July is grilling month, and avid grillers know that
marinades can make all the difference. A delicious marinade needs just a few
key ingredients: Acid, fat, flavor, and, of course, time. Though we typically
use vinegar or lemon juice for the acid to soften and flavor the meat we are
marinating, we can also use berries, which are acidic and supply delicious
flavor. The nutrient-dense berries also add antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals
to your meal. If you are up for some grilling adventure, check out these 7
berry marinades for your next barbecue.
1. For a marinade with a kick, check out this Sweet
Heat Blueberry Marinade. The subtle flavors of blueberries combined with
the honey and cayenne pepper will impress your guests and have them coming back
for seconds. You can substitute Superberries Aronia berries for the blueberries
in this recipe to create an even bolder flavor.
2. For a bright, sweet taste, check out this Raspberry
Aronia Balsamic Glaze. The sweet acidity of the raspberries and the tannic
flavor of the Aronia berries pair beautifully with the balsamic vinegar to
create a complex flavor profile. This recipe calls for raspberry jam, but if
you want a less-sweet glaze, use fresh aroniaberries and then use sugar to
sweeten to taste.
3. This pork chop
recipe uses blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries to create an
exciting marinade. These berries are high in antioxidants and other vitamins
and minerals, so this recipe not only tastes great, but it provides some
healthy superfood benefits as well. Adding Aronia berries deepens the flavor
profile and adds more antioxidants to this healthy marinade.
4. To really kick up the flavor, try this Spicy
Salsa Verde and Juniper Berry Marinade. Juniper berries are not true
berries, but they contain Vitamin C, antioxidants, and other important
nutrients, just like their namesakes. The juniper berries provide a citrusy
evergreen taste. If that’s not to your liking, substitute blueberries for a
more subtle flavor, blackberries for tartness, or Aronia berries for a more
5. This Aronia berry
barbecue sauce recipe is packed with flavor and healthy nutrients. You can
use it as a marinade before you grill, to baste while grilling, or as a
delicious topping. It also makes a vibrant sauce for a barbecue pizza.
6. If you’re looking
for a multi-purpose recipe, try this Aronia
Berry-Honey Vinaigrette. Not only does it pair well with your salad, but
you can use it for a marinade or a glaze for your grilled meats.
7. This recipe for Grilled
Chicken with Blackberry Sweet and Sour Sauce uses blackberry preserves and
fresh blackberries for bold flavor and interesting texture. If you don’t have
blackberries, you can substitute other tart berries such as mulberries,
gooseberries, or Aronia berries.
No matter which recipe you try, you are sure to create a
meal everyone will love. Not only can you experiment with your own favorite
flavor combinations in this way, but you can incorporate the flavors of the
summer into your meals all year long.