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Barbecue Marinade Basics

Learn about marinating meat for a barbecue from Pork Barrel BBQ pitmasters Heath Hall and Brett Thompson in this Howcast video.


Today we're going to talk about the basics of marinades. Now traditionally
marinades were used as a method to help preserve meat. In modern times
they're used to add tenderness and flavor to meats. Now a simple breakdown of
a marinade needs to have acid, oil and seasonings.

At home, one of the simplest forms of marinade that we like to use is basic Italian
dressing. You get home from work, you've had a long day, and you're not sure what you
want to eat. A simple Italian dressing poured over your pork or beef can
really add a tremendous amount of flavor. It's even especially good on

Now, in the competition world when we're out there cooking you can
really marinade these meats overnight, you can even use marinades and
inject it. But the importance of it is the acidity in particular helps break
down the cells inside the meat which lead to tenderness, flavor and a
great cut of meat both at home and for competitions.

So I would just encourage you to research, try your favorite marinade. Again,
it's nothing fancy, it's acid, oil and seasoning, you can make your own at home easy
recipes, try it out, you're going to love marinating.

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