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Citrus Thyme Marinade Recipe

Citrus Thyme Marinade Recipe is bursting with flavor that pairs perfectly with chicken, beef, or pork! Our Citrus Thyme Basting/Marinade Sauce is one of our family’s very favorite recipes for grilling any variety of protein, plus we love it on vegetables too! Cooking outside on the grill makes for easy summer meals, which is perfect for grilled chicken, beef, pork, and vegetables, and they’re made even more AHhhh-mazing with our Citrus Thyme Basting and Marinade Sauce! 

As always, our Fit Friday with Miss Nichole from Pure Clean Fitness is today! So happy that she comes every week to share her awesome fitness knowledge with us! If you want check out more of our Fit Friday posts then CLICK HERE

Citrus Thyme Marinade Recipe is bursting with flavor that pairs perfectly with chicken, beef, or pork! by cookingwithruthie.com

Why we love Citrus Thyme Marinade Recipe

If you’re in a pinch and don’t have time to marinade your protein, then whip up this recipe for basting on the grill! After all, it is a little like cooking on the Mojave desert–dry, dry and hot, hot, hot!

Make sure to use your Citrus Thyme grilling sauce and apply it with each rotation so the protein stays nice and moist on the inside. 

Citrus Thyme Marinade Recipe is bursting with flavor that pairs perfectly with chicken, beef, or pork! by cookingwithruthie.com

Citrus Thyme Marinade Recipe & Tips and Tricks for Summer Grilling

  • Take meat out of fridge to bring it to room temperature for 20-30 minutes.  
  • Clean the BBQ grill grate with a metal scraper.
  • To reduce sticking spray generously with cooking spray before igniting grill so it does not flame up. 
  • Preheat your grill on high, scrape again if needed to remove any really tough to remove areas.  
  • Create heat zones for two stage cooking;
  • Stage One: heat one side of grill to high heat; sear the meat on each side for 2 minutes, rotating to get cross-hatching marks.
  • Stage Two: heat second side of grill to low or off; place the seared meat here until reaches desired temperature.
  • Invest in a high quality probe thermometer.
  • To get the best reading; probe the meat on the side inserting the probe into the center of the cut of meat.
  • Grilling is a little like cooking on the Mojave desert — dry, dry and hot, hot, hot!  Make sure to use your grilling sauce and apply it with each rotation so the protein stay nice and moist on the inside.
  • Once meat reaches 5 degrees below desired temperature move to a resting plate and tent with foil to keep warm without sweating.
  • Rest meat for 5 minutes to slow the juices.
  • Serve and Enjoy! 

Citrus Thyme Marinade Recipe is bursting with flavor that pairs perfectly with chicken, beef, or pork! by cookingwithruthie.com

Nichole with Fit Friday 

Fit Friday….Warrior Weekend…Healthy Habits Building, I haven’t decided how I am approaching the weekend. Have you? This has been a week of low motivation and burn out. I know if I can make it til school starts my life will start brighten. I have also found that if I have a  workout I am excited about my motivation comes a bit easier, I get in my workout, and I am always happier for it. So let’s throw out a new workout for this Fit Friday. 

I know it is still warm out but the night time temps start getting a little cooler in August, this means the morning temps are perfect for hitting the track! The track isn’t a new place for those of you that have been with me for a while, but we haven’t visited the track in a while so lace up your shoes and let’s go!
 

Citrus Thyme Marinade Recipe is bursting with flavor that pairs perfectly with chicken, beef, or pork! by cookingwithruthie.com

Yield: 6

Citrus Thyme Marinade Recipe

Citrus Thyme Marinade Recipe is bursting with flavor that pairs perfectly with chicken, beef, or pork! by cookingwithruthie.com
Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon raw sugar
  • 1 orange; juiced (approx 3/4 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoon fresh thyme (I use pineapple thyme)

Instructions

  1. Place protein in a large zip top plastic bag, fold zip top back to pour in marinade.
  2. In a small mixing bowl whisk together olive Oil, low sodium soy sauce, orange zest, orange juice, lemon juice, garlic, and thyme leaves.
  3. Reserve 1/3 cup of the marinade.
  4. Pour remaining marinade over protein, seal, and knead to coat well.
  5. Place in fridge for at least 45 minutes and up to 4 hours.
  6. To cook: remove protein and allow to come to room temperature for 20 minutes.
  7. Preheat grill on medium high (see tips in post for two stage grilling if desired) coat grate with cooking spray
  8. Grill protein approximately 15 minutes or until internal temperature reaches desired temperature.
  9. Repeated baste protein with remaining marinade while grilling to keep it moist.
  10. Tent protein with foil and allow to rest for 5 minutes- hold over cooking with complete the cook temperature to 5 degrees hotter without drying them out.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 116Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 506mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 2g

Enjoy our Citrus Thyme Marinade Recipe and these other grilling recipes too! 

Fire up the grill and enjoy our Citrus Thyme Marinade Recipe on your favorite protein! 

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