Food is just part of the experience when you’re camping and most of it is prepared on the grill. These days, there are plenty of easy recipes for marinades to boost the flavor of your food and change things up a bit. Marinades are not just for meat, either, so we’ll share a veggie version as well.
Basic Meat Marinade
Choose a tightly sealed container (plastic zippered bag, glass jar or plastic container with lid) and add the following:
1/3 cup oil (options: virgin olive oil, canola oil, sesame oil or vegetable oil)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons of sugar or honey
1 teaspoon chopped garlic (if desired) or you can use 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder.
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
Other seasonings as desired (cracked black pepper, salt, red pepper flakes, etc.)
Add in 3 to 4 pounds of meat (slice thinly or leave, cut in cubes, or leave whole according to what you’re planning for dinner).
Allow the meat to marinade in this mixture for four hours or so, or even overnight and cook as desired. The more time the meat marinates, the more tender and flavorful it will be when it’s served.
Basic Vegetable Marinade
4 to 6 baking-sized potatoes scrubbed and sliced into bite sized pieces.
You can use carrots, celery, green pepper, zucchini, and mushrooms or any of your favorite varieties of vegetable to take the place of the potatoes in whole, or in part.
1 package of dry onion soup mix
1/3 cup oil
One 12 ounce can of beer, if desired.
Marinate your veggie blend for at least two hours and then you can cook them any way you prefer. Bake them in foil packs, or skewer them on sticks. They will be delicious and very satisfying.
Special Note: When preparing chicken or pork, pre-cook the meat and brush the marinade in the meat as it’s cooking for the best results.
Adjust these recipes to your family’s tastes and preferences.