an aromatic maple-BBQ sauce. This version of barbecue is a bit different and not to be surprised at last minute, we’ll just say that this pepper barbecue sauce does not contain sweet bell peppers, or hot peppers of any kind. However, it does involve 1/8 of a cup of black ground pepper. It is not for the faint of heart, but 2 tablespoons of freshly ground black pepper?! It is surely enough to make some people swoon. Though some of you will swoon in a good way, because it tastes incredible, quite possibly like no other barbecue sauce you’ve had before.

You’ll find that this pepper barbecue sauce makes about 2 cups of deliciousness. It is more than you need for these sirloin steak skewers, so that means you are cooking ahead! And you’ll end up with enough sauce to save for later; the BBQ sauce lasts up to a month in the refrigerator, it can also be frozen in cubes for when you need a quick peppery fix for your slow cooker BBQ bacon green beans. One other time-saver in the recipe is this: it isn’t a must to marinate the steaks, you can just slather it on the skewers come grilling time and save the rest for serving.

Skewers are a win-win situation. Choose your meat, your vegetables and your sauce, and the meal will be devoured by all.

Pepper Barbecue Sauce Steak Skewers Recipe

Serves: 4Prep: 20 min + 2 hCook: 10 min

Protein: 63g / %

Carbs: 31g / %

Fat: 40g / %

Values are per portion. These are for information only & are not meant to be exact calculations.


  • 1 to 2 lbs. sirloin steak, cubed
  • 2 bell peppers, cubed
  • 1 onion, cubed
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Wood or metal skewers

Pepper Barbecue Sauce

  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 oz. tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup homemade ketchup
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1/8 cup freshly ground black pepper + more to taste
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • Sea salt to taste

Steak Preperation


  1. To make the sauce: melt the coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat, then add the garlic and onion.
  2. Cook until soft and fragrant, add all the remaining ingredients, season to taste with additional pepper and sea salt, stirring everything together.
  3. Bring to a soft boil, lower heat and simmer 15 to 20 minutes, or until sauce thickens.
  4. Let the sauce cool down while preparing the beef skewers.
  5. Thread the beef, bell pepper, and onion alternately on the skewers.
  6. Brush generously with the sauce and marinate in the refrigerator 2 to 8 hours (optional). If you want to save some sauce to serve, divide it in half so it isn’t in contact with the raw steak.
  7. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  8. Grill the skewers 2 to 3 minutes per side or to desired doneness.
  9. Let cool 2 to 3 minutes, adjust seasoning to taste, and serve with extra barbecue sauce.
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