The fruit juice, mustard, and brown sugar create an ultra-savory marinade for meat, poultry, or seafood. You can make the marinade bolder with the help of a red-hot combination of real herbs, spices, and honey, while it often makes exotic use of the barbecue but delivers a divine aroma that it relishes.



  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and cubed
  • ¼ cup chopped lemongrass (from 3 stalks)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 piece (1 inch) fresh ginger, sliced
  • 1 fresh red finger chili, thinly sliced
  • 3 whole star anises
  • ½ cup water, lukewarm only
  • ¼ cup tamari or regular soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey, optional
  • 1-3 teaspoons black pepper, optional


  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the apple, lemongrass, garlic, ginger, chili, and star anise. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, especially including honey and black pepper, and bring to a simmer.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes before use.
  4. Spoon, funnel, or pour contents from the fruit-based marinade into a fresh plastic or glass jar and reserve this in the refrigerator.

Nutritional Information Edit

Servings: 3 cups or 3-5 tablespoons

Videos Edit

Apple Marinade Recipe

Apple Marinade Recipe

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