Preparing Barbecue Marinades
Marinades are used to add flavor and to moisten or tenderize foods, particularly meat. Marinades can be either savory or sweet and are as varied as you want to make them: spicy, fruity, fragrant, or exotic. Most marinades don’t contain salt, which can draw out the juices from meat, so it’s better to add salt just before, or after cooking. The amount of marinade you will need depends on the amount of food. As a rough guide, about 150ml or 2/3 cup is enough for about 500g of food. Here are some barbecue marinades you can use while you are barbecuing.
Basic barbecue marinade: can be used for meat or fish, just mix 1 crushed garlic, sunflower oil, 3 tbsp dry sherry, 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 tbsp dark soy sauce and freshly ground pepper,
Red wine marinade: this is good with red meats and game, just mix 2/3 cup red wine, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp red wine vinegar, 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 dried bay leaves and freshly ground pepper.
- For a hot spicy flavor, mix together crushed chilies, chopped fresh rosemary and garlic with olive oil.
- To make the flavor plain just mix yogurt with Indian curry paste and add some chopped fresh coriander leaves. If you want you can alter the curry paste you use with the type you like most.
- To create a Mediterranean taste, combine olive oil, crushed garlic, and chopped fresh herbs.