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Super Quick Question-Pork and Chicken Together?

scuzzo Apr 23, 2008 04:11 PM

I want to marinade chicken and pork in the same marinade and cook at the same time on the grill to test my new spice mixture/marinade. Any reason not to marinade the two meats in the same bag?


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  1. vanillagorilla RE: scuzzo Apr 23, 2008 04:15 PM

    Well, the biggest reason not to would be cross contamination. Chicken needs to be cooked to 160 or so to kill the salmonella. Pork on the other hand (depending on the cut) would be dried out at this temperature.

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    1. re: vanillagorilla
      scuzzo RE: vanillagorilla Apr 23, 2008 04:19 PM

      So just the two in the same marinade would cause me to have to cook the pork to the higher temp???

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      dimsumgirl RE: scuzzo Apr 23, 2008 04:21 PM

      I would marinate them separately to avoid getting bacterial contamination. You might be okay cooking them and then mixing together. I have cooked chicken and cooked pork and put them together in the same dish. I don't recall mixing them together before they were cooked though.

      1. scuzzo RE: scuzzo Apr 23, 2008 04:32 PM

        Thanks for the quick feedback. I put them in separate bags just to be safe. I was hoping to save a tiny piece of the planet by using one bag.

        Still, any other feedback is welcome.

        I'm doing chicken pieces and country ribs on the grill, so I was going to cook each type of meat until properly done...

        You rock, for your quick response!

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          nemo RE: scuzzo Apr 23, 2008 04:53 PM

          Save two tiny pieces of the planet -- don't marinate in plastic bags at all. Use glass or ceramic bowls or dishes and cover with their own lids, if they come with ones (like Pyrex or Corning), or cover with wax paper and use rubber bands to keep in place. Use a narrow, deep container to maximize marinade-to-surface contact.

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            scuzzo RE: nemo Apr 23, 2008 05:22 PM

            Yes, BETTER. The old brain needs jogging...out of the old groove. I just never think about anything but the old zipperbag for marinating! Great words. At least I often wash and reuse plastic bags!

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              dimsumgirl RE: scuzzo Apr 24, 2008 04:06 PM

              If you can use a fairly flat oblong or rectangular dish, you will find that the marinade will work better. I like to use a plastic dish with a cover. Then I can just take that out to the girl with me and use the marinade as a mopping sauce for the meats as they cook.

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