8 Marinade Recipes That Will Transform Your Barbecue

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korean-style marinated chicken with noodles
korean-style marinated chicken with noodles
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Marinating meat can take your barbecue to the next level in flavour and it's well worth the effort - all it takes is a little forward planning. Never underestimate the importance of a good meat marinade. To bring out the best in your meat, you need two things: time, and the right flavour combinations. The more in advance you're able to marinate your meat, the better, as the flavours can really develop. Simple marinades will help meat speak for itself, or you can step it up with more unusual flavour combinations, with Middle Eastern or Asian flavours. Either way, we've picked out 8 amazing marinades you must try...

Jerk chicken

Bring a taste of the Carribean into your home with this jerk chicken marinade. It's mainly made up of ingredients that you'll already have in the storecupboard but it tastes SO good. If you like a bit of a kick, scale up the spice!

Hot and sour marinated king prawns

This hot and sour marinade couldn't be easier and the lime really cuts through the Tabasco. You'd never believe that this marinade only requires three ingredients!

Harissa marinade

This harissa marinadebrings extra smokiness and some Middle Eastern spices to your get-together! It's so easy to make, but so impressive.

Tandoori marinated prawns

We love this tandoori marinade, especiallywith prawns. If you can coat them a couple of hours in advance and refrigerate, you'll really allow the prawns to absorb the flavour. Serve with a cooling raita for a guaranteed hit.

Korean-style marinated chicken

Who doesn't love sticky chicken?! This recipe for a Korean-style marinadeworks well on tender chicken thighs and becomes lovely and sticky as you cook the meat. Make sure you've got plenty of napkins handy...

Chilli and cumin marinated lamb

Bring out the best in your lamb with this chilli and cumin marinade - it's got a bit of a kick to it but it's really well balanced, so it's not overpowering. You can make this marinade up to a week in advance and simply leave it in the fridge until you're ready to use it!

Treacle marinated salmon

The combination of whisky and black treacle in this marinade is a wonderful match and it adds not only a wonderful flavour to the fish, but also a great colour too.

Asian marinated guinea fowl

If you fancy doing something a little different at your barbecue, why not give this Asian marinade a go on guinea fowl. The lemongrass, chilli, garlic and fish sauce bring a really delightful taste of Asia to a barbecue.

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