Our Top Summer Grilling Marinades

marinade-ingredientsWe are now well into grilling season here in Kansas City. While burgers and hotdogs may be overdone by now, there are still lots of other grilling options. McGonigle’s Market may be known for our steaks and barbecue, but we also know a thing or two about throwing together a dish with a different flair. Here are three of our favorite marinades to spice up your meals this summer.

Remember to use a marinade when you want to enhance the flavor of something, but not so much that you hide the taste of our top quality products. Soy based marinades work by increasing the temperature of meats, essentially beginning the cooking process during marinating. The acidity level of a vinegar based marinade breaks down tissue causing tenderness but also imparts bitterness. When soy and vinegar are added together you get a one-two punch that decreases marinade times.

Teriyaki Steak Marinade


  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup cooking sherry
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 heaping tablespoons minced ginger
  • 3 to 5 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes

Mix all the ingredients together until smooth. Coat your steak on both sides, and let it sit mostly immersed in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours. Then it’s time to get grilling!

Greek Chicken Marinade


  • 1/3 cup olive or grapeseed oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper


Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Place chicken into a large Ziploc bag. Pour marinade over chicken and massage chicken to ensure that all of the pieces are coated. Then place the bag of marinated chicken into the fridge for 4-6 hours (or overnight).

Cajun Jerk Marinade for Fish


  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, grated
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 tablespoon thyme, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon allspice
  • 3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dark rum
  • 1/2 orange, juice and zest
  • 1 lime, juice and zest

Combine all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Place fish or shrimp in a large ziplock bag, and pour marinade over. Let fish or shrimp sit in refrigerator for 20 minutes to overnight.

Head down to McGonigle’s Market’s grocery aisle at the corner of Ward Parkway and 79th Street to pick up all of the ingredients you need to make these three awesome marinades, as well as the meat to grill!

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