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Sugar Grilled Beef and Asparagus Kebabs

Sugar Grilled Beef and Asparagus Kebabs are extra delicious with sweet and salty steak bites and fresh spring asparagus. This is always a hit at our backyard gatherings!

Sugar Grilled Beef and Asparagus Kebabs on parchment paper

Grilling season has ramped up around here, where you’ll find us grilling almost daily. I love what that big open flame under searing hot grates does for the flavor and aroma of a meal. There is no better way to eat all summer long!

These Sugar Grilled Beef and Asparagus Kebabs are extra delicious with sweet and salty steak bites and fresh spring asparagus. You’ll want to include these kebabs on your menu every weekend, all summer long. So good!!

Here’s another grilling recipe that incorporates the goodness of fresh seasonal produce: Farmers Market Grilled Flatbread Pizza. We LOVE it!!

* This is a sponsored post, created in partnership with Michigan Asparagus.

grilled beef and asparagus kebabs

The asparagus you see on these sugar grilled beef and asparagus kebabs came straight from the fields of Oceana County, Michigan, along the shores of Lake Michigan.

People consider this region of Michigan to be the asparagus capital of the world. It offers great weather conditions and a sandy loam soil mix that allows asparagus to flourish.

fresh asparagus in the field

I recently traveled to this area to visit with Michigan Asparagus and take in their spring asparagus harvest. It was so very interesting!

man in an asparagus field

Meet John, the Executive Director of Michigan Asparagus, and all-around asparagus authority. If you have a question about this beautiful vegetable, this is your guy. He fully lives and breathes asparagus.

In this photo John is standing beside trenches of soil waiting to be planted with asparagus crowns. I takes about four years for an asparagus field to mature. The field will continue to produce asparagus for up to fifteen years before needing to be replanted. John said that mature roots can sometimes reach lengths of 25 feet!

asparagus picking machine

John showed us how to pick asparagus with a single-person machine.

All Michigan asparagus is hand-snapped. That means they harvest all asparagus by hand, breaking it off at the ground rather than cutting it. This creates a natural break in the stem, giving consumers more usable asparagus and less fibrous ends.

asparagus field

The Michigan asparagus harvest runs from early/mid May to late June. New asparagus spears emerge every day, and under ideal conditions may grown 1/2″ per hour. Asparagus grows so fast that fields are sometimes harvested twice a day. Isn’t that crazy?!

man in a field

About 120 farm families grow the fresh asparagus that Michigan is famous for.

We met with Dwight and Melissa Fuehring of Fuehring Farms, 4th generation asparagus farmers. When their spring asparagus harvest is wrapped up, they move on to their tart cherry orchards during the summer, and then to their Christmas trees and greenery in the winter.

Spring asparagus harvest

This machine allows much more work to get done, with five people harvesting at the same time.

fresh picked asparagus

Just look at all those perfectly snapped spears of fresh asparagus!

boxes of asparagus

I also was able to see how fresh asparagus is packed and shipped at Todd Greiner Farms, with Todd and Sarah Greiner.

The Greiners also keep extra busy outside of asparagus season, farming asparagus, zucchini, sweet corn, field corn, sweet and tart cherries, hard squash, peaches, apples, plums, ornamental gourds, pumpkins, and Christmas evergreens.

todd greiner farm

It’s always a learning experience to get out in the field and see how fresh food gets from the farm to our tables.

silver lake, michigan

The finale to my short time in Michigan was an afternoon at Silver Lake, a body of water separated from Lake Michigan by the sand dunes you see in the distance. We were at the home of Gina Ferwerda of Nom News. This photo was taken from her deck – not a bad view to wake up to and go to bed with each day!

woman holding a pizza

Gina was the perfect hostess for the day, as she comes from a family of asparagus farmers and is so very proud of her area’s contribution to fresh asparagus on our tables. At her home, Gina showed us how to make a fresh asparagus pizza crust and a scrumptious asparagus guacamole.

a fork with steak and asparagus

Beef and asparagus recipes

Both Gina and I agreed that the #1 way we like to eat asparagus is with beef. And I know you’ll agree that these sugar grilled beef and asparagus kebabs are a beautiful way to enjoy this combination.

