Stick Meat Recipe (Beef Skewers)

Give your family and friends something new to enjoy with delicious Stick Meat!

Have you tried stock meat before? It is a beef skewer that’s also a popular Nigerian meat-based snack garnished with tasty peppers. Once you cook the meat perfectly, you will love how tender, chewy, and soft it is.

Surely with the meat, vegetables, and seasoning, each bite will burst with flavor and satisfaction. It is truly happiness on a stick and all of your guests will certainly love it. Get your beef on and try this African stick meat recipe!

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Stick meat is the perfect family-friendly dish for celebrations and weekends. You can serve it as a snack, main dish, side dish, or with soups and stews. Serving stick meat will definitely make everyone smile!

How to Make Stick Meat

There are different ways to make stick meat and the Nigerian version is one of my favorites. It’s easy and quick, and it always gives the best texture and flavors. Even if it takes quite some time to cook, everything will be worth it!

Today, let me show you everything you need to know about Nigerian Stick Meat.

Ingredients

What do you need to cook Stick Meat?

Beef

When it comes to meat options, I always suggest using beef. It has a savory and smoky flavor that you can improve with herbs and spices. Once you cook it, the beef will become juicy, tender, and more tasteful!

In fact, you can grill, roast, fry, braise, or stir-fry the beef to unleash its natural flavors. As long as you cook it well, biting into it will feel like the meat is just melting in your mouth!

I love using beef for Tortilla Wraps, Spaghetti Bolognese, and Meat Pie!

Bell peppers

Which bell peppers should you use for the stick meat? I suggest using red, yellow, and green bell peppers for diverse flavors. The yellow and red bell peppers have a sweet taste while the green bell peppers have a grassy and earthy flavor.

The flavors of the bell peppers will go well with the quality of the beef. These bell peppers also add color and texture to the dish. I always have bell peppers in stock because I cook them in Jollof Rice, Leftover Fried Rice, and Chicken Fried Bulgur!

Sweet pepper

Unlike bell peppers, you will need a sweet pepper to make the sauce. It will balance the meaty flavor of the beef for a delightful taste. The sweet peppers also tones down the spice from the seasonings.

These also add a fruity and saccharine taste to the food. Moreover, it is the secret to making a rich and appetizing pepper sauce to improve the beef. Sweet peppers also work wonders for Moi Moi, Grilled Croaker, and Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry.

Onion

An onion’s pungent and slightly spicy upgrades the beef and pepper sauce. In fact, even its fragrance can take the dish to a whole new level. You will need it for the sauce and marinade for the best flavors.

Scotch bonnet

If you want to add a bit of spice to the recipe, then I highly suggest using a scotch bonnet. It blends well with the peppers, and its natural color can make the sauce more vibrant. 

Seasoning

There are no rules for seasoning; use whatever herbs and spices you prefer. I suggest mixed herbs, garlic powder, turmeric, ginger powder, all-purpose seasoning, sea salt, curry powder, and knorr cubes for this dish. 

These spices can surely amplify the flavors of the beef by seeping into the meat for a burst of flavor. 

Sunflower oil

To fry or saute the beef and sauce, use sunflower oil for a nutty flavor. It can withstand high temperatures, so you can trust that it can preserve the nutrients of the ingredients. 

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Surely, you can never go wrong with these Stick Meat ingredients!

Directions

Here’s how you can make the Stick Meat:

Prepare the beef

  1. Slice the beef into small chunks (or cubes) with a knife, rinse, and place them in a pot.
  2. Without turning on the heat, add the onions and seasonings.
  3. After 20 to 25 minutes, check the meat by piercing it with a fork.
  4. Then, set the onions and beef stock aside.
  5. For the beef, you can either grill or fry it. 
  • For grilling, arrange the chunks of seasoned meat on a baking tray and cook them in the oven at 200°C for up to 20 minutes.
  • For frying, cook the beef in a pot with hot oil, and once cooked, transfer the chunks to a lined plate to drain the oil. 

Make the sauce

  1. Heat cooking oil or the oil from the fried beef in a pot.
  2. Then, sautee the sweet pepper and scotch bonnet using a spatula.
  3. Add the beef stock and season with curry powder, mixed herbs, and all-purpose seasoning
  4. Next, add the onions from the beef stock.
  5. Add the grilled or fried beef and mix it into the sauce until fully coated.
  6. Let it simmer for two minutes and set it aside. 

Make the stick meat

  1. Deseed and slice the mixed bell peppers using a knife.
  2. Then, pierce the beef and bell peppers into toothpicks or skewers.
  3. Arrange them however you prefer. Place them on a plate and serve! 

The fusion of flavors will surely send you to the heavens with every bite. You might even lose count of the sticks you can finish!

Tips

Beef

Buying beef
  • When it comes to buying beef, the meat should be in a red or purple color without discoloration or foul odor.
  • It should also smell fresh and feel firm to the touch.
  • For packaged beef, choose ones without much moisture inside.
  • For this recipe, use the shin or brisket of the beef. 
Storing beef

Peppers

Buying peppers
  • Choose sweet bell peppers with vibrant, firm, and shiny skin.
  • The green stems should also be attached to the pepper.
  • They should also feel heavy for their size. 
Storing peppers
  • Room-temperature peppers should be consumed within five days.
  • Then, refrigerate them in resealable bags to extend their shelf life to a week. 

How to Make Mixed Herbs

Combine basil, parsley, marjoram, oregano, sage, tarragon, and thyme to make your mixed herbs. Store it in a container and use it whenever preferred. 

