BBQ Marinades - Adding Flavor to Your Barbecue Meal
BBQ marinades are perfect for infusing more
flavor and tenderness into meat, especially the tougher cuts of meat that may need
a little extra help. Marinades are liquids combined with oils, herbs and seasonings.
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- Trim meat and remove skin prior to marinating. This will allow the
flavors of the marinade to absorb into the meat more thoroughly.
- Seal and marinate. Using a large ziplock bag, simply put your meat
in the bag along with marinade. Turn a few times to coat, then leave it in the
fridge. Make sure you put the bag in another container just in case it leaks.
About halfway through the marinating time, you can turn the bag to the other
side to help it marinate more evenly.
- Marinating times vary depending on the meat. Tough cuts of meat
need longer marinating times than tender cuts. Tougher cuts of beef can be
marinated for several hours or even overnight. Chicken can be marinated for
a couple of hours (too long and it'll start to fall apart). Fish barely
needs any time at all, usually 15-20 minutes is sufficient (don't
'over-marinate' fish - it will make it mushy).
- Always marinate in the refrigerator. This is the safest way to
prevent harmful bacteria from accumulating.
Reserve some marinade for basting and sauces. If you would like to
baste the meat while it's on the barbecue ... or if you want to reduce the
marinade into a sauce... then put some marinade aside for this purpose
before you combine it with the meat. Do not baste or make sauces
with the marinade in which the meat has been soaking.
- Baste with sweet marinades near the end of the cooking cycle.
Marinades with sugar in them burn easily on the barbeque. If you want to
baste your meat for extra flavor, wait until you've turned it for the last
time and then baste the meat on top to create a nice glaze.
- Don't add extra marinade within the last 5 minutes of cooking.
Marinades also need to be safely cooked before consuming.
- Discard any leftover marinade. Don't try to re-use it for
another dish or another day.
Recipes - BBQ Marinades
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as well as
some of our favorite barbecue recipes
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in an outdoor kamado-style cooker called The Big Green Egg
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