Have you ever picked just the right cut of meat for your BBQ, only to have it turn out dry and tasteless? Marinating can make that problem a thing of the past. BBQ marinades are just what you need. By soaking in a marinade almost any meat will remain juicy and flavorful.
What exactly is a marinade?
A BBQ marinade is a mixture of ingredients that tenderize and deepen flavor while you wait. The main ingredient needs to be an acid such as wine, salt, alcohol, and even citrus juices. These make the meat fibers break down, resulting in increased tenderness. You also need to add an oil of your choice, this helps the flavor to penetrate deep into the meat. Spices and herbs round out the mix.
How do you marinate?
That’s the easy part. You will need your choice of meat, pricked with a fork to allow marinade to soak in, a shallow bowl with a lid, or a resealable bag big enough to hold the marinade and the meat. Put the meat in the container, then pour in the marinade. Seal, then let sit refrigerated for a few hours or even overnight. Now you are ready to cook however you choose. Remember to discard any remaining marinade.
A tasty BBQ marinade is:
- 1/2c oil (olive, salad)
- 1/4 c soy sauce
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp black pepper
Combine all ingredients, let sit for about one hour. Add prepared meat and refrigerate for 1-6 hours. Grill as usual. Enjoy !