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The BlueSmoke Gazette--Marinades and Marinating
May 01, 2009

What's The Deal With Marinating?

It's May 1st. Yesterday I mowed my lawn for the first time this year, and I waited way too long. Parts of my yard were little wildlife preserves, with grass (or I should say weeds) almost one foot tall. That seems to happen every Spring...I just hate to get out there and mow the lawn for the first time, because I know that after that, I'm committed. I'll be mowing every week or two for months. Too bad my yard isn't a herb patch. I could use the clippings in my marinades.

And speaking of marinades... Do you ever marinate meats before plopping them into the smoker or on the grill? If not, you should give it a try sometimes. Marinades add flavor, make meat more moist (say that real fast three times!), and might just tenderize a little.

Making a marinade is similar to making a salad dressing or a vinaigrette. The water-based liquids and seasonings are mixed together, then oil is whisked in, creating an emulsion. In an emulsion the oil and the water-based liquids (vinegar, wine, beer, soy sauce, etc.), which don't normally mix, are forcefully blended together. Otherwise, the oil would be floating on top, which wouldn't make for very effective marinating.

The BBQ Book

Marinating For Fun and Flavor

Making BBQ Marinades
How marinades work, how to make them, and how to use 'em effectively. Also general guidelines for how long to marinate meats, poultry and seafood.

BBQ Shrimp Marinade
Just about everyone likes shrimp, which are especially good when flavored in this lemon-herb marinade.

BBQ Chicken Marinade
Spicy with powdered chipotle peppers, this chicken marinade is great if you like things on the hot side.

Beef Tri Tip Marinades
A grilled or smoked tri tip roast is good eating. Try one, or try all three of the marinade recipes on this page.

Brisket Marinades
Here's a pair of brisket marinades for you. One is made with a base of good, German lager, whilst the other is citrusy, with the juice of lemons, lime and orange.

BBQ Steak Marinade
Blended fresh onion and garlic, along with other seasonings grace this marinade with flavor.

Marinade for London Broil
This one can be used with great success on flank steaks, top round and tri tip. Ingredients include fresh lemon juice and a couple of sauces I bet you have in the fridge right now!

Rich Grilled Steak Marinade
Your steaks will get loads of flavor and incredible richness when marinated in this buttery concoction.

Chardonnay Marinade for Salmon
Whether you're smoking or grilling salmon fillets, this interesting marinade adds fresh flavors to the table.

Side Dish Recipes

Lemony Dutch Oven Beans
This baked bean recipe is flavored up with the juice and zest of one lemon, which adds a bit of brightness to the flavor.

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
One of my favorites, these cook nicely in the barbecue grill.

Grilled Sesame Asparagus
Asparagus. Sesame. That's all I've got to say...

Grilled Stuffed Tomatoes
Not exactly finger food, these tomatoes are a great tasting, great looking side dish.

Yellow Squash Kabobs
Grilled skewers of squash, potato and onion make for an interesting "side dish on a stick".

Nekked Grilled Cob Corn
It's nekked, so it's gotta be good. If you're shy, there's also a recipe for dressed corn, grilled with the husk left on.

Smoky Baked Beans
Beans, beans the musical fruit,
The more you eat...
Here's another bake bean recipe with a tasty twist - they're smoked!

Other Stuff

Grilled Ginger Pineapple

Larry Burgers

Grilled Halibut Pasta

How Hot Is My Grill?

My Favorite Smoker Thermometer

Taylor Remote Thermometer

How to Brine Chicken

Maverick Laser Thermometer

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