Picking the best seasonings for your meat

‘Tis always the season to serve up warm, hearty meals and create beautiful memories with those you cherish. 

What better way to get together than by setting up the grill, tidying up your skewers and tongs, and inviting your loved ones over to enjoy a perfectly sizzling, grilled meal.

Good food can turn your frowns upside down leaving you feeling completely satisfied. 

While grilled meat is always delicious, and can be the pièce de résistance at any large gathering, preparing them the same way every time can feel a bit drab.

The ideal grilled menu isn’t about the best meat cuts alone, flavour is the name of the game. 

Many of our grilling enthusiasts are aware of the basic salt and pepper seasoning that is sprinkled on any cut of meat before it hits the grill. But while there are no set rules for what the best seasonings for your meat are, playing around with different flavours could land you with a recipe that sweeps your guests off their feet. 

Here are some of the best seasonings for your meat!

Winner winner chicken dinner

The most versatile of meat, chicken is the popular kid at the party that everyone loves and so few can resist!

Whether you choose to marinate, braise, or brine, chicken performs the best when it’s given more time to rest in its seasoning (we recommend 24 hours). 

Some of our preferred spices to enrich the taste profile of your poultry are oregano, peppers, onion powder, and paprika, along with basil, parsley, thyme, and rosemary. 

Because flavour is subjective, having a keen palette to know what flavours match and what to ditch can make or break your chicken. The key to unlocking the potential of this meat is experimentation.

Got beef?

The best way to season your beef is determined by the type of cuts you have. Thinner cuts are better seasoned with a marinade whereas thicker cuts can be brined to draw out the moisture and flavour.

Some of the best spices to leave your beef singing with flavour is a marinade with basil and bay leaves. Remember to discard these leaves before serving up your beef because they don’t taste great on their own. 

Thinking of cranking up the heat of your beef? Cayenne pepper is just what the chef recommends. Go easy when adding this spice as you wouldn’t want it to overpower your beef. 

If you are looking to add that extra punch, dry mustard powder or mustard is just the ticket. Just a little bit of this ingredient can transform your dish into a restaurant-quality meal.  

‘Gobble’ grill 

You guessed right! This one’s dedicated to turkey.

To nail the flavour of this bird, make sure you give it time to fully thaw in your marinade or brine for at least a whole day. 

Spices that pack flavour into your turkey are thyme, sage, parsley and a sprinkling of rosemary. This combination, of course, can be customised to your liking.

Another way to season your meat the right way is to seal it in with all your spices in an airtight bag, this allows the bird to be infused with the flavours you want. 

Because turkey has a natural savoury bite to it, adding a bit of cumin brings out a more earthy and nutty side to it, which gives your bird that little flavour kick that will have you coming back for seconds. 

Mastering the best seasonings for your meat 

The main takeaway when it comes to seasoning your meat is that you can’t rush perfection. 

All food lovers unanimously agree that a perfectly seasoned dish can instantly become the highlight of any gathering. 

When it comes to getting your meat cuts right, all you need is a bit of patience and great flavour combinations that will leave everyone craving more.

If you are looking for a quick fix, check out the easiest meats to grill and start right away!