Hannah’s BBQ Marinade

My teenaged daughter is the official Marinade maker in our house.  She has a recipe that is so simple yet has all of our friends salivating when the smell of our BBQ wafts into their homes.

Hannah’s recipe is great for marinating beef, pork, or chicken.  This makes enough to marinate 4 packages of short ribs or 2 slabs of ribs or a 5-pound bag of chicken.

Hannah’s BBQ Marinade 


  • 1 1/2 cups soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 can soda (your choice–sometimes Hannah uses Pepsi, Coke, Dr. Pepper or Root beer)
  • 1/4 cup good quality honey (we buy ours from a local Colorado bee farm)
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 small apple, cored, and puréed in a blender or mixer
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

1.  Mix all the ingredients together.

2.  Place your meat in a ziplock bag.  Pour the marinade into the bag then seal.  Allow the meat to marinate for a few hours or overnight before grilling.



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  1. Anna Smithwick says:

    What does the soda do?

  2. Ivanna Beatty says:

    The ingredients make my mouth water, I’m definitely gonna try it out. I’m sure it’s great!

  3. SYLVIA ann BOOMHOWER says:

    We should all be thankful for people who are born with the talent to cook and contrive such magical sauces. I thank you.

  4. Roland Quidachay says:

    I wish I had Hannah’s culinary and marinating skills. As a teenager I grew up eating hot dogs and raw spaghetti noodles. I would love to have Hannah on my cooking show that is sponsored by the FOX Network.

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