4 simple marinades for New Zealand pork using pantry staples

A pork chop or steak tastes great simply seasoned with salt and pepper, but they also lend themselves to all kinds of marinades, making them a versatile pick of meat for any cuisine.
Some benefits of marinating NZ pork include:
  • Helping to tenderise pork
  • Adding caramelisation to pork
  • Boosting flavour without overpowering natural flavour
  • Adapting your pork to suit the cuisine.

The longer you marinate your pork the more the flavours will soak in and make it even more tender. But if you are short on time, even a quick marinade can add and enhance flavour.

To help inspire your next barbecue, here’s 4 simple marinades using pantry staples:

Whisk all the ingredients together before rubbing into your New Zealand pork chops or steak. Leave to marinate for at least 1 hour to 24 hours. The following are general quantities to marinate about 4 pork chops or steaks, but feel free to experiment with measurements for your own taste.

Honey, soy, ginger and garlic

2 Tbsp honey

2 Tbsp soy sauce

Knob of ginger, grated

1 clove of garlic, minced

Paprika, garlic, brown sugar and oil

2 tsp smoked paprika

1 clove of garlic, minced

1 Tbsp brown sugar

2 Tbsp olive oil

Garlic, cumin, chilli, paprika and lime

1 clove garlic, minced

½ tsp cumin

½ tsp chili powder

½ tsp paprika

Juice of ½ lime

Mustard, oil, garlic and rosemary

1 Tbsp whole grain mustard

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 sprigs of rosemary, chopped

Salt and pepper

Looking for more marinade ideas? Find more here.

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