This time of year, I’m always looking for ways to use our grill — it’s just so nice outside and it means Dave can help with the cooking 🙂
I love marinating meat for the grill but I hate that it often requires a full 24 hours of advance preparation. So about a month ago, I found this recipe for a 2-hour marinade. Dave and I were so impressed the first time I made it that we thought we better test it again the next week (with a few of my personal adjustments).
I’ve used this marinade a handful of times already (both for pork and chicken) with fabulous results each time. And I just LOVE that you can whip it up later in the day and still have great-tasting, juicy meat in time for dinner.
So for those of you who don’t think about marinating your meat the night before (ahem… guilty!) this recipe is for you!
Recipe for 2-Hour Meat Marinade
This makes about 1 cup of marinade — or enough for 4-6 cuts of meat
- 4-6 pork chops or chicken pieces (with or without bone)
- 1/2 c. water
- 1/4 c. soy sauce
- 1/4 c. vegetable oil
- 2 T. lemon pepper
- 2 t. minced garlic (or 1 t. garlic powder)
- salt and pepper to taste (I don’t use much)
In a shallow bowl or pan, mix all ingredients.
Add meat and marinate in refrigerator for about 2 hours (I’ve had good results with as little as 30 minutes)
Cook meat on a preheated grill for around 5 minutes per side (based on boneless 1″ thick cuts of meat).
We usually grill on our outside gas grill, but you could also cook the meat on a George Foreman grill, in a frying pan, or even in the oven.
The last time I made this marinade, I served the pork chops with mashed potatoes, green beans, and grilled corn on the cob — so good!
What are your favorite grilled foods?
Oh, and if you’re looking for more BBQ favorites, check out these 30 delicious BBQ side dishes.
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