Here are some helpful tips:
- Don't forget to soak the skewers in water. If you do not--the sticks will burn and give your food a charred taste.
- I personally like to put similar foods on the same skewer. I do not like to mix meat and vegetables and I like to put vegetables together that will cook in about the same amount of time. This way, everything gets done perfectly versus having dried out meat and perfectly cooked vegetables. I know it is not as pretty, but I feel like the result is a bit better.
- If you can manage to get the vegetable on a skewer, it is probably will work great on the grill. However, not all vegetables are created equal. Dense vegetables like brussels sprouts and potatoes are going to take a lot longer to cook. It might help to bake them a bit first or cut them in half.
- Make your own marinade, buy a bottled one at the grocery store or just you olive oil and some of your favorite spices. I like to marinate things for at least 30 minutes before they go on the grill. If it is a citrus marinade and seafood is involved--I would do even less.