Where To Get Long Stainless Steel Barbecue Skewers BBQ

By | March 20, 2016

Where to buy long stainless steel barbecue skewers? Finding good quality long barbecue skewers  in the UK can be a drag. But you are in the right place to find out more.

BBQ skewers are a sector of the market that cheap Chinese manufacturers and ‘pile em high, sell em cheap’ eBay and Amazon merchants have been all over for some time.

Finding the good stuff at the right price among all the cheap rubbish out there can be hard.

If you want long stainless steel barbecue skewers, you want stainless steel. Catering-grade stainless steel, actually.

Forget all the cheap and nasty mild steel (it rusts), rhodium coated, chrome coated and anything else coated (designed to inhibit rust but eventually flakes off – in your food). You want stainless steel skewers, and only stainless steel.

Now as to what type.

The most abundant are the ones like a stick skewer. They look something like this.

where to buy long stainless steel barbecue skewers.

I call these ‘knitting needle skewers’.

The problem with knitting needle skewers is when you try to turn them, the meat stays in the same place and the skewer turns. These, therefore, are next to useless. Avoid them.

The type you want is blade skewers. But not any old blade skewer.

These are typical blade skewers.

blade skewers

The problem with wooden-handled ones is fourfold. First, where the metal joins the wood they are a germ trap, and second, the fitting between the wood and the metal degrades over time and becomes loose. Thirdly, you must wash them by hand taking care not to damage the varnished wood. Lastly, there are only two positions for the skewer – this side or that side. What if you want to cook a little on the sides and turn them halfway? You can’t. These are not for serious use.

You need a blade skewer with a twist near the end so they can be located in any position around 360 degrees, like this.

Long blade skewers

However, you now have two other considerations: Thickness of metal and length.

Because factories in China that churn this stuff out are looking to sell to bulk online sellers cheaply, they need to use less metal and make shorter skewers to keep the price down. That means short, thin skewers.

If you seek out long stainless steel skewers, they are out there.

where to buy long stainless steel barbecue skewers.

But as above, they are still thin – to save metal, weight, and shipping costs. This stuff is manufactured to keep prices low in what is a competitive area. Most sales are online where you can’t feel the quality. And that usually means low quality.

The problem with thin skewers is when you fill them up with meat and put them over the barbecue, they sag in the middle so what is in the middle burns, and what is each end is undercooked.

You need thick skewers. With a thick skewer, the skewer heats up and assists in cooking by transmitting heat down the length thus cooking from within as well. This reduces cooking times and makes for juicier meat.

Length is another consideration. What one person calls long another might call medium (ask any woman!).

So how long do you need?

Think of it this way, if they are longer than you need, they are future-proof (when you buy a bigger barbie). If they are longer than you need, you can just use enough of the blade that you need, so go long. I recommend 70cm (27″) overall length. Remember, you don’t get to use all of that as some of it is taken up by the twists.

In the UK, many of us use the larger fifty-odd centimetres across Weber barbecues. You need a long skewer to get across one of those like this.

Long BBQ skewers

Yes, you want to cook above the grill, with the skewer on the edges. Using skewers this way allows you to better control the cooking of the meat, and keep them further from the heat source, and off the hot grill they might otherwise stick to.

So let’s recap what you really need when buying skewers:

  • Long enough – say 70cms.
  • Thick enough – say 3mm.
  • Twist near the handle for partial turning.
  • Stainless steel only.
  • Preferably not cheap Chinese ones.

So where to look?

You look to where cooking with skewers this way is commonplace: Russia, Scandinavia, and eastern Europe.

Look how these guys in Russia cook with skewers.

where to buy long stainless steel barbecue skewers.

Russian barbecue skewers

Ukrainian barbecue skewers

Those guys know how to barbecue meat! The stuff we get in the UK is just for amateurs and very over-priced compared to what is available out there.

Stuff made in Russia isn’t what Jeremy Clarkson once said it is: “Made badly by someone who is drunk”. Jezza was being tongue-in-cheek there, but think about it. China makes every little bit of plastic rubbish you ever had that probably broke.

Russia makes guns, missiles, planes, rocket engines and other manly stuff from metal. Making proper barbecue skewers does not present too much difficulty for them. Russians want to buy skewers that will last a lifetime. And now so can you.

So how about some Russian skewers that tick all the boxes, but are shipped from the UK so no dodgy Ivans to deal with?

Like these for example.

Where to buy long stainless steel barbecue skewers.

Where to buy long stainless steel barbecue skewers.

Where to buy long stainless steel Russian barbecue skewers.

Where to buy long stainless steel Russian barbecue skewers.

So your food will look like this.

Chicken shashlik skewers

70 cm (55cm blade length), 1cm wide, 3mm thick, twists in the right place, no silly wooden handles, and made from catering-grade stainless steel.

The exact type of long stainless steel barbecue skewers that shashlik restaurants across Russia, Ukraine the Baltics, Sweden, and Norway use.

Yes, just the ticket! thumbs

Where to buy?

If you want UK Amazon, they are >>here<<.

If you want UK eBay, they are >>here<<.

If you want to pay a bit less and buy directly from the UK importer, go >>here<<.

In Russian: Шампура для шашлыка, набор из 4-х штук, длина лезвия 70см x 1cm x 3mm, в Англии

In Polish: Szpikulce do Grilla – Typ Dlugie Ostrze. 70cm x 1cm x 3mm. Wytrzymale. Szt. 4. Szaszlyk Kebab

In German: 4 St Grillspieße Schaschlikspieße Schampur Fleischwender 70 cm x 1 cm x 3 mm


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