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Question: "Can I use an IPA for a Marinade?" The Deck Chef answer: "Heck Yea! Grab a couple of IPA's, your favorite seasoning rub, and follow me!"

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Apple Butter Marinade & Sauce Do you want to add some extra flavor to your pork chops? Do you have some apple butter in the fridge. Guess what? These two thing come together for great taste with little fuss. And, you can use apple butter one other items and as an ingredient for marinades, sauces and more.


It's not just for Toast!
Not that there is anything wrong with apple butter on toast or on a hot cat head biscuit! But why stop there? You can use this sweet apple flavored sauce on all kinds of items besides biscuits and pork chops. In fact, check out these bullet points.

  • It's easy and add flavor fast.
  • It's not as sodium laden store marinades or sauces.
  • With a few simple ingredient changes you can convert a simple marinade to a barbecue sauce and even a dipping sauce.

The great thing is that the recipes are endless. You can just start with some apple butter and a few cuts of meat or you can jazz things up a bit and start adding additional ingredients. You really can't go wrong.

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bellyflopcoverlowSo, What is apple butter good with?
Apple butter based marinades and sauces really complement cuts of meat such as pork and chicken. But you can also use it on beef and lamb. Seafood may not be the best choice unless you are looking for a sweeter taste than you would normally associate with other meats. That being said, a nice hearty mixture of apple butter, some seasonings and a craft Porter beer would probably make a great drizzle sauce for salmon grilled on cedar planks.

The good thing about using apple butter with pork is that the flavor really sinks in and complements the texture of pork.

APPLE BUTTER MARINADE
1 cup apple butter
2 tablespoons apple vinegar
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons black pepper
Combine all of the ingredients and place your choice of meat cuts and marinade in a zip close bag. Roll with your hands to coat evenly. Chill for one - two hours. Remove from bag, discard excess marinade. Grill or cook as desired.

APPLE BUTTER SPICY DIPPING SAUCE
1 cup apple butter
1/3 cup ketchup
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup yellow mustard
1/4 cup minced onion
2 tablespoons hot sauce
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
Combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and serve as a dipping sauce. Perfect for fondue style dipping for everything from vegetables to cuts of meat including beef, chicken and more.

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