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Make-Ahead Grilling Primer

Start two days—or just two hours—ahead with our spectacular grilling planner.

Make-Ahead Grilling Timeline

48 Hours Ahead

Tip: The more salt or acidity in your marinade, the faster it will work.
Recipe to Try: Provençal Leg of Lamb

Tip: A simple paste made with oil and spices can be rubbed on tofu two days in advance.
Recipe to Try: Spiced-Tofu Sandwiches

Make-Ahead Grilling: Balsamic-Marinated Flank Steak Recipe
Balsamic-Marinated Flank Steak Recipe
Photo © Lucas Allen.

24 Hours Ahead

Tip: A balsamic vinaigrette doubles as a marinade. During a 24-hour soak, steak picks up enormous flavor.
Recipe to Try: Balsamic-Marinated Flank Steak

Tip: Add spices and herbs to brines for extra flavor.
Recipe to Try: Asian-Brined Cornish Hens

Same Day

Tip: The calcium in yogurt tenderizes food fast, so meat and fish don’t need to marinate for long.
Recipe to Try: Tandoori Salmon


F&W’s Summer Grilling Guide: Apple-Glazed Barbecued Baby Back Ribs
Summer Grilling Guide: Apple-Glazed Barbecued Baby Back Ribs
Photo © Quentin Bacon.

slideshow F&W’s Summer Grilling Guide

Published June 2012
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