basic marinade question

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by stubborn, Jul 17, 2009.

  1. stubborn

    stubborn Fire Starter

    When marinading, do you poke holes in the meat prior to putting it in the marinade? The thought behind this is that it would allow the marinade into the meat for better flavor.

    Then again, I'm new to all this , so what do I know?
     
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    The meat will absorb the marinade without poking holes in it. If your gonna poke holes in it then just inject it.
     
  3. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I never do. Puncturing the meat just increases the risk for contamination, unless sterile tools are used. Even when injecting a marinade, you should be sure to keep everything sterile, as you should with sausage making.

    The marinade will pass into the surface of the meat, but, don't expect deep penetration without long exposure (12-24 hrs).

    Eric
     
  4. desertlites

    desertlites Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    never poke your meat ( you'll go blind)meat will take on marinade without poking-poking will extract the juice instead of leaving it in the meat= dry meat-Injecting is a good way to go small hole and liqued added if a thick cut-If thin cut just a 24 hr marinade will do.
     
  5. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Words of wisdom and simplicity.
     
  6. stubborn

    stubborn Fire Starter

    After this many years, if I was gonna go blind, I would be there already[​IMG]...

    Thanks for the responses. I'll marninade without holing the meat.
     

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