Mesquite is a legume plant that is found in the northern part of Mexico. The bean pods can be ground into flour and used for breads to add a sweet taste. As a marinade it gives a sweet smoky flavor to meats.
For best results, marinate the meat for 24 hours in the refrigerator and allow it to cool completely before grilling.
Yields 3 cups
1 cup olive oil
1 cup rice wine vinegar
1/2 cup red wine
3 tablespoons minced garlic
Juice of 2 lemons or lime
4 tablespoons granulated white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Place the olive oil, rice wine vinegar and red wine in a small pot. Add the garlic, lemon juice, sugar, salt and pepper. Mix well until the sugar is dissolved.
Next get a piece of mesquite wood soaked in water. Place it over hot coals on the grill. We want the wood to smoke and not flame up. Adjust the heat as needed.
Put the pot beside the wood and allow it to be smoked for 20-30 minutes. If you are using a covered outdoor grill, you may cover it so that the smoke can easily infuse into the marinade.
Add more red wine and lemon juice to adjust the taste. Let it cool completely. Store it in an sealed jar or container and refrigerate until needed.
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