11 Easy Rubs and Marinades for the Grill

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11 Easy Rubs and Marinades for the Grill

By Melinda Hershey, Staff Writer

Why buy a rub or marinade at the store when you can make it yourself using just a few simple ingredients? These DIY versions are as tasty as they are economical!


Simple All-Purpose Marinade

This simple marinade recipe is suitable for pretty much any kind of meat (or meat substitute)! We especially love it on chicken or steak.

Blackberry Salmon Marinade

This blackberry marinade will kick your summer barbecue up a notch! It works well with all meats, but we like it best with grilled salmon.

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Marinade

This sweet and spicy marinade will really take your grilled chicken to the next level! It's our go-to recipe for chicken tacos.

All-Purpose Meat Rub

You can probably make this all-purpose rub with ingredients you have in your pantry right now! We like it best on brisket or ribs.

4-Ingredient Chicken Teriyaki Marinade

This is the only teriyaki marinade recipe you'll ever need! All you need are four ingredients. We love it on grilled chicken or shrimp.

Salt-Free Fajita Rub

If you love fajitas, but are watching your sodium intake, try this salt-free rub! It lends a complex flavor to meat without the high sodium counts traditionally found in Mexican dishes.

Balsamic Date Marinade

Tangy balsamic and sweet dates make for a perfect combination in this easy marinade! Marinate chicken in this sauce overnight for a flavorful entree.

Dry Jerk Rub

Experience the smoky flavors of Jamaica with this dry jerk rub. We love it on chicken, pork or salmon.

Cajun Spice Rub

This salt-free spicy Cajun rub is delicious on grilled shrimp! You can also use it to give your jambalaya an extra kick.

Kickin' Chicken Rub

This crowd-pleasing chicken rub gets its depth of flavor from Greek seasoning. Turn up the heat by adding more cayenne pepper!

Best BBQ Dry Rub

Instead of the usual barbecue sauce, try this dry BBQ rub! When grilled, it forms a wonderful caramelized crust on the meat. It's perfect on pork or chicken.

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