6 Delicious Meat Marinades For Your Summer Time Grill

Previously we had discussed how to grill the perfect steak. All those tips apply if you’re using quality cuts. But what about the more affordable cuts, the cuts of meat that you’re more likely to eat on a day to day basis?

Yi Jeong marinating steak in mustard

Photo: Yun Huang Yong on Flickr

This is where marinades are useful. But what makes up a good marinade?

  1. An acid – To break down the tough tissues of the meat making it tender
  2. A fat – To keep the food moist during the marinating process.
  3. Herbs, spices and seasonings – To give the steak flavor. Different combinations of herbs and spices produce very different results and you can experiment to find what you like best.

Here are a few of our favorite marinade combinations. Mix the ingredients together to taste (use more or less of each ingredient depending on your preference) and pour over your favorite cut. You can even try this on different meats like pork or chicken.

Marinate for at least two hours or overnight for maximum flavor. You can even prepare the meats in their marinades and freeze until you are ready to use them.  This makes for an easy weeknight dinner when you don’t have to wait for the flavor to infuse into your meat.

Remember! Don’t reuse your marinades.


Simple Steak Marinade

 • Seasoning salt
 • Sugar
 • Garlic powder
 • Soy sauce
 • Grapeseed oil

Spicy Balsamic Rosemary Marinade

 • Balsamic vinegar
 • Brown sugar
 • Garlic
 • Chili flakes
 • Rosemary

Aleppo Pepper Marinade

 • Aleppo pepper
 • Cumin
 • Brown sugar
 • Black pepper
 • Green peppercorns
 • Pink peppercorns
 • Garlic
 • Red wine vinegar


Korean Marinade

• Soy Sauce
• Ginger
• Garlic
• Sugar
• Sesame Oil
• Asian Pear

Dijon Worcestershire Marinade

• Dijon mustard
• Garlic, minced
• Black pepper, to taste
• Worcestershire sauce
• Onion puree

Spicy Lime and Cilantro Marinade

• Chili powder
• Chili flakes
• Tequila
• Lime juice
• Onion puree
• Garlic
• Cumin
• Coriander
• Cilantro
Black pepper

 What are some of your favorite marinade combinations?

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