Best Grilling Tips and Tastiest Marinade Recipes

Throw it on a grill and it will taste fabulous. But how do you marinade/prep the food? Here are the Best Grilling Tips and Tastiest Marinade Recipes to enhance the grilling experience and wow your taste buds.

Best Grilling Tips:

• Use smaller pieces of meat when cooking so that the meat cooks faster on the grill. If using big pieces of meat, allow the meat to “rest” after you grill it for at least 10 minutes before cutting it so that the meat can soak up the juices and keep all the love inside.

• Marinate, marinate, and marinate your food before putting it on the grill. The better coating of love the food has, the better flavor that will be soaked up and the less carcinogens the food will get from the grill. Discard the marinade after using it so you don’t get sick from marinade that has been sitting in raw meat.

• Use 2 different containers for raw products and cooked products. Once you finish grilling your food, put the cooked food into a new, clean container without the leftover marinade.

• The longer you marinate the meat, the softer, juicier it will be. Some meats don’t need a lot of marinating time because they are already juicy cuts of meat. Tougher meats will need more marinating time.

• You can always do a dry-rub, too, on good cuts of meat like we did here. We rubbed the meat with salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, garlic powder, and herbs de Provence.

My 2 favorite marinades:

#1. Grandpa Zaninovich’s Brandy Marinade: 8 oz soy sauce, 4 oz water, 4 oz brandy, 1 Tbsp olive oil, 2 cloves crushed garlic, 2 Tbsp minced ginger. Mix & add to 1-2 pounds of meat or veggies.

  • Here I marinated red bell peppers, green bell peppers, red onion, tofu, & pineapple for shish kabobs!
  • Click HERE for a detailed recipe analysis.

#2. Dijon Mustard Marinade: 4 Tbsp Dijon mustard, 1 Tbsp olive oil, 4 Tbsp white wine vinegar, 4 oz water, 1 crushed garlic clove, 1 stick crushed rosemary, salt/pepper to taste. Mix and add to 1-2 pounds of meat or veggies.

Marinades are awesome and can enhance flavor! Enjoy your grilling season. Any other fun marinades you love?

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Also check out @Zimmy’s Nook – an incredible Instagram account that focuses on grilling. He’s genius and his tips and recipes are divine.

Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN

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  1. Phil July 26, 2013 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    We use a marinade like Grandpa Z’s for flank steak. It always comes out delicious after barbequing. We’ll try the dijon mustard next time. thanks.

    • Sarah Koszyk MA RD July 29, 2013 at 11:11 pm - Reply

      Hands-down: Grandpa’s recipe is the BEST! Tomas uses the dijon mustard recipe from his grandparents and it’s also delicious.

  2. Stacey August 26, 2014 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    Yum! I love mustard…your recipe for the dijon mustard marinade sounds divine! If we choose to grill this weekend, I will definitely give it a try…thanks Sarah!!

    • Sarah Koszyk, RD, MA August 26, 2014 at 9:57 pm - Reply

      Yeah! I hope you like it. It’s Tomas’ recipe from his Grandma and nothing says cooking like that. Happy Labor Day!

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