Best Grilling Rubs and Marinades

There is saying “variety is the spice of life”- and that certainly applies to using grilling rubs and marinades. It is fun exploring international flavours – herbs and spices, along with other indigenous ingredients, help give your grilling efforts the helping hand that will make your meals a great success!

I have put together some of the most popular seasoning, rubs and marinades from international menus – all you have to do is choose a flavour, prepare seasoning mix and use as either a rub or a marinade.

You can store the Seasoning Mixes in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months, refrigerate rubs for up to 5 days but mixed marinades need to be used and discarded after use.

Directions for Seasoning mix:

Mix in storage container with tight-fitting lid. Shake or stir before each use.

Directions for Rubs:

Brush meat with oil and rub with seasoning mix

Directions for Marinades:

Mix all ingredients, pour over meat in resealable plastic bag. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours but no longer than 24 hours.

Recipes:

Carribbean:

Seasoning Mix:

  • 1/3 cup of minced onion (instant is fine)
  • 1 tablespoon of dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons of ground allspice
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons of crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt

Rub:

  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons of Caribbean Seasoning Mix

Marinade:

2 tablespoons of Caribbean Seasoning Mix
1/2 cup of pineapple juice
1 tablespoon of grated orange peel
2 tablepoon of vegetable oil

Mexican:

Seasoning Mix:

1/4 cup of ground red chillies or chili powder
3 tablepoons of dried oregano leaves
1 tablespoon of ground cumin
2 teaspoons of ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon of salt

Rub:

  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons of Mexican Seasoning Mix

Marinade:

  • 2 tablespoon of Mexican Seasoning Mix
  • 1/4 cup of dru white wine or chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup of lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

North African:

Seasoning Mix:

1/2 cup of fresh chopped cilantro
1/4 cup of fresh chopped mint
1 tablespoon of paprika
3/4 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of crushed or ground turmeric

Rub:

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon of North African Seasoning Mix

Marinade:

  • 2 tablespoons of North African Seasoning Mix
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed

Provencal:

Seasoning Mix:

  • 1/4 cup of dried tarragon leaves
  • 3 teaspoons of dried thyme leaves
  • 3 tablespoons of dried sage leaves. crumbled\
  • 2 teaspoons of onion pwder
  • 3/4 teaspoons of salt

Rub:

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon of Provencal Seasoning Mix

Marinade:

  • 2 tablespoons of Provencal Seasoning Mix
  • 1/2 cup of dry red wine or chicken broth
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped

Thai:

Seasoning Mix:

  • 1/3 cup of chopped fresh lemon grass
  • 3 tablespoons of grated lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon of Chinese five spice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon of salt

Rub:

  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons of Thai Seasoning Mix

Marinade:

  • 2 tablespoons of Thai Seasoning Mix
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon of chili-garlic paste
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

Hope you enjoy using these recipe and I will welcome and appreciate your comments, suggestions and experiences!


About the author

Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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