Steven Raichlen's Flying Fox Sates

Anyone who knows my husband knows he loves to grill. Much of his inspiration comes from watching the master, Steven Raichlen, on shows like Barbeque University and Primal Grill. He has quite a collection of Steven's products, including books like The Barbeque! Bible, several rubs, and grill accessories.

 This is Brad, happily grilling.

For July 4th, we decided to stay home and do some grilling. I had a taste for some sort of sweet steak, and we decided on making Steven's Flying Fox Sates, from The Barbeque! Bible.

Grab your ingredients:

12 ounces ground beef chuck or sirloin (Edit: Brad used beef chuck he cut into strips, but he did say these were a bit fattier than he'd prefer, so he may try something else next time).
5 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons palm sugar or light brown sugar (we used the light brown sugar), or more to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

You'll also need some bamboo skewers and aluminum foil (for a shield for the skewers as they cook)

Combine the beef, garlic, sugar, salt & pepper into a large bowl, then knead and squeeze the mixture with your hands until thoroughly blended, 3 to 4 minutes. Line a baking sheet with plastic wrap. Divide the meat into 16 portions. Lightly wet your hands with cold water, then mold each portion around a skewer, in the shape of a strip about 5 inches long and 1/2 inch wide, and about 1/8 inch thick (though ours were thicker). You can pinch the meat between your thumb and forefinger to flatten them. As they are made, place the sates on the prepared baking sheet, then cover them loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

Set up the grill for direct grilling and preheat to high. When ready to cook, brush and oil the grill grate. Arrange the sates on the hot grate with the aluminum foil shield under the skewers.

Grill and turn with tongs until nicely browned on both sides and cooked through. They should take 1-2 minutes per side.

These were DELICIOUS. We ate them with grilled corn on the cob and it was such a yummy meal. :)


  1. Ok, I am very confused as to how you got ground beef to stay on a skewer! But the pictures look like its more like strips, than ground?

    Either way, they look SO good and I want some!

    1. Didn't even notice this, the recipe calls for ground beef chuck or sirloin, I think brad bought beef chuck in strips. But recipe says to mold them around the skewers so I guess it works?

      I just copied down the recipe into the post without even noticing that it said ground. Guess we didn't follow it exactly!

  2. Oh weird! I feel like the ground meat would be kinda... gross? Like a meatball corndog. Haha However, yours looks amazing to me!

    1. These were so delicious I bet they'd still taste good! Gonna edit my post to specify what Brad used (beef chuck he cut into strips).

  3. They look delicious! Will have to give this recipe a try!

  4. This post makes me hungry ! They look delicious. I make a Moroccan lamb and mint ground beef and you do mold it then put it in the fridge to set the shape then grill them... So good with a cucumber or mint yogurt dressing.