Bamboo skewers are fun to use when cooking. First used in Japan to cook eel, chicken and beef over an open flame, bamboo skewers gained popularity in the U.S. following World War II. Try your hand at Japanese-style cooking with bamboo skewers by using the following steps.
Select the easiest-to-use skewer available in your market. Find the flat, wider skewers for your first cooking experience. The wider skewers reduce the spinning of the meat or vegetables while on the skewers and they catch on fire less easily as well.
Soak bamboo skewers in water for 20 to 30 minutes prior to barbecuing, completely immersing the skewers in the water. Leave the smaller, thinner skewers in the water for 20 minutes, the larger skewers for 30 minutes. Weight them down with a pot or pan for maximum effect to make sure they stay immersed the entire time.