Marinating Magic


By: Michael Keller

Marinades are a delicious way to add zest to grilling! Marinades are normally used on less tender cuts like Chuck Steaks, Chuck Eye Steaks, Family Barbecue Steaks or London Broil. If you are searching for something different, marinades add flavor and moisture to any meat. The basic ingredient is a natural acid, such as citrus fruit juice, tomatoes, vinegar, or wine used to flavor, tenderize, and make the meat easier to digest. For a health boost, season your marinade with antioxidant rich ingredients like hot peppers, herbs, spices, vegetable puree, or honey. Marinate meat from 2 to 24 hours. For less tender cuts, 24 hours is best. Try grilling vegetables (marinated separately) alongside meat.

Mix ingredients in a non-corrosive container, such as glass or plastic, small enough for the marinade to cover the meat (if not, turn the meat every hour). A tightly sealed plastic bag works well. Refrigerate meats during marinating. Never taste, or reuse marinades that have been mixed with raw meat. My family carries a line of delicious, ready to use marinades that make meal preparation easy. My favorites are: Keller’s Bourbon Peppercorn Steak Slather, Keller’s Raspberry Chipolte Sauce and Keller’s Sizzlin’ Habanero BBQ sauce. Give them a try – coat all sides of the meat with the sauce, straight out of the bottle. Meat does not need to be submerged when using thick sauce that sticks. We also carry a variety of natural soy sauces with no MSG and a huge selection of natural spices. Turkey is a healthy, tasty option for grilling. One of the lowest calorie, lowest cholesterol, highest protein meats, a three-ounce serving of breast contains 99 calories, 26 grams protein, one gram fat and zero saturated fat. Additionally, turkey steaks, thighs, drumsticks and ground turkey are all delicious, convenient ways to enjoy delicious grilled turkey.

• 4 Keller’s Turkey Drumsticks
• 1/3 cup Lemon Juice
• 2/3 cup Brown Sugar
• 2/3 cup Soy Sauce
• 2 cups Water
• Combine ingredients. Marinate. Place on grill rack, not directly over heat. Grill with lid closed 45 minutes to 1 hour, until tender but no longer pink.

• 1 1/2 pounds Keller’s Turkey Steaks
• 1/2 cup Soy Sauce
• 1/4 cup Olive oil
• 2 teaspoon Sugar
• 1 teaspoon Ginger
• 1 teaspoon Ground Mustard
• 2 cloves crushed Garlic
• Combine ingredients. Marinate. Grill 6 to 8 minutes per side. Turkey is done when there is no pink in the center.