Beer-Brine BBQ Marinade

Posted by on 2014 Jul 2nd with No Comments

My philosophy on cooking is “keep it simple using good technique.” You don’t need all the fancy equipment and ingredients from all over the world to produce a great dish. This Summer BBQ marinade is simple and easy to put together, but it can really improve the flavor or anything you throw on the grill this Summer.  Good brine can make the difference between good BBQ and outstanding BBQ. Try this simple recipe on fish, chicken, or pork for some great flavor all summer long.


  • 4 cups of good ale (I only use beer I would drink!)
  • 1/2 cup sea salt
  • 1/2 brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pickling spice
  • 1 garlic clove (smashed)
  • 2 Serrano chilies (sliced lengthwise)

Place all ingredients in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Make sure sugar is dissolved and chill brine.

A few guidelines on length of time for some popular cuts of meat:

  • Pork Belly= 24 hours
  • Whole Chicken= 24 hours
  • 8-way chicken= 8 hours
  • Fish= 2 hours
  • Pork Shoulder= 24/32 hours (depending on size)
  • Beef steaks such as New York, T-bone, Flat Iron= 6 hours


Remember to have fun grilling this summer and tailor the recipe to what you like! You can always email me at with your questions, and I hope you enjoy this subtle addition to your summer cookouts!

Happy Cooking,

-Marc Therrien, Executive Chef at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

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