Now that warmer weather has arrived many of you have probably put your grills to work.
I know we use ours several times a week, taking advantage of the fact that we can keep the heat outdoors while the house stays all nice and cool inside.
Grilled foods, in my opinion just taste better, you know? And they’re SO much healthier for you than fried. I’ll take a grilled, marinated chicken breast over a deep fried piece any day.
When I say the terms ‘marinades‘ and ‘rubs‘, do you know the difference? If not, now is definitely the time to educate yourself so you can cook up some tasty foods and reap the rewards as your family praises your new found mastered skills. hehee!
Below I’ve listed each definition (of marinades and spice rubs), as well as their uses and a few good recipes:
Soaking various cuts of meat in a marinade is a good method for adding flavor as well as helping to tenderize the meat. A proper marinade should contain an acidic ingredient such as vinegar or wine, oil such as olive oil, and seasonings such as herbs and spices.
Citrus fruit juices may be used in place of the vinegar or wine to provide the acidic ingredient that is necessary to soften the tissues of the meat. There are several important points to remember when using a marinade:
Reuse: A marinade should not be reused for any other purpose because of bacteria that may be present from having been in contact with the raw meat. The only way a marinade CAN be reused is to boil it thoroughly for use as a basting liquid or as part of a sauce for the meat.
MARINADE RECIPES ~ (refrigerate a minimum of 1 hour, flipping after 30 minutes)
Recipe #1: Combine: 1/2 cup Soy Sauce, 1/3 cup Vegetable Oil, 2 tbsp dark Brown Sugar, 1/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce, 4 garlic cloves (minced – about 4 tsp), 2 tbsp Chives (minced), 1 1/2 tsp ground Black Pepper, 2 tsp Balsamic Vinegar.
Recipe #2: Combine: ½ cup Red Wine Vinegar, 3 tbsp cooking Oil, 1 tbsp Mustard (preferably Dijon style), 3 Garlic cloves (minced), 1 tsp Italian Seasoning, ½ tsp course Black Pepper.
Recipe #2: Combine: ¾ cup cooking Oil, 2 cups Beer, 2 Garlic cloves (minced), 3 tbsp Lemon juice, 1 tbsp Salt, 2 tbsp Sugar.
Recipe #1: Combine: ¼ cup cooking Oil, ¾ cup dry White Wine, 1 clove (minced) Garlic, 1 finely chopped Onion, ¼ tsp Celery Salt, Salt and course Black Pepper to taste.
Recipe #2: Combine: 1 ½ cups dry White Wine, ¼ cup cooking Oil, 2 tsp Garlic Powder, 6 oz. Soy Sauce, 1 small chopped Onion.
Recipe #1: Combine: 1 fresh Jalapeño Pepper (seeded & minced), 3 cloves (minced) Garlic, 1 tbsp. Ginger, ¼ cup Lemon juice, ½ cup dry White Wine, ½ tsp Sugar, ¼ cup cooking Oil.
Recipe #2: Combine: 4 tbsp Lemon juice, ¾ cup cooking Oil, 3 cloves Garlic (minced), minced fresh Onion (if desired).
An additional option for tenderizing beef, as well as adding flavor, is with the use of a rub. A dry mix of herbs and spices are applied to the raw beef and are allowed to permeate and flavor the meat over a period of time, usually overnight in the refrigerator. An endless variety of rubs can be prepared for beef depending on the types of flavors that you want to add to the meat.
Application: A rub mixture can be rubbed onto the meat, but the moisture from the meat can cause the dry ingredients to stick to your hands. The best results often occur when the ingredients are sprinkled evenly on all sides.
Ingredients: Some of the ingredients that may be used for a dry rub include black pepper, cumin, chili powder, crushed red pepper, celery seed, garlic powder or fresh crushed or minced garlic, salt, and brown sugar.
Paste Rub: A small amount of liquid may be added to the mixture in order to create a dry paste, which may be preferred in some cases. Some of the liquids that are often used are vinegar, cider vinegar, wine, or fruit juice. Sugar Usage: Use sugar sparingly because it will melt and burn during the cooking process, especially if the beef is grilled or broiled. Too much of the burnt sugar will provide unpleasant results. Only a small amount of sugar is necessary to provide adequate flavor.
Experiment with your own blends or try one of these:
3 tbsp. Salt
3 tbsp. Brown Sugar
3 tbsp. Ground Cumin
3 tbsp. Chile Powder
3 tbsp. Course Black Pepper
1 tbsp. Cayenne Pepper
2 tbsp grated lemon peel
2 tsp crushed rosemary
3 garlic cloves (minced)
Add: salt, ground black pepper to taste
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