~ A good marinate will add moisture, flavor and tenderize your meats. Essential ingredients are an oil and an acid (vinegar, tomato or fruit juice, wine) – buttermilk and yogurt work well for both the acidic agent and oil too, especially nice for poultry.
~ Substitute minced onion or sliced green onions in place of garlic. For easy additions, add a tsp. or two of brown sugar for a bit of extra sweetness, a squirt (Tblsp) of Dijon Mustard adds zing, or a pinch of your favorite herbs – basil, thyme, or an Italian blend, makes this one all your own.
~ CAUTION: Marinating chicken may shorten grill time, so keep an eye on it. And try to avoid marinating chicken for longer than four hours, some marinade combos may make meat mushy or tough – an hour or two is generally long enough to achieve tasty results without over doing.