Easy Rio Olympics Inspired BBQ Meatball Kebabs

Rio Olympics BBQ Meatball Kebabs

I have to be honest neither myself or my partner are big sport fans, however with the Olympics being on the TV we have seen some of the coverage and I have to say that it has been great to watch and how well have we done so far? Go Team GB!

Last weekend  I made some easy Rio Olympics inspired BBQ meatball kebabs. I find using meatballs on a BBQ is a great way to get the boys to eat some colourful and tasty kebabs, and meatballs do not take as long to cook as other beef cuts of meat do. I made these Meatball Kebabs a couple of years ago, and they gave me the idea to make some Olympic style ones. These were very quick and very easy to make and I used the colours and flavours of Brazil for them. Therefore, I used some green and yellow peppers with some beef meatballs which I rubbed with some Schwartz Grill Mates Brazilian BBQ marinade spice mix.

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That is it really, a very easy recipe which is full of flavour and looks colourful.


I cooked these on a throw away BBQ as we ate them at a friends house, but they will, of course, cook well on any BBQ and if it is raining then these will be easier to cook on a grill at home. Here are some ideas to choose the best under-300-dollar grill that available on the market today. brazilkebab2

I served them in a warm pitta with some sour cream dip and lettuce leaves, but they would work well served with some salad and some homemade potato salad too.

Here is how I made them:

Easy Rio Olympics Inspired BBQ Meatball Kebabs
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Serves: 4
  • 1 sachet of Schwartz Grill Mates Brazilian BBQ Smoky & Zesty Marinade Mix
  • 50ml oil
  • 12 Beef meatballs
  • 1 large yellow pepper
  • 1 large green pepper
  • 4 pitta breads
  • lettuce leaves
  • sour cream for dressing (optional)
  • 4 skewer sticks
  1. Light your BBQ - I used a disposable one which takes about 20-30 minutes to heat up and be ready to use
  2. Meanwhile mix the Schwartz spice mix with the oil in a large bowl and add the meatballs and stir to coat them all
  3. Cover with cling film and place in the fridge for 20 minutes
  4. Chop the peppers into chunks - slightly larger than bite size is how I cut them
  5. Once the BBQ is ready, assemble your kebabs by placing 3 meatballs and 4 pieces of pepper (2 of each colour) on to each skewer - see photos below
  6. Place onto the BBQ and cook for approx 15-20 minutes (as per the meatball cooking instructions), turning every 5 minutes so the meatballs get evenly cooked
  7. A few minutes before they are ready, heat your pitta breads in your toaster, cut them open and fill with your salad leaves
  8. Then fill each pitta with some peppers and meatballs, and add some sour cream if you like
  9. (I made 12 serve a family of 4 - 2 each for the boys, 3 for me and the remainder for the OH!), but if your family are larger or eat more, then cook enough meatballs as your require.


This is a really easy and fun recipe idea to make with your little Olympic fans, because making the kebabs is very child friendly and easy to thread the peppers and meatballs onto the skewers. Also, if you are vegetarian, then you could use cherry tomatoes and/or mini mozarella balls in place of the meatballs.

Knowing how long to cook your food on a BBQ can be tricky to get right, because cooking on the coals is very different from cooking indoors on your hob or in your oven. This handy BBQ hacks video created by My Voucher Codes, details how long various popular BBQ foods take to cook. I think this is very useful, and I will be showing it to my BBQ loving OH who I feel would learn a thing or two from this, as he sadly over cooked the meat at the last BBQ he was in charge of at home!!


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5 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Ooh Jenny, these look so lovely. What a fab way to celebrate the Olympics!! And I love the sound of that Brazilian Marinade. Thanks for sharing this with #CookBlogShare 🙂 Eb x

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