Three Tips For Quick And Easy Grilling Flavor

Slabs of BBQ Spare ribs

Are you overthinking your recipes and ingredients when it comes to grilling?

Not every recipe needs extensive prep time or a list of exotic ingredients. Hey, we’re all for great flavor and trying new things with fresh items from the market. But, we’re also all about quick and easy recipes after a long day. Here are three quick and easy flavor tips for your grilling notebook that won’t drain your wallet.


If you’re low on your favorite store bought marinade then look towards your fridge or pantry for a quick and easy substitute. Items such as wine, beer, orange juice, as well as other citrus juices; all make for amazing marinades. How about apple juice, or even old fashioned apple butter, as a marinade and baste for pork tenderloin?


Have you ever read a rub recipe and thought that you would have to buy ten or so seasonings to make it? If you’re like me you probably have a kitchen packed with all kinds of spices and rubs that have accumulated over the years. So, why buy something new? Try this. Grab three of your favorite spices, put some of each in a bowl, and suddenly you have a rub. And, if you don’t have a ton of spices then maybe you have a packed of taco mix. That packet can be used as a rub for your new signature Tex-Mex style ribs or chicken thighs.

Flavored Butter

Don’t underestimate the flavor of a quick and easy flavored butter. Grab some butter or margarine and add a few spices or simply some garlic. There are countless combinations for flavored butter. Mix the butter with the spices of your choice and chill. I roll my butter in wax paper so I can chill it and form a nice stick. Or, just keep it in the bowl. You can use flavored butter on steaks, pork, chicken, and even fish.

Quick and Easy Butter & Honey Barbecue Sauce

Here’s a great example of quick and easy flavor! This recipe can be made with simple ingredients that you probably have in the kitchen right now.

  • 1 cup store-bought barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup any citrus juice
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • Dash ginger
  • Dash garlic
  • Mix all in a saucepan and simmer. Let cool to thicken.

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