Red Wine-Chipotle Barbecue Marinade

Perfect for chicken, beef, lamb or pork, this marinade's chipotle will give the protein some extra smokiness while being perfectly balanced with the sweetness of the red wine and brown sugar.
Photo by Noah Fecks / Food Styling by Nadine Beaucham

Courtesy Josiah Citrin, chef/owner, Mélisse and Charcoal Venice, Los Angeles

Josiah Citrin, owner of Los Angeles restaurants Mélisse and Charcoal Venice, recommends this marinade on beef, lamb, pork or chicken—anything but seafood. The red wine and brown sugar will rein in the chipotle, which will add to the smoke factor from the grill.

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Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, fine-diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon plus 1 pinch salt
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • 1½ cups dry red wine
  • 3 cups canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons ground chipotle powder
  • 1 whole ancho chili pepper
  • 2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 bay leaf
Directions

In saucepan over medium heat, combine oil, onion, garlic and pinch salt. Sweat mixture until tender, stirring occasionally, until onions are barely golden.

Stir in tomato paste. Deglaze with red wine, and cook until reduced by half.

Add remaining ingredients. Simmer over very low heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaf.

Transfer sauce to blender and purée until smooth. Pass through fine strainer into bowl. Cool over large bowl of ice. Makes 4 cups.

Published on May 25, 2018
About the Author
Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen
Entertaining and Lifestyle Editors

Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen are Wine Enthusiast's Entertaining and Lifestyle Editors. DeSimone tastes wine from Israel and the Mediterranean Basin, while Jenssen tastes wine from Eastern Europe, including the former the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. Both co-authored Wines of California, Wines of the Southern Hemisphere, and The Fire Island Cookbook. Wine educators and presenters, both gentlemen serve as frequent guests on national and local television. Email: mikeandjeff@wineenthusiast.net



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