Summer and grilling go hand in hand. Whether you're grilling meat, poultry or seafood, these bbq sauces, marinades and brines are a delicious way to add some flavor.
BBQ sauces, marinades and brines are simple to make at home and add a ton of flavor to any recipe.
They're also versatile and many can be used interchangeably with whatever protein you're making.
What are the Differences?
BBQ Sauces, Marinades and Brines are three different methods used to help add extra moisture to protein when grilling. Here are the differences between all three:
BBQ Sauce: A thick liquid you add while cooking by basting the food or adding it on top once fully cooked.
Marinade: A liquid solution that is combined; usually with some type of oil similar to a vinaigrette in which you soak the food before cooking. Most marinades have a minimum of 2 hours in order for the food to gain the flavor. However, check each recipe as some foods can be marinated longer.
Brine: A liquid solution containing salt dissolved in water; that is seasoned with herbs and spices to add flavor. The meat absorbs the liquid and salt; which leads to juicier food. Typically, you should only brine your protein 1 hour per pound so as not to over-brine
BBQ Sauces, Marinades and Brines
The following is a collection of homemade BBQ Sauces, Marinades and Brines with an example recipe for each.
Click on the name of the recipe to be taken to the original post where you can scroll down to the recipe card to get the recipe. You can try these recipes on beef, chicken, pork or seafood. Enjoy!
Tomato Garlic BBQ Sauce made with brown sugar, tomato paste, vinegar, molasses and honey is perfect on grilled chicken or ribs.
These Beef Short ribs slowly cooked in a fragrant Sun Dried Tomato BBQ Sauce are fall off the bone tender and delicious!
This BBQ sauce made with balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, ketchup, garlic, mustard and fresh rosemary tastes great on grilled chicken, beef or pork.
Pork ribs slowly simmered; then basted with my homemade honey maple bbq sauce. Grill them or bake them in the oven, they’re tender every time!
Teriyaki Grilled Pork chops made with homemade teriyaki glaze. Also goes well with grilled chicken, beef or seafood.
Guinness BBQ Baked Chicken Wings made with Guinness stout is the base for this delicious bbq sauce. It adds a ton of flavor to these healthier chicken wings.
Nothing says summer than a perfectly seasoned rack of ribs on the grill. These Ribs with Whiskey Maple BBQ Sauce are fall off the bone, melt in your mouth good. Try this sauce on grilled chicken too.
Easy 10 Minute Blackberry BBQ Sauce
This 10 Minute Blackberry BBQ Sauce can easily be made at home and is perfect for those last minute get togethers.
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Grilled Chicken in a Lime Sea Salt Brine
Boneless chicken breasts marinated in a fresh lime juice and sea salt brine; then grilled until juicy is so simple and flavorful.
Center cut boneless pork loin cut into bite sized pieces, marinated in Tequila, fresh lime juice and herbs; then served over a black bean, corn salsa.
Center cut boneless pork chops marinated in a brine of Corona beer, fresh lime juice and cilantro; then grilled to perfection.
Lemon Basil Grilled Shrimp marinated in fresh squeezed lemon juice, garlic, basil, white vinegar and oil are deliciously light and flavorful. Skewer them with your favorite vegetables; then serve over rice or pasta for a complete meal.
Mojito Grilled Chicken made with boneless chicken breasts marinated in a brine of fresh mint, lime juice, rum and tonic water.
Cilantro Lime Grilled Pork Chops
Boneless, center cut pork chops marinated in a brine of fresh lime juice and cilantro.
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Dijon Maple Grilled Shrimp Skewers
Dijon Maple Grilled Shrimp Skewers are marinated in maple syrup and Dijon mustard; then skewered with fresh garden vegetables and grilled to perfection.
Lemon Dill Grilled Chicken marinated in a brine of fresh lemon juice and dill; then grilled are juicy and delicious.
Wine and Balsamic Marinated Filet Mignon
Wine & Balsamic Marinated Filet Mignon made with dry red wine, mustard, balsamic vinegar and fresh rosemary is an easy marinade that’s perfect for rich meats like beef.
Greek Honey Lemon Grilled Pork Chops
These Greek Honey Lemon Grilled Pork Chops made with fresh lemon, oregano, and honey create a simple, yet flavorful marinade.
Cajun Lime Grilled Rib Eye Steak
Rib eye steak marinated in cajun seasonings combined with fresh lime juice, honey and a light oil; then grilled to your liking. Make it as mild or spicy as you like, either way, it will be your new favorite marinade!
Honey Mustard Balsamic Grilled Chicken
Boneless chicken breasts marinated in honey, Dijon mustard and balsamic vinegar; then grilled until golden brown.
Madeira Marinated London Broil
London Broil marinated in Madeira wine, extra virgin olive oil, fresh squeezed lemon juice, garlic and oregano.
Honey-Lime Grilled Chicken Skewers
These three ingredient Honey-Lime Grilled Chicken Skewers are perfect for a quick weeknight meal or tasty appetizer.
Honey Roasted Garlic Grilled Pork Chops
Boneless center cut pork chops marinated in a honey and roasted garlic vinaigrette; then grilled are super tender and delicious.
Lemon Yogurt and Basil Chicken Skewers
Boneless chicken marinated in Greek yogurt, fresh basil and lemon juice, skewered with fresh garden vegetables.
Sweet & sticky Asian marinated chicken wings are delicious and are perfect for weeknight meals, large parties or as an appetizer.
Soy-Ginger Grilled Flank Steak
Flank steak marinated in fresh ginger, ginger, soy sauce, and brown sugar; then grilled to perfection. A must-try on your summer grilling list!
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