10:32 AM As soon as I think about summer, I think about BBQs. Don’t you agree? A perfect summer day feels incomplete when there’s no cozy get together with the best meat and food. Nowadays one can grill anything – still, I am more into the old school type of BBQing. I enjoy the pinkest steak sizzling on the grill, while I already dream about fluffy and burnt marshmallows. Some iced tea and more meat. There’s nothing better than grilled meat! (Sorry vegetarians) Spicy flavors, nice rubs, or just a hint of garlic butter – oh yeah, I’m down. 

Since my style of grilling is very old school, super simple, and not really inspiring to share, I thought that this year’s BBQ season needs a little upgrade. I want to treat myself, my senses, and also try something new which you can also add to your BBQ party. I tried 3 different rubs or marinades which turned out so good… I am mad that I didn’t have these ideas earlier! 
One thing I am tired seeing at BBQs are chicken breasts or boring chicken skewers. They taste good… but if someone offers me a nice medium-rare steak, I drop the chicken as fast as I can.

I still don’t want to exclude chicken from BBQs and that’s why these marinades today are the perfect help to make your chicken play the rockstar again. I also recommend using these for a sexy piece of lamb (but I have no experience with pork, since I am not into pork – beef, in my opinion, shouldn’t enjoy a rub. In my world I enjoy it with some salt and pepper!) If you have any meat at home that you want to try one of the marinades with, go ahead and please share! 
Chicken definitely wins so far, but I am ready to hear what kind of meat you like to enjoy these with! Maybe someone out there can surprise pluse inspire me! 

Let’s get it started. 


YOU NEED 4 bay leaves + 2 garlic cloves + 1 inch ginger + 1 onion + 1/2 teaspoon all spice + 4 stalks scallions + 2 chillis + 4 branches thyme + 2 tablespoons soy sauce + 2 teaspoons pepper + 3 tablespoons brown sugar + 1 teaspoon cloves + 2 teaspoons salt + 2 tablespoons oil 

1. Take out a cutting board and cut the garlic cloves and the onion first. Make sure to cut it as fine as you can, since no one want to chew on big pieces. 
2. Continue cutting the scallions, the chillis (remove the seeds!), and also the ginger. 
3. In a bowl, mix together all the wet ingredients with the herbs and spices. Give it a good stir. 
4. Now add our beautifully chopped vegetable and blend it one more time! 
5. You can now glaze your meat with this marinade, but you can also put in a glass box with your preferred meat and let it rest overnight so all the flavors can dive into the meat. 
6. Option two: prepare your vegetables, cut them, and add them with the rest to a blender and mix it until you have a smooth and wet marinade. Blender friendly recipes can help you out if you are in a hurry and still you have the same results as if you’d prepare this in the traditional way. 


YOU NEED 2 tablespoons sriracha + 4 apricots + optional some brown sugar 

1. Let’s keep the blender out. This is my favorite quickie. 
2. Wash the apricots and if the skin is not looking inviting, make sure to remove it. If your apricots are organic and their skin looks fine, keep it and just cut the apricots into tiny chunks. 
3. Throw the chunks in your blender and add 1 tablespoon of sriracha. Mix everything on a high volume 
4. Taste it. Not spicy enough? Add one more tablespoon of sriracha! 
5. Mix it one more time and if you feel like there is a certain feeling of sweetness missing, add 1 teaspoon of brown sugar which gives the sauce a little caramel flavor and also while grilling you will have a sticky sexiness appearing! 
6. This marinade is so good to prepare one day ahead! Also if you don’t have apricots at home…play with other summer fruits: oranges, peaches, plums, cherries… 
7. Ready to eat! Give me my meat! 


YOU NEED 3 passionfruits + a pinch of salt + 1-2 teaspoons of oil + lemon juice from 1 lemon + 2 tablespoons honey 

1. Take out a cutting board and take care of the passion fruits first. Cut them into halves and scrape out all the delicious fruit meat with the seeds. 
2. Hey, where’s the blender? Get your buddy over here, let’s do another quickie! Put the oil, lemon juice, salt, honey inside and add slowly the passion fruit. 
3. Mix the ingredients until a beautiful glaze accrues. Give it a taste. 
4. It could happen that your passion fruit is a bit bitter and not super ripe yet – add more honey to balance everything! 
5. I like to add a little bit of lemon zest at the end which will be also a nice decoration on your piece of meat! 
6. Let's start glaziiiing! 

Just by writing these recipes down, I feel like I’m hungry again. It’s torture! What do you think about these marinades?

I tried to give you something simple like a Jamaican Jerk seasoning which I love to eat all year around… but also mix it up with things that everyone has in their pantry! Especially during summer, it is so much fun to experience with seasonal fruits and including them in our dinner time. If you never had apricots or passion fruit before, no problem. Experiment. Use different fruits. The best thing about these ideas above is that you can be super spontaneous – prepare them now or a day before. They don’t cost a lot and also you save a lot of time, since everything can be done with the help of a blender! 

Happy BBQing, lovebirds ~

*Boys and girls, write down the new vocabulary you have learned today: Lasur — glaze.