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Stick Meat Variations

You can always make your own version of the Stick Meat.

Instead of beef, it’s alright to try turkey, chicken, and other protein sources for the meat. Cooking time may vary, but you can use them with or without the beef. I especially suggest it if you have guests who don’t eat beef.

Moreover, aside from bell peppers, you can use tomatoes, onions, scallions, and pineapples to complement the beef. What will make this recipe your own is the seasoning you will use. Make it spicy or sweet according to your preferences.

For a vegetarian version, you can utilize mushrooms, tomatoes, zucchini, onions, and other healthy ingredients you prefer. Pierce them into a stick, grill, and serve. You can also cook Dodo Gizzard on a Stick for a new recipe! 

  • Knife: Slice the beef and vegetables with a knife.
  • Pot: Cook the beef and sauce in a pot. 
  • Wooden spatula: Toss the ingredients together using a wooden spatula.
  • Oven: Use an oven if you plan on oven-grilling the beef.
  • Skewers: Pierce the beef and bell peppers in skewers or toothpicks. 
  • Fork: Check the meat for doneness with a fork.

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How to Serve Stick Meat

Make the most out of the stick meat every time you serve it!

You can enjoy the stick meat any time. It is especially delicious to enjoy with family and friends during the weekend! If you don’t have skewers, then you can serve it in a bowl with drizzled sauce and sauteed mixed bell peppers. 

Eat it as it is or with a side of:

Meanwhile, you might want to consider the following drinks to pair with this dish:

In an article by SFGate, the recommended daily protein intake is four ounces of meat. 

Stick Meat Storage Tips

  • At room temperature: Eat the stick meat within two hours of cooking it.

make ahead

  • In the fridge: Store the dish in the fridge for four days. Then, you can place them on a plate and wrap them in cling film. Prepare the bell peppers on the day you plan to use them. 
  • To freeze: Keep cooked beef in freezer bags for up to several weeks. Then, chop and add the bell peppers once ready to cook. Let it thaw in the fridge for one to two days.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is meat on a stick called?

Meat on a stick is also called stick meat or beef skewers. Its name is inspired by how you make it. You can cook the meat in sauce and just add in vegetables to stick into skewers for a tasty dish!

Which meat is used in stick?

I usually use beef to cook stick meat. It has a juicy, tender, and soft quality and it also has a meaty, savory, and smoky flavor. You can also use pork, turkey, or even chicken to make this recipe.

Is beef sticks meat?

Yes, it is. Most of it is meat but you will also need vegetables like sweet peppers and bell peppers.

What is in beef sticks?

Beef sticks are made of beef, sauce, and bell peppers. You will cook the beef in the sauce and pierce them into the skewers. There are also so many herbs and spices to use for the beef sticks.

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Beef Skewers – Stick Meat (VIDEO)

5 from 1 vote
Flavorful beef, fresh vegetables, and the perfect seasoning, what more can you possibly ask for in this Beef and Pepper Sticks Recipe?
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 30 beef skewers
Course Main Course
Cuisine African, Nigerian
Calories 59kcal

Ingredients
  

For boiled shin of beef

  • 500 g beef (shine or brisket)
  • 1 onion (small-sized)
  • 1 pinch mixed herbs
  • 1 pinch curry powder
  • 1 pinch garlic powder
  • 1 pinch turmeric
  • 1 pinch ginger powder
  • 1 pinch all-purpose seasoning
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 cube knorr chicken

For the pepper sauce

  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil (flavored with the fried meat)
  • ½ sweet pepper (finely chopped)
  • 1 scotch bonnet
  • 1 tbsp meat liquid stock
  • 1 pinch curry powder
  • 1 pinch mixed herbs
  • 1 pinch all-purpose seasoning
  • 1 tbsp onion (from the boiled shin/brisket)

For garnish

  • ½ red bell peppers (equally diced)
  • ½ green bell peppers (equally diced)
  • ½ yellow bell peppers (equally diced)

Instructions
 

Prepare the beef.

  • Slice the beef into small chunks, rinse, and place them in a pot. Without turning on the heat, add the onions and seasonings. There is no need to add water, so proceed to cook the beef over medium heat until tender.
  • After 20 to 25 minutes, check the meat by piercing it with a fork. Set the onions and beef stock aside. For the beef, you can either grill or fry it.
  • For grilling, arrange the chunks on a baking tray and cook them in the oven at 200°C for up to 20 minutes. On the other hand, fry the beef in a pot with hot oil and once cooked, transfer the chunks into a lined plate to drain the oil.

Cook the sauce.

  • Heat cooking oil or the oil from the fried beef in a pot. Then, sautee the sweet pepper and scotch bonnet. Pour in the beef stock and season with curry powder, mixed herbs, and all-purpose seasoning.
  • Next, incorporate the onions from the beef stock. Toss in the grilled or fried beef and mix it into the sauce until fully coated. Let it simmer for 2 minutes and set it aside.

Prepare the bell peppers.

  • Rinse, de-stalk, and deseed the bell peppers.
  • Dice the mixed bell peppers.

Assemble.

  • Pierce the beef and bell peppers into toothpicks or skewers.
  • Arrange them however you prefer. Place them on a plate and serve!

Video

Notes

  • If you don’t have skewers or toothpicks, serve it on a plate with sauteed bell peppers and drizzled sauce.
  • Consume up to 4 ounces of meat on a daily basis. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1 (of 30)Calories: 59kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 3gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 36mgPotassium: 70mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 0.4gVitamin A: 145IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 0.4mg
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