13 Drool Worthy (and Better-For-You) Barbecue Sauces and Marinades

Vegans and meat eaters, check out these homemade marinades and barbecue sauces for your grill this summer.

When grilling this summer, nothing beats homemade BBQ sauces! Check out these 13 Drool Worthy and Better For You Barbecue Sauces and Marinades @tspbasil

It’s grilling time, it’s grilling time! So, let’s talk about delicious AND healthier ways to flavor your beef, chicken, tofu, seafood and vegetables with ingredients in your pantry.

Much like salad dressings, making your own sauces and marinades doesn’t have to be complicated and 9 times out 10, your homemade concoction is going taste so much better than anything you could get in a bottle.

And I don’t know about you, but I tend to get in a rut with both homemade salad dressings and marinade recipes – I’ll use the same basic formula for a stretch and then my taste buds are begging for some variety.

So, I figured it was time to get a homemade grilling sauce & marinade recipe round-up going to prevent any barbecue repeats and expand my grilling horizons this summer.

13 Drool Worthy + Better For You BBQ Sauces + Marinades @tspbasil Click To Tweet

I turned to my foodie dietitian and healthy living blogger pals for their favorite sauces and marinades for meat, chicken, seafood, tofu and vegetables. And they did not disappoint!

The best thing about all these recipes is that they are almost all interchangeable. Don’t eat pork? Try the Serena’s Rhubarbecue Sauce on chicken or tofu. Want to eat more veggies? Grill up some zucchini, tomato and pepper kabobs and try Jessica’s Herb Sauce on them instead of just the chicken.

Whether you are a vegan or a carnivore or somewhere in between, there’s a recipe here for you!

13 Drool-Worthy and Better for You Barbecue Sauces + Marinades: Steak Tacos with Nectarine Salsa
Soy Marinaded Steak Tacos – Jessica @Nutritioulicious
Cranberry Chipotle Barbecue Sauce – Rebecca @Rebecca Scritchfield
Grilled Spicy & Tangy Ribs – Amanda @The Nutritionist Reviews

13 Drool-Worthy and Better for You Barbecue Sauces + Marinades: Cilantro Lime Yogurt ChickenChicken:
Cilantro Lime Yogurt Chicken Marinade – Katie @Mom’s Kitchen Handbook
Lemon Garlic Chicken Marinade -Wendie @Pantry Doctor
Summer Chicken Kebabs with Herb Sauce – Jessica @Nutritioulicious

13 Drool-Worthy and Better for You Barbecue Sauces + Marinades: Grilled Scrumptious Salmon Salad
Grilled Scrumptious Salmon Salad –  Jen @Down to Earth Dietitian
Hawaiian Shrimp Marinade – Ann & Lesley @My Menu Pal

13 Drool-Worthy and Better for You Barbecue Sauces + Marinades: Sweet & Spicy Habanero BBQ Sauce
Sweet & Spicy Habanero BBQ Sauce – Liz @Shaw’s Simple Swaps
Rhubarbecue Sauce – Serena @Teaspoon of Spice
Brandy Marinade – Sarah @Family. Food. Fiesta

13 Drool-Worthy and Better for You Barbecue Sauces + Marinades: Grilled Zucchini with Olive Mustard Marinade
Olive Mustard Marinade – Serena @Teaspoon of Spice
Spicy Honey Lime Marinade – Amanda @The Nutritionist Reviews

What’s your favorite food to grill in the summer? What barbecue sauces or marinade recipes do you like to use – I’m always looking for more ideas so please share!


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