Marinades for the grill: 8 varieties for all types of meat

Hot summer days are coming and that in the kitchen only means one thing: barbecue. Lamb, beef, pork or chicken, no one can resist a barbecue with friends, as long as it is well done. To prepare a barbecue worthy of the name it is important to pay attention to the marinade, the emulsion with which the ingredients are flavored for longer or shorter times before meeting the boiling grill.

All marinate self-respecting is formed by a acid part (lemon juice, vinegar, yogurt, wine or beer), a fatty part (preferably extra virgin olive oil) and a more or less varied component of spices: to these three elements, according to the tastes of the pieces of meat, you can then add any type of ingredient to create your very personal marinade.

What is the marinade for and why is it so important? Massaging and then letting the meat rest in the marinade allows the acidic substance to come into contact with the proteins and the fatty part (oil) of soften meats, scented finally spices: if this seems difficult to you, don’t worry, we are here to advise you best marinades for your barbecue, with proportions, rest times and some tips to avoid mistakes.

1. Classic marinade

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Let’s start with a great classic based on extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, a pinch of salt and a few strands of Rosemary: the marinade that everyone in life has tried, as simple as it works. To this base, you can add black peppercorns or garlic, or a glass of red wine, according to your taste. Massage the meat with the marinade and let it rest in a dish going in the refrigerator in the refrigerator: from 2 to 4 hours for White meat, chicken and pork, give him 4 to 6 hours if your barbecue is based on Red meat.

2. Light marinade

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Perfect for flavoring in particular the White meat like chicken and turkey, the light marinade, as the name suggests, gives an extra touch of flavor, without Nevertheless cover excessively the taste of meat. To prepare it you will need to emulsify: extra virgin olive oil (1/3), light beer (1/3), a tablespoon of lemon juice, a tablespoon of white vinegar, garlic, rosemary, pepper white, mustard (a teaspoon) and to finish a bay leaf. Weather marinate: 90 minutes.

3. Tandoori Marinade

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Let’s jump into the indian tradition and let ourselves be intoxicated by the unmistakable smell of Tandoori Marinade, ideal for white meats, an essential element of the famous tandoori chicken. If you are a spice lover you probably already know this, if you don’t know what we are talking about go for the simple plain yogurt, a mixture of spices called “tandoori masala” made from red chilli, cayenne pepper and turmeric: mix until the mixture is slightly creamy and use it to marinate your meat for at least 3 hours.

4. Mexican marinade

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If we think about intense tasting marinades and with a strong scent, one can not help but think of mexican fooda and in particular the carne asada, literally “grilled meat”. Before cooking the meat (preferably beef, in pieces weighing not less than a kilogram), the recipe requires a marinade of at least three hours in an emulsion based on extra virgin olive oil, vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, lime, black pepper, cumin, garlic, coriander and chopped green pepper. A simple marinade which will make the meat tender and incredibly tender fragrant.

5. Beer marinade

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This with beer it’s a very tasty marinade easy to prepare, perfect for any type of meat, especially chicken and beef. To prepare the beer marinade you need half a liter of red or dark beer, three tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, the juice of 1/2 lemon, a finely chopped onion, bay leaf, rosemary, salt and pepper. you will have one Meat particularly juicy and tender to be enjoyed strictly with a mug of cold beer.

7. Marinade with Teriaky sauce

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Directly from the Japanese cuisine, an incredibly fragrant marinade, ideal for White meat – but also to flavor and sweeten pork or vegetables based on teriyaki sauce. Also ideal to accompany rice dishes or fish, Teriaky sauce is very easy to make, you just need to mix soy sauce, mirin (sweet sake) and sugar: it will be necessary to obtain a shiny consistency and, depending on the use you are going to make of it, more or less dense. If you like the strong flavors, this marinade is made for you.

8. Mustard and brandy marinade

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Ideal for grilling decided, the marinade made from mustard and brandy is a flavorful and flavorful alcoholic variant, perfect for steaks And short ribs. Extra virgin olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, equal parts brandy and mustard, a tablespoon of brown sugar, rosemary, sage and thyme: a few simple and perfectly balanced ingredients that make this marinade truly special. Time? Two hours and stop with the grill.