Bob’s Kabobs


For the Spice Blend:

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons Aleppo chile flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground sumac (optional)

For the Kabobs:

  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 8 bamboo skewers

For the Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water, or as needed



  1. Combine cumin, coriander, Aleppo chile flakes, salt, cayenne, and cinnamon in a small bowl and mix well to combine. Use your spoon to push off about 1/3 of the spice blend to the side.
  2. Place ground lamb in a mixing bowl and add 2/3 of the spice blend along with 2 tablespoons cold water. Mix with by hand until thoroughly combined. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. While meat is chilling, place bamboo skewers in water to soak for 1 hour.
  4. Remove meat from the refrigerator and roll into 8 equal-sized meatballs using slightly damp hands. Skewer each meatball through the center and shape into an oval, about 3 inches long. Use your fingers to taper each end of the kabob down to a point where it meets the skewer. Place on a plate and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes, or until ready to grill.
  5. Whisk Greek yogurt, garlic, parsley, lemon juice, and 1/4 cup water together in a bowl until smooth and combined. Refrigerate until serving.
  6. Stir sumac into the remaining 1/3 spice blend. Remove kabobs from the refrigerator and sprinkle spices on top.
  7. Preheat an outdoor charcoal grill to medium-high heat.
  8. Grill kabobs over charcoal, turning occasionally, until browned and firm, 10 to 12 minutes total. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of a kabob should read at least 135 degrees F (57 degrees C). Serve with yogurt sauce.

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