You are serious about your grilling. You take pride in your grill, you take care in choosing the type of charcoal you use and you change it up depending on what you are grilling. You don’t just stand over your meat and look important while you wait to turn it, either. You prepare your own marinades for your grilling items and you can make five of them from ingredients you already own.

Steak Marinade
You don’t want to just let your steak sit on the grill and get tougher by the minute. You want to enhance the flavor with this homemade marinade.


  • Vegetable oil
  • Soy sauce
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Dry mustard
  • Sliced onion
  • Minced garlic

1.  Combine 1 cup of oil with ½ cup of soy sauce and 1/3 cup of red wine vinegar.

2.  Mix well. Add in lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, sliced onion and minced garlic. Continue to stir.

3.  Spoon the mixture over your meat about three minutes into the grilling process. Repeat after you turn you meat.


Great Ribs Marinade
Ribs are outstanding on their own. They are even better when you put them in an outstanding marinade.


  • Cider vinegar
  • Water
  • Pork rub
  • Corn syrup


1.  In a large bowl, combine cider vinegar and water and mix thoroughly.

2.  Add in 1 tablespoon of pork rub and 1 tablespoon of corn syrup. Continue to mix.

3. Pour the mixture over your pork ribs and refrigerate overnight before grilling.


Anchovy Marinade
You probably have had your anchovies for quite a while and you never knew why. Use them in this marinade for beef.

  • Ingredients
  • Parsley
  • Olive oil
  • Capers
  • Lemon juice
  • Minced anchovy
  • Salt

1. Combine 3 tablespoons of olive oil with 1 tablespoon of capers and ½ cup of chopped leaf parsley.

2.  Mix well and add in 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of minced anchovies.

3.  Add in ½ teaspoon of salt and then pour mixture over your meat and refrigerate for two hours.


Pale Ale Marinade
When you combine the zest of an orange, orange juice and your favorite pale ale, your grilling experience can become an exciting experiment.


  • Pale ale
  • Orange juice
  • Orange zest
  • Olive oil
  • Soy sauce
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Kosher salt


1.  Combine ½ cup of pale ale along with ½ cup of orange juice and the zest of a large orange.

2.  Mix well together. Add in 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of olive oil and minced garlic.

3.  Continue to mix and add in Kosher salt. Pour this over your beef in a large baking dish and refrigerate overnight.


Grilled Chicken Marinade

Chicken on the grill is a staple of summer. However, it can get a little boring without the right ingredients. Try this marinade to upgrade your chicken.


  • Lemon juice
  • Vinegar
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Garlic powder
  • Soy sauce

1.  Combine 1 cup of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of vinegar.

2.  Add in 3 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese and 2 tablespoons of garlic powder.

3.  Mix well and add in 1 teaspoon of soy sauce. Pour over your chicken and cover.

4.  Refrigerate for four hours before grilling.

-Steve Silverman