A good marinade can bring the taste of any cooked meat to the next level, making meats tender, juicy and flavoursome. As any good salad would feel incomplete without any sort of dressing, a marinade is the combination of herbs, spices, sauces and seasons that helps complete the dish, and can be the point of difference in a dish to create a specific style of cuisine. Different cuts of meats have different rules, and below you’ll find overviews of five of the best marinade options, including how to go about making them.
1.Hoisin Marinade for Pork
If you are someone who loves the subtle flavours of Asian cuisine, a hoisin marinade will lather your pork in well-balanced sweet and zesty goodness. This is also the ideal Chinese Barbeque sauce, as it’s not too overpowering or overly concentrated. Just add:
• ½ Cup hoisin sauce
• 2 finely chopped garlic cloves
• 2.5 cm piece of ginger (grated)
• 2 tbsp of soy sauce
• 2 tbsp honey
Stir through ingredients thoroughly, then evenly coat meat in marinade and chill in fridge for 15 minutes.
2.Greek Style Lamb Marinade
While this marinade can go with any meat, it works best to create a flavoursome Greek style lamb dish, which will go perfectly with a side of tzatziki sauce and Greek salad. Just add:
• 1/3 cup of lemon juice
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 2 tsp dried oregano
• 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
• 1 clove of crushed garlic
Whisk together and lather meat evenly on each side in the marinade. Leave in fridge for at least two hours and longer for larger cuts of lamb, before grilling.
3. Cajun Spiced Chicken Marinade
For a finger licking finish with a bit of kick, this Cajun marinade will have lips smacking and ensure chicken breast fillets stay juicy without drying out when cooked. You will need:
• ½ cup of olive oil
• ¼ cup of vinegar
• 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
• 2 tsp paprika
• 1 tsp thyme leaves
• 1 tsp chopped oregano
• 3 minced garlic cloves
• 1 tsp black pepper
Blend together and add into resealable zip lock bag and chicken fillets. Chill for 1-2 hours while turning occasionally.
4. Classic Steak Marinade
This is a classic marinade that be whipped up by using what you’ve likely got in your pantry and only takes 5 minutes. Just add:
• ¼ cup olive oil
• ¼ balsamic vinegar
• ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
• ¼ soy sauce
• 2 tsp Dijon mustard
• 2 tsp minced garlic
• Salt and pepper to season
Mix together in small bowl and leave steak in marinade for about two hours to achieve a classic rich, barbequed flavour.
5. Smoky Barbeque Pork Marinade
For southern style pork ribs, a rich coated marinade is an absolute must. Just use:
• ¾ cup Barbeque Sauce
• ½ cup Tomato Sauce
• ½ cup Apple Cider vinegar
• 1/3 cup brown sugar
• 2 crushed garlic cloves
• 1 long red chilli chopped finely
• 2 tsp paprika.
Combine above ingredients in a shallow bowl and turn to coat pork ribs evenly. Leave for at least six hours so the barbeque taste is infused into the meat.
Before you next throw your bare beef or plain pork on your new barbeque courtesy of a specialist supplier like barbequesgalore.com.au , consider lathering it in one of the above dressings. Making your own is easy and any cut of meat that can be barbequed is perfectly suited, and will be enhanced with a good marinade.
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