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Easy and Simple Barbecue Marinades for the 4th of July

While we all know July 4th as Independence Day, it is also a day of celebration! And, any party on this day is almost incomplete without some finger-licking barbecue. Host a Fourth of July party where you can don the chef’s hat and volunteer to barbecue in your backyard for friends and family. Here are some simple barbecue marinade recipes to help you host a memorable party with all kinds of delectable dishes.

Simple Barbecue Marinades for the 4th of July
Simple Barbecue Marinades for the 4th of July

Indian Spiced Marinade

Ingredients – 1 cup Yogurt, 1/2 tsp paprika, 2 sprigs of cilantro, 1 tsp roasted cumin seeds (optional), 2 tbsp. of lemon juice, grated fresh ginger and garlic, and 1/2 cup raw papaya pulp

Directions – Whisk together all the ingredients till smooth. Marinade the chicken for more than 6 hours. Baste with butter every 10 minutes.

Zing factor – Indian marinades are spicy but delicious. Replace the cumin powder with a ‘masala sauce’ (easily available in supermarkets) if you want to bring down the spicy factor!

Caribbean Marinade

Ingredients - 2 tbsp dried thyme, 2 tsp salt, 2 tsp black pepper, 2 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ground coriander, 1 tsp ground ginger, 3/4 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp ground allspice, and 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

Directions - In a bowl, mix together thyme, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, cinnamon, coriander, ginger, cayenne pepper, allspice and nutmeg. Add curd or water along with honey to make a paste and marinate the chicken. The powder marinade can be stored for up to 3 months in an airtight container.

Zing factor – The marinade works fabulously with fish, seafood, poultry or any other meat. In other words, it’s versatile! If you’re in an adventurous mood, try blending in a little soy sauce with curd and marinate.

Traditional Apple Vinegar Marinade

Traditional Apple Vinegar Marinade
Traditional Apple Vinegar Marinade

Ingredients - 3/4 cup apple cider, 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar, 4 sliced shallots, 3 fresh thyme sprigs, 1 tsp whole allspice, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, and 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Directions – Every 1/2 cup of this marinade is perfect for 1 lb. of chicken. Chicken and other meats should be marinated for more than 6 hours while fish and seafood could do with an hour.

Zing factor – The marinade is perfect for chicken, pork chops, and ribs. Feel free to replace the apple vinegar with apple juice if the former is difficult to find.

A Versatile Soda Marinade

Ingredients - 2 cups white lime soda (7-up, Sprite, etc.), 1 cup soy sauce, horseradish sauce, 1/2 tsp minced garlic, and 1 cup oil

Directions – Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and marinate the chicken overnight. Cook and eat up the following day!

Zing factor – The bubbly and tangy flavor of the marinade is brought about by the soda. Throw in some of it into the marinade while you are making yourself a nice glass of Purple Hooter!

Fruit Infused Marinade

Ingredients - 1 tbsp. grated orange rind, 2 tbsp. orange juice, 1 tbsp. tomato paste, 1 tbsp. chili powder, 1/2 tsp dried oregano, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper

Directions – Mix all the ingredients and refrigerate the marinade overnight. Mix in the chicken and refrigerate again for another 4 hours before putting it into the oven. A cup of this marinade is enough for 1/2 lb. of chicken.

Zing factor – The marinade skips the acid in lemons and vinegar and instead opts for orange juice that’s tangy as well as richly fruity. It acts as a wonderful tenderizer besides acting as another texture to the meaty flavor.

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