My family loves this easy flavor twist on grilled steak. Overall, the seasoning is sweet, but there’s also a great saltiness from Lawry’s seasoning. I grew up on that seasoned salt. You just can’t go wrong in using it to flavor grilled steak and skillet fried potatoes!

Sugar Grilled Steak Kabobs with Asparagus

Yield: 6 servings
prep time: 35 minutes
cook time: 5 minutes
total time: 40 minutes
These Sugar Grilled Steak Kabobs are extra delicious with sweet and salty steak bites and fresh spring asparagus. It's always a hit at our backyard gatherings!
4.5 Stars (17 Reviews)


  • 1 pound fresh Michigan Asparagus spears, medium to large in diameter, cut into 1¼" lengths
  • 1 large sweet yellow onion (such as Vidalia), cut into 1¼" pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • pounds beef steak, cut into 1¼" pieces (We like to use ribeye. New York strip, top sirloin, and chuck eye steak are also good.)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Lawry's Seasoned Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Morton kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, divided


  • In a medium bowl, drizzle one tablespoon of the olive oil over the asparagus and onion pieces. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Fold to evenly combine.
  • In a medium bowl, drizzle remaining tablespoon of olive oil over the beef pieces. Fold to coat.
  • In a small bowl, combine sugar, Lawry's, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle half of the sugar mixture over the beef. Fold beef to coat. Sprinkle remaining sugar mixture over the beef and fold again.
  • Add beef, onion, and asparagus pieces to skewers, alternating pieces. Place assembled kabobs on a large rimmed jelly roll pan for easy transport to the grill. These can be assembled a few hours prior to grilling – just cover and refrigerate, and remove from refrigerator 30 minutes prior to grilling.
  • Heat grill to high heat, about 500°F. Scrub the grates clean and then oil well (see Notes). 
  • Place kabobs on hot grill grates and cook for about 1½ minutes on first side, until you see good char marks. Using a tongs, flip kabobs over and cook for another 1½ minutes or so. This will give you medium-rare steak, although total cook time will depend on actual grill temperature and size of beef pieces.
  • Remove kabobs to a serving platter and let rest for 5 minutes. Enjoy hot.


If using wooden skewers: Be sure to soak them in water for 1-2 hours prior to assembling kabobs.
To blanche asparagus: If you like your asparagus cooked more, or if you have thinner asparagus (more prone to splitting when adding to skewers), you might want to par-cook the asparagus spears before cutting them into smaller pieces for the skewers. This is how to do it: Prepare an ice bath in a medium bowl by filling partway with ice and then adding cold water; set aside. Fill a large skillet half-way with water and bring to a boil on the stovetop. Add asparagus spears and turn heat down a bit so the water is at a low boil. Boil for 2 minutes, until asparagus is softened yet still firm. Remove asparagus immediately to the ice bath, to stop cooking the asparagus. Once asparagus is thoroughly chilled, transfer it to a colander to drain.
To oil the grill grates: Add some vegetable oil to a small bowl. Then fold a heavy paper towel a few times to make a smaller square. With a tongs, grasp the folded paper towel and dip it into the oil until the paper towel is drenched. Then run the paper towel over the clean grates, repeating until all grill grates are thoroughly oiled.

Nutrition Information:

Serving: 1 Calories: 575kcal Carbohydrates: 14g Protein: 48g Fat: 36g Saturated Fat: 13g Polyunsaturated Fat: 19g Cholesterol: 148mg Sodium: 1831mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 10g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Spoonacular. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee accuracy. If your health depends on nutrition information, please calculate again with your own favorite calculator.
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Sugar Grilled Beef and Asparagus Kebabs


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40 comments on “Sugar Grilled Beef and Asparagus Kebabs”

  1. Raw Wyshynski

    These are soooo good!  Everyone loved them. Sweet salty deliciousness but  not over
    Ly so.  This ones a keeper!

  2. Just wanted to say my husband and 10 year old son made this for dinner tonight and it was seriously so yummy! The whole family loved it – especially the asparagus. Thank you!