If you're going to go through the trouble of firing up the grill, you may as well be sure that what you're throwing on that grill is as good as it can be. It's true that a simple brat hot off the barbecue or char-grilled vegetables seasoned with nothing more than a sprinkling of salt and oil can often taste better than a five-star meal. But, with the use of a simple marinade recipe, you can step up your grilling game dramatically (and easily).
Marinade recipes normally consist of no more than five ingredients that are quickly thrown together -- which means you have no excuse not to make one. And if you give your chicken or steak at least 30 minutes to sit in the marinade (though the longer the better), you'll see exactly how great these marinade recipes can be.