Flavor and Application
So a big mistake that most novice grillers do is marinade the meat so much that it overpowers the flavor of the meat itself. If you intend on doing that, then why not just roast a piece of tofu instead of an expensive beef cut. The thing you have to remember is that the marinade should complement the flavor of the meat instead of replacing it. The marinade has to have a healthy dose of spices, herbs and flavorings while making sure one doesn’t overpower the other.
Tip: To ensure that the marinade flows within the deeper regions of the meat as well without overpowering it, try to go for a thinner cut rather than a thicker slice. This would make the flavor more penetrable. Besides that, a thicker cut would take much longer to marinade, while a thinner cut can be marinated within 30-40 minutes.
Most marinades are composed of some kind of oil which helps to penetrate the meat faster. The oil also serves as a barrier between the meat and the surface so as to not let it stick while making sure that the meat holds the moisture when cooked. This is why it is important to check for the oil content in the marinade.
Tip: For first time chefs, we recommend going for olive oil due to its natural count of glycerides which can penetrate the meat faster.
The marinade also serves to tenderize the meat. You see, the acid content in the marinade breaks down huge protein chains within the meat, in effect tenderizing it. However, don’t let the meat marinate for too long; you don’t want it to be a gooey mushy mess. Instead, let it tenderize for a sufficient amount of time. We repeat, don’t overdo it! This is especially true for fish and seafood BBQ steaks, which are quite tender from the get go.
And finally, you should also keep your eyes peeled for the PH value of the particular marinade, which is mostly stated on the back of the bottle. The PH value needs to be high enough in order to kill off all the bacteria within the meat, but not so high that it completely changes the taste of the meat.
If you aren’t a fan of readymade marinades, you can even whip up a homemade marinade yourself for your next BBQ.