Tuesday, June 23, 2015

My Favorite Grilling Marinade

This post is more of a technique than a specific recipe.  I have never measured the ingredients for this marinade and it still comes out delicious and perfect every single time.  The specific quantities are completely up to your taste and I can only tell you approximately the ratio of ingredients that I use in proportion to each other.  Our favorite foods to marinate in this recipe are beef sirloin strips or chicken tenders, but you could use it for anything you like.  It would be delicious on grilled veggies like zucchini or asparagus!  The soy and Worcestershire sauces give the marinade really great savory, salty flavor, while the honey or brown sugar adds a tiny hint of sweetness and creates delicious bits of caramelization.  The spices can be changed to suit your tastes, adding more or less of what ever you specifically like.  This particular night I served our steak strips with crash hot potatoes and some cherry tomatoes.  I have decided not to share the recipe for the potatoes because the recipe that I used was a huge flop for me.  However, I think if they were made properly, they would be a great compliment to the grilled meat, so if you are interested just google them and hopefully the recipe you try turns out better than mine.  Other side options that we often enjoy with this are rice pilaf, pasta salad, or a big green salad.  I hope you give this marinade a try during this grilling season and that you enjoy it as much as we do!

My Favorite Grilling Marinade

4 parts soy sauce
2 parts any flavorless oil
1 part honey or brown sugar
several dashes Worcestershire sauce
several small shakes of garlic and onion powder
salt and pepper, to taste
pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)

This recipe is a very general guide as to how I measure for this marinade.  You can use this marinade for anything - beef, chicken, pork, veggies, just adjust the measurements up or down, in proportion, depending on how much you are marinating.  Place the food you are marinating in a large zip top baggie and add the marinade ingredients right in.  Seal the bag, smoosh everything around to combine, and refrigerate until ready to cook.  Beef can be marinated overnight but anything else should probably only be marinated for a maximum of four hours.  Be sure to marinate for at least 30 minutes before cooking.  Grill the marinated food to your liking!


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