When it comes to barbecue food, it’s one area where we are firmly divided. Some of us are meat purists, loving nothing more than a naked steak chargrilled over coals. Others like to tinker with tastes by using marinades and different barbecue cooking styles, like smoking. If you’re feeling adventurous, marinades can add an element of fun to a barbecue and they’re easy too. Just whizz together the ingredients and spread over your barbecue food, leaving to infuse for at least 24 hours.
We’ve put together three of the best marinade and drink combinations ready for when you host your next barbecue.
1. Spiced Jerk Barbecue Marinade
Jerk is one of the barbecue classics, and it works particularly well with chicken or ribs. The beauty of hosting a barbecue is that you can make your own marinades and can turn up the heat as much you like!
2 x scotch Bonnet chilies chopped, 4 x spring onions chopped, 4 x cloves of crushed garlic, 1 x thumb-sized amount of crushed ginger, 1 x teaspoon of dried thyme, 1 x teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1 x teaspoon of ground clove, 1 x teaspoon of all spice, 3 x tablespoons of dark brown sugar, 4 x tablespoons of ground nut oil and 1/2 x a cup of water.
2. Balsamic BBQ marinade
This Balsamic Marinade is the business, particularly lathered over a prime cut steak and done over the coals. It also works well with other red meats, like pork and venison.
3 x teaspoons of Olive Oil, 3 x teaspoons of dark Balsamic Vinegar, 3 x teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce, 3 x teaspoons of soy sauce, 2 x teaspoons of Dijon Mustard, 4 x cloves of crushed garlic and 1 x pinch of salt and pepper.
3. Smoky Fish BBQ Marinade
Cooking fish like salmon or gambas on the barbecue can give them a whole new dimension. Lather on a barbecue marinade like this smoky fish marinade and your guests will keep coming back for more.
3 x tablespoons of Olive Oil, 4 x cloves of crushed garlic, 2 x tablespoons of smoked paprika, 2 x big pinches of dried chipotle chili flakes, 2 x tablespoons of soft brown sugar, 3 x tablespoons of golden syrup, 1 x tablespoon of white wine vinegar and 1 x tablespoon of barbecue sauce. (We like the Unholy BBQ Sauce by Red’s True Barbecue)