MARINADE IN THE SHADE
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.
EASY COFFEE RUB
Coffee has many more uses than waking people up in the morning. The rich aroma and undertone of coffee grounds can add incredible flavor to the chef's choice of meat (beef, lamb, duck, or chicken thighs). Besides coffee grounds, all that's needed are kosher salt and ground pepper.
Recipe: Eating Well
CLASSIC DRY RUB FOR PORK RIBS
What meat eater doesn't love baby back pork ribs? Everyone will be licking their fingers with this simple dry rub, rated an average of 4.5 stars by more than 400 people. The ingredients can be found in most kitchens: brown sugar, paprika, salt, ground pepper, and garlic powder.
CARIBBEAN-STYLE JERK RUB
For plenty of spice, consider a Caribbean-style dry rub. The recipe calls for chicken, but don't be afraid to experiment with pork ribs, duck breast, or turkey meat.
GARLIC, BASIL, AND LEMON MARINADE FOR WHITE FISH
Move over ribs and wings, and make way for a white fish marinade that's simple but packed with flavor. It can also be used for chicken, shrimp, and scallops (for which marinating time will vary).
Recipe: Kalyn's Kitchen
TUSCAN ROSEMARY GARLIC RUB
If pasta and meatballs can't go on the grill, try the next best thing: a Tuscan-inspired rosemary garlic rub perfect for chicken, pork, or even potatoes. A few reviewers said they used less salt and added lemon (juice or zest) and oregano for even more herbal flavor.
ASIAN BARBECUE CHICKEN MARINADE
Billed as "chicken teriyaki with a South Asian flair," this recipe starts with classic ingredients: soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, scallions, garlic, and curry powder.
Recipe: Once Upon a Chef
Sriracha is a must-have at dining tables now, and a crowd pleaser at barbecues, too. Delight hot-sauce-loving fiends with an easy sriracha marinade that works with grilled meat or seafood, and set aside a bit to brush on during grilling.
Recipe: Genius Kitchen
LEMON PEPPER SALT RUB
For those who love extra lemon flavor, it doesn't get better (or easier) than a three-ingredient recipe that works well on a steak, chicken, or fish.
GARLICKY WHITE WINE GRILLED SHRIMP
All compliments will go to the grill master who serves these garlicky white wine shrimp skewers. But crustaceans can be expensive, so consider adding grilled vegetables to the skewers to make the shrimp go further. Serve with sides of steamed rice and buttery corn.
Recipe: Food & Wine
SIMPLE AND EASY GRILLED SALMON
Salmon lovers can rejoice with this quick recipe for tangy fillets. A few reviewers mentioned reducing the amounts of brown sugar and soy sauce to make it healthier.