Marinades and Rubs

Marinading meat is easy, It just takes a little planning, By that I mean you need to plan when you want to cook and start your marinading the day before to allow the meat to take on the flavors.


Basting your chosen meat in a marinade is the most important step you can take in barbecuing or domestic cooking as it seals and moistens the meat. The vinegars in a marinade interact with the enzymes of the meat and enhances the flavor and let the meat take on your chosen spices and herb flavors without actually giving it a vinagary taste.

Almost any combination of herbs, sugars and spices will work, but as a rule try to use an acid like lemon or orange juice or limes along with a sugar of some sort and then add in some spices


This is a simple marinade I use as a basic starter that you can use on ribs, pork, brisket, Steaks and chicken.


Mustard Paint

Combine and mix ingredients well in a small bowl

2 Tbs cider vinegar

1 Juice of one lemon or orange

2 Tbs brown sugar

4 Tbsp Dijon mustard

2 Tbsp Honey

Put all the ingredients and your meat in a ziplock bag and massage the meat through the bag and put in the fridge, turn and massage every couple of hours

You can also use a rub in conjunction with the mustard paint by adding any of the Rubs and patting the dry rub ingredients into the meat and leave for 1 hour before cooking

BBQ Style Rub

Add all ingredients to the  marinade above  in the bag 

1/2 cup paprika

1 tablespoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

Mediterranean Style Rub

Add all ingredients to the  marinade above  in the bag 

2 tablespoons salt

2 tablespoons ground coriander

2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 tablespoon ground nutmeg

1 tablespoon black pepper

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