Can You Marinate Pork And Beef Together? (Ultimate Guide)


If you plan to prepare recipes involving pork and beef you might be wondering if they can be marinated together.

This is a comprehensive guide to answering this question.

Let’s dive right in

Can You Marinate Pork And Beef Together?

Yes, you can marinate pork and beef together but you have to be respectful to the individual flavors of the meats and choose the marinades which work well with both of them.

Pork has a mild flavor, which means you have more room to experiment with the marinades you choose. But beef on the other hand has a rich flavor and thus demands intense and complex marinade flavors.

This means you need to find a common ground when you plan to use them together.

Further, the ideal (minimum) marinating duration for beef and pork is also different. Pork requires much shorter times as compared to beef for marinating.

Thus, you would need to keep the marination process going keeping beef in mind.

Marinades That Will Work With Both Pork And Beef

Choosing the right marinate is critical when we are looking to marinate two different types of meat together, especially when they differ a lot in their basic flavors.

In the case of pork and beef, some great marinades which can work well with both of them are –

  • Soy sauce – Soy sauce is a popular marinade because it is full of umami, or savory, flavors. When used as a marinade, soy sauce can help to tenderize both pork and beef and add depth of flavor.
  • Red wine – Another great way is red wine-based marinades. Red wine is a great marinade because it has a lot of acidity. This helps to break down the proteins in the meat, making it more tender. It also adds a lot of flavor to the dish.
  • Red wine vinegar – The tart, acidic, and slightly fruity taste of red wine vinegar adds flavor to both beef and pork and is thus a good choice.

These acids work amazingly well when used with garlic, ginger, and mustard.

While citrus-based marinades work amazingly well for pork, they are not suitable for beef as they overpower beef’s own rich flavor. If you have to use citrus, make sure it’s used in moderation.

Thus, you should avoid, if possible, the following when marinating pork and beef together –

  • Lemon juice
  • Lime juice
  • Pineapple juice

How Long To Marinate Pork And Beef Together?

If you are marinating pork and beef together, make sure it is marinated for at least 12 hours to up to 3-5 days.

Beef needs almost twice as much time to marinate nicely as compared to pork.

Thus, the overall preparation needs to be kept based on the time needed for beef to marinate.

Here are a few things you need to keep in mind while marinating pork and beef together –

  1. Take fresh and clean meat, this decreases the chances of cross-contamination
  2. Make sure to choose the right marinade and apply it liberally to both the meats
  3. You should always marinate in the fridge and never at room temperature
  4. Keep the whole thing in freezer bags / plastic containers/glass containers. Avoid using reactive cookware for this purpose.
  5. Ensure you do not marinate for more than 3-5 days, the meat may become mushy after that
  6. Cook immediately after you have taken the meat out

Why Marinate Pork And Beef Together?

There are several benefits to marinating pork and beef together –

  • You can save a lot on marinades when you marinate two types of meat together. Given the marinade is generally thrown after the process, this saves time
  • Marinating two types of meat together saves time in terms of preparing two different marinates and also all the processes associated with it – like filling, refrigerating, etc.
  • Marinating pork and beef is great if you want to anyways use them together in a recipe or plan to cook them together

When Not To Marinate Pork And Beef Together?

There are a few situations when you would not want to marinate pork and beef together –

  1. the most important reason is when you want the two types of meat to taste very differently. That is difficult if you use the same marinade.
  2. When you want to marinate them for two different time lengths. This may be required based on the recipe you are preparing. If one recipe requires a much shorted marinating period then you anyways will have to pack them separately or take that meat out in between
  3. Some people may be averse to eating either of the meats. In that case, it is best to avoid marinating them together respecting their choices.

Final Words

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Marie is a food enthusiast who has always wanted to have her own food blog. She loves cooking and experimenting with new recipes, and she can't wait to share them with the world when she finally launches her blog! When Marie isn't in the kitchen cooking up something delicious or writing about her adventures at home or on vacation, you might find Marie taking care of her family and enjoying time with friends.