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Marinades, Sauces, Rubs & Salsas

Brazilian Garlic Marinade

Brazilians use this tempeiro (marinade) whenever they grill pork or chicken. (Beef is considered a “noble” meat, so it’s grilled in its natural state.) A simple version might contain only lime juice, salt, and garlic-lots of garlic. A more elaborate tempeiro, like this one, might contain fresh herbs, wine, and even hot sauce.


Brazilian Garlic Marinade

Recipe Notes

  • Yield: Makes 1 cup, enough for 2 pounds of meat or seafood


  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons coarse salt (sea or kosher)
  • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce, or your favorite hot sauce
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 scallions (white and green parts), trimmed and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary or mint

Recipe Steps

1: Place the garlic and salt in a mortar and mash to a paste with a pestle or place in a bowl and mash with the back of a spoon. Add the lime juice, wine, vinegar, Tabasco sauce, parsley, scallions, and rosemary and stir until all the salt is dissolved. Use within a few hours of making.