12 Cheap Rubs and Marinades for Summer Barbecues
Pulling out the grill and throwing a barbecue for friends and family is the quintessential summer pastime. Even without premium cuts of meat, fancy equipment, and expert know-how, it's easy to turn out delicious grilled dishes with the right combination of ingredients. New grillers should first check out the basics of marinating from Anne Livingston and advice from The Nest on using dry rubs. Then try one of these 12 cheap homemade marinades and rubs for summer cookouts.
What meat eater doesn't love baby back pork ribs? Everyone will be licking their fingers with this simple dry rub from Allrecipes, rated an average of 4.5 stars by more than 500 people. The ingredients can be found in most kitchens: brown sugar, paprika, salt, ground pepper, and garlic powder. Mix together and rub into the pork ribs, then marinate overnight before cooking. Some reviewers advise cutting out the salt to avoid drying out the meat.
For plenty of spice, consider a Caribbean-style dry rub. Directions via Epicurious call for allspice, ground black pepper, and cinnamon, along with onion, brown sugar, thyme, nutmeg, and garlic cloves. The recipe serves eight. Don't be afraid to experiment with for pork ribs, duck breast, or dark chicken and turkey meat.
Move over ribs and wings, and make way for a white fish marinade that's simple but packed with flavor. Created by Kalyn's Kitchen, the recipe calls for olive oil, lemon juice, black pepper, dried basil, and garlic powder. Simply mix the ingredients and marinate a piece of white fish such as tilapia, mahi-mahi, or halibut in a sealed bag for two to three hours. The marinade can also be used for chicken, shrimp, and scallops (for which marinating time will vary).
Ribeye and chicken wings won't be the only stars at the cookout when joined by curry-rubbed pork chops from the Frugal Chef. This recipe serves up four boneless 1-inch-thick pork chops treated with spices already in the kitchen (curry powder, garlic powder, ground coriander, and ground ginger). After coating the pork chops with vegetable oil, combine the spices with brown sugar, salt and black pepper, and spread evenly over the meat.
All compliments will go to the grill master who serves these garlicky white wine shrimp skewers from Food & Wine. Marinate a pound of extra-large shrimp in olive oil, minced onion, garlic, white wine, and parsley for about 15 minutes. Rub each shrimp with butter before placing on the grill to cook for a few minutes. Crustaceans can be expensive, so consider adding grilled vegetables to the skewers to make the shrimp go further. Serve with a side of steamed rice and buttery corn on the side.