Things are heating up outside and that means one thing — it’s grilling season! With summer just around the corner, our mouths are watering for juicy barbequed chicken, steak, and ribs. Up your grill game with these homemade marinades and rubs made from simple ingredients found in your kitchen pantry cabinet.
Chimichurri is a traditional South American sauce and marinade that pairs beautifully with all cuts of grilled steak. It features the bold and vibrant flavors of fresh garlic, cilantro, parsley, oregano, shallots, and chili or jalapeno peppers. To make this colorful marinade, click here for a delicious Chimichurri recipe from Bon Appetit.
This dry rub gets its intense flavor from a hefty dose of smoked paprika. To make it, you’ll need a few other seasonings from your spice rack, including onion powder, garlic powder, ground ginger, dry mustard, and salt. Sprinkle it on grilled corn, BBQ chicken, or pork. For the Smoky Rub recipe from Better Homes and Gardens, click here.
Did you know that the whisky in your bar cabinet can help to tenderize meat? This recipe for Honey-Glazed Baby Back Ribs uses a homemade marinade featuring honey, soy sauce, freshly grated ginger — and whiskey! Whip some up, add a few racks of baby back ribs, and let it soak in the refrigerator for 4 hours before grilling. For the complete recipe from Food and Wine, click here.
Herbes de Provence
A staple in french cooking, Herbes de Provence is a distinctive blend of dried summer herbs like thyme, marjoram, rosemary, tarragon, mint, lavender, and basil. To make this dry rub, you will need a spice grinder and an airtight container for storage. Click here for the recipe from The Spruce Eats. Use Herbes de Provence to season grilled chicken, fish and vegetables.
This tropical marinade is easy to make and perfect for summer grilling. Ingredients from your kitchen pantry cabinet include unsweetened pineapple juice, soy sauce, fresh ginger, brown sugar, and sesame oil. Use it to marinate bone-in pork chops or chicken. For the full recipe from Food Network, click here.
Lemon Pepper Rub
For grilled fish like salmon, you can’t beat a lemon pepper dry rub. Click here for an easy recipe from Rachael Ray in Season that features fresh lemon zest, coarsely ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, and other tantalizing flavors from your spice drawer.
Whether you mix up a marinade using whisky from your bar cabinet or a dry rub made with flavorful herbs and spices, you’re sure to become a seasoned Grill Master this summer!
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