pwwb all-purpose grilling marinade

equal parts zesty, sweet & spicy, this all-purpose grill marinade hits on all of the right notes. brown sugar lends the perfect amount of sweetness to help create an addictively caramelized crust on whatever you’re grilling, & pantry spices like chili powder & smoked paprika add just the right amount of kick.Equal parts zesty, sweet & spicy, this all-purpose grill marinade hits on all of the the right notes. Brown sugar lends the perfect amount of sweetness to help create an addictively caramelized crust on whatever you’re grilling, & pantry spices like chili powder & smoked paprika add just the right amount of kick. #playswellwithbutter #marinaderecipe #easymarinade #grillingrecipes #steakmarinade #chickenmarinade #porkmarinade #vegetablemarinade

don’t forget to pin this easy all-purpose grill marinade recipe for later!!!

one easy marinade recipe for perfect grilled chicken, steak, pork, veggies & more!

there’s a reason why this is our pwwb house marinade! made with pantry ingredients you likely keep on hand at all times, this all-purpose grill marinade is easy to whip up on a complete whim (without any extra trips to the grocery store!). plus, you can use it on pretty much anything & it’ll be completely delicious.

we’re completely obsessed…& i’m pretty sure that you will be too!  

all-purpose grill marinade ingredientsEqual parts zesty, sweet & spicy, this all-purpose grill marinade hits on all of the the right notes. Brown sugar lends the perfect amount of sweetness to help create an addictively caramelized crust on whatever you’re grilling, & pantry spices like chili powder & smoked paprika add just the right amount of kick. #playswellwithbutter #marinaderecipe #easymarinade #grillingrecipes #steakmarinade #chickenmarinade #porkmarinade #vegetablemarinade

don’t forget to pin this easy all-purpose grill marinade recipe for later!!!

one of my favorite parts of this all-purpose grill marinade recipe is that it’s made with ingredients we almost always have in our pantry:

  • olive oil
  • brown sugar
  • apple cider vinegar
  • soy sauce
  • worcestershire sauce
  • garlic
  • & some of my favorite spices: chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, & a pinch of cayenne

the flavors come together seriously perfectly. the acv, soy sauce & worcestershire add a great zestiness that flavors the meat inside out. the all the spices help amp up the smoky flavor you get from the grill. & the brown sugar? it’s the secret to creating crusty & charred bits of goodness you crave whenever you grill chicken, beef, or pork. 

how to use this all-purpose grill marinade recipe:Equal parts zesty, sweet & spicy, this all-purpose grill marinade hits on all of the the right notes. Brown sugar lends the perfect amount of sweetness to help create an addictively caramelized crust on whatever you’re grilling, & pantry spices like chili powder & smoked paprika add just the right amount of kick. #playswellwithbutter #marinaderecipe #easymarinade #grillingrecipes #steakmarinade #chickenmarinade #porkmarinade #vegetablemarinade

don’t forget to pin this easy all-purpose grill marinade recipe for later!!!

this all-purpose grilling marinade goes well with pretty much everything, hence its name! a few of our favorite ways to use it include:

  • grilled chicken
  • grilled steaks
  • grilled pork chops
  • grilled kebabs
  • grilled veggies (bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, & sweet potatoes…mmm!)

Equal parts zesty, sweet & spicy, this all-purpose grill marinade hits on all of the the right notes. Brown sugar lends the perfect amount of sweetness to help create an addictively caramelized crust on whatever you’re grilling, & pantry spices like chili powder & smoked paprika add just the right amount of kick. #playswellwithbutter #marinaderecipe #easymarinade #grillingrecipes #steakmarinade #chickenmarinade #porkmarinade #vegetablemarinade

don’t forget to pin this easy all-purpose grill marinade recipe for later!!!

my personal favorite way to put this all-purpose grill marinade recipe to use? marinate some chicken thighs & sweet potatoes (separately to avoid cross-contamination). grill them both over medium-high heat until crusty & charred. serve the grilled chicken & sweet potatoes alongside a simple salad, & be sure to sprinkle everything with some freshly snipped chives – yum!

grill marinade tips & tricks:

  • meal prep tip: if i know i want to use this all-purpose grilling marinade later in the week, i’ll whip up up a batch on sunday night or whenever i’m meal prepping for the week. it only takes 5 minutes, & storing it in a jar or airtight container in the refrigerator helps the flavors meld together even more. the night before you want to use it, simply pour the marinade over whatever meat or veggies you’re grilling up. so easy!
  • make it vegan: use your favorite vegan-friendly worcestershire sauce (this is my go-to!), or double up on soy sauce & omit worcestershire sauce altogether.

Equal parts zesty, sweet & spicy, this all-purpose grilling marinade hits on all of the the right notes. Brown sugar lends the perfect amount of sweetness to help create an addictively caramelized crust on whatever you’re grilling, & pantry spices like chili powder & smoked paprika add just the right amount of kick. #playswellwithbutter #marinaderecipe #easymarinade #grillingrecipes #steakmarinade #chickenmarinade #porkmarinade #vegetablemarinade

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Equal parts zesty, sweet & spicy, this all-purpose grilling marinade hits on all of the the right notes. Brown sugar lends the perfect amount of sweetness to help create an addictively caramelized crust on whatever you’re grilling, & pantry spices like chili powder & smoked paprika add just the right amount of kick. #playswellwithbutter #marinaderecipe #easymarinade #grillingrecipes #steakmarinade #chickenmarinade #porkmarinade #vegetablemarinade

pwwb all-purpose grill marinade


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Equal parts zesty, sweet & spicy, this all-purpose grilling marinade hits on all of the the right notes. Brown sugar lends the perfect amount of sweetness to help create an addictively caramelized crust on whatever you’re grilling, & pantry spices like chili powder & smoked paprika add just the right amount of kick. 


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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds meat or veggies of choice
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup brown sugar, loosely packed
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (see Recipe Notes, below)
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • optional: pinch cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Mix the all-purpose grill marinade: Add the olive oil, brown sugar, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, chili powder, paprika, Kosher salt, ground black pepper, & a pinch of cayenne pepper, if using, to a bowl or jar. Whisk or shake to combine.
  2. Marinate: Pour the all-purpose marinade over your meat or veggies of choice. Marinate for at least 6 hours or up to overnight.
  3. Grill as desired. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Make it vegan: use your favorite vegan-friendly Worcestershire sauce (this is my go-to!), or double up on soy sauce & omit Worcestershire sauce altogether.
  • Meal prep tip: if I know I want to use this all-purpose grilling marinade later in the week, I’ll whip up up a batch on Sunday night or whenever I’m meal prepping for the week. It only takes 5 minutes, & storing it in a jar or airtight container in the refrigerator helps the flavors meld together even more. the night before you want to use it, simply pour the marinade over whatever meat or veggies you’re grilling up. So easy!
  • Category: sauces & condiments
  • Method: marinade
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: all-purpose grill marinade, all-purpose marinade, grilled chicken marinade, grilled pork chop marinade, steak marinade

don’t forget to pin this all-purpose grill marinade recipe for later!!!

About jess

i help modern gals turn everyday moments into celebrations with recipes that are just as easy as they are elegant.

2 Comments

  1. Hi! Just FYI your instructions for step 1 say “maple syrup” instead of brown sugar. 😊

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