Diving into Marinades

Diving into Marinades

 

Years ago, when my husband and I were newly engaged and relocated from Chicago to the Bay Area, I distinctly recall when we decided to outfit our first apartment out here with a little grill. It did not matter that we had such a small balcony, we were so excited to take advantage of living in the land of nearly year-round grilling. We shopped at one of the local meccas for grills and came home with a cute charcoal grill, and started our love affair with outdoor cooking.

It was on this little grill, on this little balcony, that we began to cook our way through my father-in-law’s fabulous marinade recipes. He is the king of marinades, and to this day, I find myself returning to his handwritten recipe cards during the course of our grilling season. One of my favorites is a rum marinade, that makes for a beautifully glazed and lusciously flavored Pineapple-Rum Glazed Grilled Pork Chop.

To me, using marinades is a wonderful way to cook over the summer; letting meats soak overnight means effortless prep work that results in rich flavors. It also means my husband is in charge of the cooking…which leaves me with more time to focus on making sweet treats!

Pineapple Rum Marinade

For pork or beef. Makes 1 cup.

  • ½ cup rum (such as Bacardi Light)
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard or Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 2 clove garlic, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon pepper

Combine ingredients and allow meat to marinate overnight. Grill meat to desired doneness, basting periodically.

Comments

  1. The Cilantropist

    I wish someone would give me a little book of tried-and-true marinades! Maybe that would make me want to cook meat more… either way, of everything, marinated pork is one of my favorites and this marinade sounds delicious! :)

    Reply
    • Liren

      I’ll definitely share more of my FIL’s great marinades – he has a lot of great ones that would inspire you to cook meat more! I just love the simplicity behind marinades – it hardly feels like cooking!

  2. Monet

    How cute you two are! I can just see you on your tiny deck. This marinade sounds so flavorful…and would be a perfect fit for a summer menu. Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
    • Liren

      Aw, it does bring back memories of a very different time in our lives! Pre-kids, pre-house, pre-humongous grill, LOL. But the recipe is still the same :)

  3. Brian @ A Thought For Food

    I couldn’t imagine not having a grill. In the summer (and even during the winter), it’s pretty much the only thing we use.

    I’ll be passing this wonderful looking marinade to the hubby because I’m sure he’ll love it on some pork! Actually, I might have to try it on some salmon… I’ll test it out and report back, but I think it’ll be just fantastic!

    Reply
    • Liren

      Brian, I think you’ll enjoy this one – especially if you like rum. It’s definitely a little booze-y! Hope you guys try it and let me know how it works for you, especially if you try it on salmon. Sounds like a great idea!

    • Liren

      Thanks, Belinda :) Writing this brought back so many great memories about our little balcony!

  4. Carol Egbert

    I’m sure the pineapple juice acts as a tenderizer as well as the flavor in this marinade. Thanks for the great post.

    Reply
    • Liren

      Carol, you’re absolutely right – the pineapple juice definitely helps to tenderize!

    • Liren

      They really do! I’m finding that now that we’ve switched to gas grilling, marinades are really helpful for punching up the flavor!

  5. Isabelle

    I’m so jealous that you get to BBQ year-round. I mean, I could theoretically do the same, but it would mean going outside in knee-deep snow in the middle of January… and as much as I love BBQ, I don’t love it THAT much. :)
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful marinade. I bet it would be really great on grilled chicken, too!

    Reply
    • Liren

      Hi Isabelle! Well, truth be told, if we were to grill in the winter, we’d be really wet. Our winters are rainy rather than snowy, but I know that doesn’t stop many hardcore grillers! And I can’t complain because winter is fairly short lived here. The beauty of these marinades is you can still grill indoors on a grill pan or under the broiler :) And you’re right, this marinade will probably be great on chicken, too.

  6. Baking Serendipity

    I love grilling. We had grills at the apartment complex we used to live in and would truck up and down 3 flights of stairs and across the common grounds to use them. So worth the hassle. This marinade recipe looks delicious!

    Reply
    • Liren

      Ah, the things we go through for grilling! I agree, it’s definitely worth it!

    • Liren

      Ooh, sounds good! Looking forward to seeing your bbq sauce!

    • Liren

      Ela, thank you so much for stopping by and thank you for the award! I am so flattered!!!

    • Liren

      Glad you like it!! Please let me know how it turns out :)

    • Liren

      Hi Norma! Let me know what you (and your grill master son!) thinks! Hope you enjoy it :)

  7. Jean

    Those chops look awesome, Liren. It sounds like you married into a family with a fabulous grilling legacy. It’s great that you’re able to share them with us! :-)

    Reply
    • Liren

      Jean, I really did. My FIL used to grill A LOT, and lucky for us, we have a lot of wonderful recipes from him!

  8. Jenn @ Chinese Baba

    I AM MAKING THIS!!!! Oh man, I have used your Pomegranate marinade more times than i can shake a stick at. I know for sure this will be golden. I’ll let you know how it turned out ;)

    Reply
    • Liren

      Jenn! I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying the Pomegranate marinade! We have, too :) This one is a little different, definitely a strong rum flavor, but very good! Let me know what you think!

  9. skip to malou

    These pictures are haunting me… and reading marinade recipe don’t help, as it elevates cravings to the hilt! ahhh specially that pineapple juice, love it!

    Reply
    • Liren

      Thank you, Malou! Always happy to elicit cravings :)

  10. Gitte

    So glad you posted a marinade recipe, it sounds great. Now you’ve got me wanting to grill.

    Reply
    • Liren

      Glad you like it, Gitte! Hope you try it sometime – works well on an indoor grill pan, too!

  11. Thella

    wow Liren. this looks absolutely delish :) would love to try this at home. can imagine how well this suits Filipino taste :)

    Reply
    • Liren

      Thella, it does suit Filipino tastes – it just has an extra punch from the rum!

  12. MeatHub Inc.

    This Pineapple Rum marinade not only looks/sounds amazing… but has completely opened my eyes about what is possible… :)

    Reply
  13. Eric and Amanda

    WOW! We just finished enjoying this excellent recipe. It was very creative and tasty! Instead of grilling it, we broiled the chops to make it a little easier (our grill is buried in about 4 ft of snow!). A third of a jalapeno spiced up the marinade just enough to give it a zing! We also cooked down the remainder of the marinade and used it as a sauce. Corn starch was a great thickening agent.

    Thanks again for creating a perfect main dish! O yeah…we also enjoyed it with a fresh mojito….kind of like it was July!

    Reply
    • Liren

      Hi Eric and Amanda! It makes me so happy to know you enjoyed the recipe. Love how you brought your summer grilling indoors, and next time I make it, I will try the jalapeno as well :) Thanks so much for writing!

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