5 Easy Barbeque Marinades to Try This Summer

Below are 5 easy barbeque marinades to try this summer.

But first, did you know that marinades originated in ancient civilizations? They were used as a means of preserving food by soaking it in liquids made from herbs, spices, and acidic substances.

The Babylonians and Persians were among the first to use marinades. In Asia, marinating food with spices, herbs, and yogurt was common.

Through trade and exploration, marinades spread to Europe, where new ingredients enriched the flavours.

Today, marinades are an essential part of global cuisines, adding depth and creativity to dishes worldwide.

From preserving food to enhancing flavours, marinades continue to be a popular culinary practice with diverse ingredients and cultural influences.

Cool, eh? Now let’s get on with the recipes.

Cuban Marinade

1 orange, juiced
1 red chili pepper, finely chopped
2 green onions, finely chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
zest of lime

Tandoori Marinade

100 ml yogurt
25g (5 tsps) fresh ginger, grated
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp olive oil

Tandoori Barbeque Marinades
Herby Barbeque Marinades

Herby Marinade

1 lemon, zest and juice
2 garlic cloves, crushed
3 sprigs of rosemary, finely chopped
5 tablespoons of olive oil.

Sticky Marinade

2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 red chili pepper, finely chopped
3 tsp of fresh parsley, finely chopped
3 tbsp raw honey
100ml of olive oil

Sticky Barbeque Marinades

Tropical Marinade

1.5 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
2 tsp grated ginger root
1.4 tsp finely chopped garlic
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
5 tbsp olive oil

Marinade Instructions

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Add your chosen meat, fish or veg. Leave to marinate through before grilling. Use suggested times. Each recipe makes four servings.

15 – 20 minutes: seafood and veggies.

1-3 hours: small portions of meat, such as diced chicken or steak for kebabs, etc.

6 – 12 hours: large joints of meat, whole chickens, etc.


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Three Reasons To Use Barbeque Marinades

Using barbeque marinades can enhance the flavour, tenderness, and overall appeal of your grilled dishes. Here are three great reasons to use marinades:

Flavour Enhancement: Marinades are a fantastic way to infuse your meats, vegetables, or tofu with a burst of flavour. The combination of herbs, spices, oils, acids (like citrus juice or vinegar), and other seasonings in the marinade deeply penetrates the surface of the food, resulting in a richer and more complex taste profile. Whether you prefer tangy, spicy, sweet, or savoury flavours, a well-crafted marinade can take your barbecued dishes to a whole new level of deliciousness.

Tenderness and Moisture: Marinades not only add flavor but also serve as a natural tenderizer for tougher cuts of meat. The acidic components in the marinade help break down the muscle fibers, making the meat more tender and easier to chew. Additionally, the oils in the marinade can help retain moisture in the food during the grilling process, preventing it from drying out and resulting in juicy and succulent barbecued dishes.

Versatility and Customization: Marinades offer incredible versatility, allowing you to experiment with a wide range of ingredients and flavours. You can create various marinades to suit different types of meat or vegetables, adapting them to your personal preferences or cultural tastes. From Asian-inspired soy and ginger marinades to zesty citrus-based options or smoky barbecue blends, the possibilities are endless. This versatility lets you tailor the flavour profile of your barbecued dishes to suit any occasion or culinary exploration.

Why You Should Not Over-Marinate

Remember to marinate your food for an appropriate amount of time indicated above. The duration will vary depending on the type and size of the food. Be cautious not to over-marinate delicate ingredients, as the acidity in the marinade may start to “cook” the food, altering its texture. Always follow food safety guidelines, especially when using raw meat, by marinating in the refrigerator and discarding any leftover marinade that has come into contact with raw meat.

Using marinades can elevate your barbequing experience, turning your grilled dishes into crowd-pleasing, mouthwatering delights!

If you use any of these barbeque marinades, I would love to know if you enjoyed them or made any modifications. Please post your comments below.

Happy BBQ’ing!


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