How to Make an Easy Pork Marinade

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A marinade introduces flavor as it tenderizes a piece of meat. Depending on the intended dish, you can choose from a number of flavor profiles. The technical definition of a marinade is a liquid mixture of fat, acid and aromatics. Marinades do well flavoring pork, as the meat is neutral in natural flavor. A pork marinade can be made using herbs, spices or both. Salad dressings can also be used as quick marinades straight from the bottle.

Things You'll Need

  • Large plastic zipper-top bag
  • Olive oil
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic
  • Lemon zest
  • Lemon juice
  • Chopped rosemary
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Chili powder
  • Granulated garlic
  • Onion powder
  • Lime juice

Lemon-Rosemary Marinade

  • Combine 3 to 4 tbsp. olive oil and lemon juice, 1 tsp. lemon zest, 1 tbsp. chopped rosemary and one clove of roughly chopped garlic in a plastic bag.

  • Taste the marinade for balance and adjust the individual ingredients for your liking. You should have about 1/3 cup of liquid for every pound of meat.

  • Place the pork in the plastic bag with the prepared marinade.

  • Seal the bag, pressing out as much air as possible. Move the meat around so that the marinade is touching as much of the pork as possible.

  • Place the bag into a large container and refrigerate until ready to cook. The meat can remain in the marinade up to a day in advance, for best results.

Smoky Southwestern Marinade

  • Combine equal parts of cumin, paprika, chili powder and black pepper in a plastic bag. A half teaspoon each is a good place to start to make marinade for for one to two pounds of pork.

  • Add four parts of granulated garlic and onion powder to the mixture. For example, if 1/2 tsp. of each of the other spices was used, then add 2 tsp. of the onion and garlic.

  • Add a few tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tsp. lime juice and mix. The marinade should resemble a thin paste.

  • Place the pork in the plastic bag, press out excess air and seal. Move the meat around until well coated.

  • Place the bag in a large container and chill until ready to use. The marinade can be done up to a day in advance.

Tips & Warnings

  • Adjust the individual ingredients until you reach the desired flavor profile.
  • Some oil-based salad dressings can also be used as marinades, straight from the bottle.
  • Do not taste the marinade after it has come in contact with raw pork.

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