I have to be honest. This summer was the very first time that I used a marinade for any sort of meal preparation. Say what you will, but the truth is that I would just slap a steak on the grill, hope for the best, and lather it up with some Sweet Baby Ray’s or (gasp!) ketchup. And then, well, I cracked open one of my favorite cookbooks and realized that with only a few household ingredients and about 5 minutes time, I was well on my way to marinades for meats that made me say, “Well hellllo there, Lover, where have you been all my life??” Yes, it is that good. Apply this teriyaki marinade to chicken, steaks, veggies, or on-the-skewer shish-kabobs. It’s sweet and sassy and full of flavor. Ready for the how-to?
:: ingredients ::
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
:: directions ::
1) mix all ingredients together in a shallow baking dish or plastic bag
2) add beef, pork, chicken or veggies
3) make sure meat is full coated
4) cover and refrigerate for a min. of 1 hr (though I’ve done less if I’m in a hurry)
5) remove meat and throw on the grill!
6) heat leftover marinade to a boil and use as a sauce to drizzle over steaks or dip bread in
Now go forth conquering your meat-marinating fears, my daring grillmasters!