Barbecue season calls for marinades. And with the right ones, you can play culinary geography.
Two tablespoons of marinade are generally enough to coat, but not soak, a pound of food. The liquid ingredients form the basis; add one or more seasonings to suit your own taste.
Marinating times differ: most fish needs 30 minutes to one hour at most; chicken calls for one to two hours; meats, one to 24 hours.
Refrigerate any food marinated for more than an hour, turning it at least once in the marinade.