Top 10 All-Purpose Marinade Recipes

The Most Popular and Best Marinade Recipes

Marinades are probably the most important ingredient to any cookout. A good marinade not only keeps your grilling moist and flavorful, but they make it healthier. These ten marinade recipes are the most popular on my site. They represent the kinds of marinades you should be trying. Start with these marinade recipes and then start experimenting yourself to make the marinades that work best for you. While many are specific to a type of meat, all of these marinades will work with most everything.

Mar...MOREinating is best done in a sealed environment. We recommend using large, resealable bags with as much of the air as possible forced out. Lighter, thinner meats can be marinated in as little as thirty minutes, while denser and thicker cuts will get the most benefit after several hours. 

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    Brian Macdonald/Digital Vision/Getty Images

    Want to get that great Teriyaki flavor into your favorite dish? This marinade is sure to add flavor to whatever you're grilling. This marinade works particularly well with pork and poultry but is also great on beef.

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    Lemon and Rosemary Marinade
    Lemon and Rosemary Marinade. Sabrina S. Baksh/Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    This is a great marinade recipe for chicken. It gives you that lemon-herb flavor that you find on so many store-bought chickens, but this is better. Try this marinade with poultry, pork, and lamb.

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    Classic Steak Marinade
    Classic Steak Marinade. StockFood - Andre Baranowski/Riser/Getty Images

    A great steak doesn't need any help. A not so great steak does. If you are grilling a steak that isn't the most tender then this classic steak marinade is perfect. While perfect on beef, this marinade also works well with pork, poultry, and lamb.

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    Pineapple Marinade
    Pineapple Marinade. Sabrina S. Baksh/Regarding BBQ Inc.

    This marinade works really well on pork or chicken. It is also great at bringing a Hawaiian flavor to beef dishes. The power of pineapple tenderizes and sweetens meats. This is a great marinade when you don't have a lot of time.

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    Jamaican Jerk Marinade
    Jamaican Jerk Marinade. Lew Robertson/Getty Images

    You've heard of Jerk seasonings and Jerk rubs, well this is a jerk marinade that gets that great jerk flavor deep into the meat. You can use this marinade on all kinds of meat and poultry.

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    Greek Lamb Marinade
    Greek Lamb Marinade. Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    This Greek-style marinade can be applied to any meat but is particularly good on lamb dishes. Let the meat marinade for a while so the flavors can infuse.

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    Brisket Marinade
    Brisket Marinade. Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    Whether you are smoking or grilling a brisket, this marinade will add a lot of flavor and help tenderize the meat.

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    Mexican Marinade
    Mexican Marinade. Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    This marinade can be used on practically any meat or Mexican-style dish. You'll get a great lime and cilantro flavor without overpowering the flavor of the meat.

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    Beef Rib Marinade
    Beef Rib Marinade. Regarding BBQ, Inc.

    This marinade adds a lot of flavor to your beef ribs. The acid from the lemon juice and vinegar will increase tenderness once they are smoked.

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    This is the traditional marinade recipe for Korean bulgogi, which is a marinated steak cut into strips and served up on lettuce leaves or rice. This is also a great marinade for any cut of beef.