Brown Sugar Ginger Marinade

Brown Sugar Ginger Marinade

A few weekends ago, the Kelly clan packed up and went to Nashville and Franklin, Tennessee for the weekend. The weekend was filled with lots of family quality time, a decent amount of wildlife (the house we rented was on a few acres of land) and phenomenal food. We went to both the Franklin and Nashville Farmers Markets. Those were great, I love farmers markets. Who doesn’t?

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Naturally, we stopped at the one Chicago food truck… A Chicago style dog & a Southern style sweet tea.
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If anyone is in the Franklin area, I highly recommend Scout’s Pub.
Farm to table Blueberry preserves. Some of the best stuff I’ve ever had.
The Trailer Perk Coffee Truck
The Trailer Perk Coffee Truck

Believe it or not I do have a recipe for you all today. Brown Sugar Ginger Marinade.

I was very unsure about this brown sugar ginger marinade when I was throwing everything together. I put all the ingredients in a Ziplock baggie, threw the uncooked chicken in it, marinated it for 24 hours and hoped for the best. Could anything go wrong if you marinate for 24 hours, though?

Brown Sugar Ginger Marinade

You can definitely taste the brown sugar in this marinade. This has a perfect balance of sweet and savory. To off balance the sweetness of the brown sugar, I added in some ginger. I also added in some red pepper flakes to give it a little kick. Because the combo of sweet and spicy is a classic and you can never go wrong combining those two flavors.

Brown Sugar Ginger Marinade

Personally, I used Worcestershire sauce instead of soy sauce. However, you could very easily use soy sauce in this instead of the Worcestershire (try saying that ten times fast, or just once) sauce.

I paired my grilled chicken with some grilled corn. I personally throw some Weber Steak n Chop seasoning on my grilled corn. It may sound strange, but it is a game changer in the corn on the cob game

Grilled Corn on the cob!

Brown Sugar Ginger Marinade


  • 1 lb uncooked Chicken
  • 1/2 c. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 c. Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/4 c. Oil
  • 1/4 c. Water
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Ginger, fresh or ground
  • 2 tsp Garlic
  • 1-2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes, depending on the level of spicy you want
  • 2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp Salt


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, and whisk together.
  2. Pour into a ziplock bag and place your chicken in the bag.
  3. Allow to marinate in the fridge for at least 3 hours.
  4. Cook and enjoy!
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