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favorite MARINADE recipes for the grill

pamd Apr 23, 2007 12:22 PM

I love to grill throughout the summer, always looking for new marinades to alter the flavor of dinner. What are your favorite marinades/recipes for food on the grill? Chicken, fish, pork, etc..

my standard for chicken or pork (and veggies too) is a mixture of lemon (juice & zest), hot pepper flakes, garlic, parsley, dill, basil, S&P, EVOO

  1. El Puerco Apr 23, 2007 04:40 PM

    The official El Puerco marinade for pork is (more or less) equal parts of:
    Soy sauce
    Lemon juice
    Lime juice
    Vinegar (white, apple cider, red wine, or balsamic)
    sometimes a touch of Hoisin sauce
    for salts and acids

    Rubs are made up on the spot with brown sugar, pepper, garlic powder, cinnamon, sage, cumin, coriander, cardamom, paprika, or whatever is handy for savoury, sweet, and earthy tastes

    1. CarlieInLA Apr 23, 2007 03:38 PM

      This is my favorite skirt steak marinade, got it from Alton Brown, this is for 2 lbs and can be used for other steaks that are thin as well. You mix all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse for a minute then I usually put it in a plastic bag with the meat at least 3 hours before grilling. Its excellent!

      1/2 cup olive oil
      1/3 cup soy sauce
      4 scallions, sliced
      2 large cloves garlic minced
      1/4 cup lime juice
      1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
      1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
      3 tablespoons brown sugar

      1. LindaWhit Apr 23, 2007 03:34 PM

        This is a favorite for chicken. The yogurt and lime juice really work well together - it was found (I think) in an old Food & Wine, but doesn't seem to come up via Google.

        Yogurt, Lime, and Black Pepper Marinade

        1 cup plain nonfat yogurt
        4 medium scallions (white and green) -- finely chopped
        1/4 cup fresh lime juice
        2 Tbsp lime zest -- finely grated
        2 Tbsp safflower oil
        2 large garlic cloves -- minced
        1 Tbsp black pepper -- coarsely ground
        1/4 tsp salt
        1 tsp ground cumin -- OR coriander, chili powder, or curry powder (optional)

        Combine all ingredients in a nonreactive bowl. Use as a marinade for beef, chicken, or pork; or cover tightly and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

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        My Notes: This recipe has tang from the lime and a surprising amount of "heat" with the quantity of pepper; I've left the optional spices out and think it's terrific as-is!

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          dhedges53 Apr 23, 2007 03:28 PM

          Wow, these all sound great. I like simplicity. IFor chicken, I use italian salad dressing a cup of orange juice. A few garlic cloves (fewer than 90, LOL).

          1. macca Apr 23, 2007 03:24 PM

            This is really good on steak tips- although it sounds odd: mix equal parts ketchup, italian dressing and coca cola. Marinate and grill. I am gong to try it on chicken and shrimp. I even hate to tell people about it unless they have just had the tips from my grill. But, believe me, it is really good.

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              MIss G Apr 23, 2007 02:31 PM

              My all purpose (just because I usually have the ingredients on hand)
              Olive oil
              Black pepper, coarsely cracked
              1 orange, zested and juiced
              Worchester to taste
              3 large cloves garlic. smashed
              1/2 bunch parsely, roughly chopped/"bruised"

              that strained and salted is good for deglazing....

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                Val Apr 23, 2007 12:37 PM

                You might like this one from epicurious, I think it's my favorite chicken marinade recipe, flavors are top-notch. For the chili sauce, I usually just sub some canned chipotles & their sauce mixed with the lime juice and mayo....I've done the ancho-chili version which is good but for the work involved the flavor of the chipotles seemed much better:


                1. ggdinero Apr 23, 2007 12:27 PM

                  I love chimichurri both as a marinade and condiment! Awesome on all types of grilled meats.....

                  1/2 Cup Olive Oil
                  1/2 Cup Red Wine Vinegar
                  1/2 Cup Yellow Onion; finely minced
                  1 Tablespoon Garlic, finely minced
                  1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley; chopped
                  1 Tablespoon Dried Oregano
                  1/2 teaspoon dried red chili pepper (add more if you want some kick)
                  1 1/2 teaspoon salt
                  1 teaspoon ground black pepper
                  1/4 cup sweet red pepper; finely minced
                  1 teaspoon laurel or bay leaf flakes

                  Mix all of the ingredients well allow to rest for at least 2 hours. Best if prepared overnight.

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