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A good, simple marinade for a Father’s Day BBQ

Fire up the BBQ – Father’s Day celebrates dad and the special men in your life. And, as they say, the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I’m not sure if that is the reality of the situation, but we certainly have fun trying!

Our little shop has been hopping busy, celebrating birthdays, anniversaries and showers … and, now, dad’s big day. Looking for unique handmade entertaining ideas can be a challenge. Thankfully, the area is brimming with local talent and artisans.

You will find many of them at the farmers’ markets and the Taste of Woolwich on Saturday. The best way to better our local economy is to support local businesses – and a good BBQ fits the bill on the way to a man’s heart.

For me, the best way to get to my guy is a game of golf and a yummy dinner. For the latter, a great marinade for chicken or pork is easy to make, full of flavour and stores for a long period of time. Serve with your favourite chutney or tropical fruit salsa.

Caribbean Chicken Marinade

2 Tbsp. sambal Oelek

1 Tbsp. of chopped ginger

1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped

4 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

4 Tbsp. fresh basil, chopped

3 Tbsp. fresh thyme, chopped

4 green onions sliced

1 tsp. ground pepper

4 limes juiced

4 oranges juiced

4 Tbsp. of balsamic vinegar

6 oz. Canadian yellow mustard

Mix all ingredients and store in a mason jar.

Pour marinade on chicken legs and allow to chill in the fridge for about two hours.

Preheat BBQ on low and place chicken legs on the grill – you will need to keep an eye on the legs so they don’t burn.

Cook until they reach a temperature of 165-170 F

Enjoy and Happy Father’s Day!

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