Summer may be grilling season, but for amazing food, you need to have rubs, marinades, and sauces all year long. A tasty marinade is essential to getting flavor inside a pressed block of tofu or a bunch of vegetables and turning them from bland to BAM! Dry spice rubs not only add spice, but when you cook the food, you get a delicious crusty coating. BBQ sauces are a much needed ingredient in summer, but even if it’s raining or cold, you can make awesome BBQ dishes indoors, on a grill pan, or in the oven.
Before you dunk your tofu into a marinade of soy sauce or bottled salad dressing, before you head to the store to buy pre-made BBQ sauces or spice blends, think about making your own. It’s as easy as knowing what flavor profile you want and then mixing the right ingredients together to get it. Here are 10 ideas for awesome BBQ sauces, rubs, and marinades. For even more ideas, check out my articles on How to Add Ethnic Flavors to Your Dishes and How to Stock Your Spice Cabinet for Delicious Vegan Cooking.