There is absolutely nothing wrong with throwing some naked meat onto the grill every once in a while. In fact, sometimes it's just the ticket. But if you're looking to up your grilling game, you need to check out these marinade and dry rub recipes.
1. Zesty honey-lime marinade recipe
Let's start off simple with a little something to dress up chicken breasts for your next backyard outing. Plus, there are four other delicious options to choose from.
2. Apple-mustard marinade recipe
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An absolute must for the next time you're thinking of throwing some pork chops onto the grill.
3. Cajun spice mix recipe
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This is best on chicken, but why not try it on root vegetables or potatoes too?
4. Balsamic-whiskey marinade recipe
This is a perfect example of how sometimes simple, high-quality ingredients are better than all the bells and whistles.
5. Honey-garlic marinade recipe
Sometimes the best summer meat is a nice salmon fillet. This marinade is simple and crisps up wonderfully while you're working the grill.
6. All-purpose marinade recipe
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This one is all-purpose, so you can put it on anything. But look at that picture. Wouldn't you rather just put it on chicken?
7. Sweet tea pork brine recipe
First of all, if you've never brined pork, you need to get on that, stat. Second, sweet tea? I can't think of a better introduction to the magic of brined meat.
9. Pan-seared salmon spice rub recipe
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If you aren't a lover of honey, ginger or lime, it can be tough to know how to punch up your salmon. This is the perfect place to start.
10. Lamb and pork souvlakia marinade recipe
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This marinade is perfect for lamb and best paired with a nice tzatziki sauce.
11. Cowboy spice mix recipe
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If you put this on anything other than steak or ribs, you've really missed the point.
12. Cuban mojo criollo marinade recipe
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Probably the best thing about this particular marinade is that it does double duty as a dressing or dip. Just be sure to keep your batches separate.
13. Whiskey glaze recipe
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Whiskey. Meat. Need I say more?
14. Sesame-ginger salmon marinade recipe
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Salmon doesn't need a whole lot of dressing up to be delicious, but who could argue with a subtle, spicy glaze like this?
15. Island spice mix recipe
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This one is going to be great for seafood, paired with a cocktail that's served with a tiny umbrella.
16. Cilantro-lime marinade recipe
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What can you use this cilantro-lime marinade on? How about what can't you use it on? But seriously, try it on shrimp first. You will not be sorry.
17. Mexican spice rub recipe
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Please promise me right now that you will forever ditch every packet of fake Mexican spice garbage you find in the soup aisle and make this instead.
18. Mediterranean spice rub recipe
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Sure, you can buy premixed Mediterranean blends, but why would you when this one can be made so easily and used on everything?