As summer is just around the corner, I can’t help but start to think of all the backyard grills that signal the beginning of warmer days, pool parties and good food and drink shared with friends and family while lounging outdoors!
The soy sauce offers rich flavors to the meat while not overpowering it and the rest of the marinade ingredients work their magic to help tenderize the meat, leaving you with a caramelized-like grill finish…need I say more?!!
- Toss your bag of pork and marinade every 1-2 hours to help ensure an even coating of marinade on the pork.
- Avoid marinating your pork for more than 1 day as marinades tend to break down after 1-2 days and can ruin the texture of your meat.
- If you plan on grilling your marinated pork, leave it on the grill without touching it until the one side of the pork starts to pull away from the grill or BBQ. If the meat still sticks to the grill, it’s a good indication that it’s not cooked on that side yet. If you’re concerned about your pork burning then just turn the heat down on the grill.
- For food safety reasons, you should never marinate your pork at room temperature or outdoors as bacteria on raw meat will quickly multiply when warm.
The Best Pork Marinade
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined.
- Place pork in a shallow dish. Pour marinade over pork, seal and refrigerate for 1-4 hours.
- Remove pork, discard marinade and allow to come to room temperature.
- Grill or cook pork in oven as desired.
WHAT CUT OF PORK IS THIS MARINADE BEST FOR?
- Any, really! You could use pork chops (bone-in or boneless), pork steaks or pork tenderloin. I always find that choosing pork with a bit of fat on the edges of the cut ensures even more juiciness and flavor but it’s totally up to you!
- The minimum amount of time required for marinating your pork will vary depending on the thickness of the meat. The thicker the meat, the longer it should marinate for. Don’t go under 1 hour of marinating time regardless of how thick or thin the pork is.
HOW SHOULD I STORE PORK MARINADE?
- This Pork Marinade can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 day but no longer than that as it can start to break down which will then affect your meat once added to the marinade.
- If you’re going to make the marinade in advance, consider only doing so a couple of hours prior to adding the pork and refrigerate it in an airtight container immediately after making.
CAN I FREEZE THIS MARINADE?
- Yes, you can! Having made the pork marinade, store it in an airtight container or Ziploc bag and place it in your freezer for up to 3 months. You can then thaw it in the refrigerator for adding to your pork before cooking.
This Pork Marinade is the perfect addition to any summertime grill out. This marinade offers rich flavors to the meat while not overpowering it.
- ½ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon pepper
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined
Add pork to resealable bag
Pour marinade over pork, seal and refrigerate for 1-4 hours
Remove pork, discard marinade and allow to come to room temperature
Grill or cook pork in oven as desired