It’s time to break out the grill and get ready for a season of great backyard meals. Say goodbye to dry, flavorless meat with these six simple marinades that will see you through the entire summer. Marinating your meat before grilling allows it to absorb rich flavors and retain moisture, which gives you robust flavors and juicy meat every time. Try them all for a summer your taste buds will remember forever!
HINT: The magic minimum marinating time is 30 minutes, but 3-4 hours is even better.
HINT: To speed the process of infusing the flavors into your meats or veggies, place everything in a plastic bag and squeeze out all of the air before sealing.
HINT: Use a food processor or blender to fully emulsify your marinade. This will allow all the ingredients to evenly flavor the meat.
Italian Dressing Marinade
Straight from a bottle or made from a dry mix, Italian salad dressing is an excellent marinade, especially when you are in a pinch for time. Try it with chicken, fish and vegetables for a tangy, flavorful bite.
Balsamic Herb Marinade
Mix 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar, 1/4 cup oil, 2 minced garlic cloves, 2 tablespoons basil, 2 tablespoons oregano, 1 teaspoon marjoram, 2 teaspoons salt and two teaspoons pepper. Works great with chicken, beef, pork, and vegetables.
Mango Jalapeño Marinade
Blend 1 very ripe mango with 2 tablespoons lime juice, 1/4 cup oil, 1 shallot, 1 small jalapeño pepper (use or discard seeds, depending on your preferred spice level), 1 tablespoon honey and 2 teaspoons of salt and pepper.
Caribbean Jerk Marinade
Mix 1 small onion (chopped), 1 chili or jalapeño pepper (use or discard seeds depending on your preferred spice level), 3 tablespoons soy sauce, 3 tablespoons oil, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 2 teaspoons thyme, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, and 2 teaspoons of salt and pepper.
Your simple, full-fat jar of mayonnaise is perfect for marinating chicken that you want to use in salads or sandwiches. Generously coat the chicken with mayonnaise and allow to sit for 30-60 minutes before grilling. Add a little bit of salt and pepper while grilling and you’ll have juicy meat every time.
Classic BBQ Marinade
Mix 1 1/2 cups steak sauce with 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1/3 cup Italian salad dressing, 1/3 cup honey, 1 minced garlic clove and 1 teaspoon of black pepper.