Review: The Shed Kinky Asian Marinade

Back in January, I visited the Ocean Springs location of The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint and did a guest review on BBQ Sauce Reviews.  Not long after, Fred Salinas (the digital director for The Shed) contacted me asking if I would be interested in reviewing some of the sauces and rubs.  Today’s post is the first review of those products – Kinky Asian Marinade.  This marinade was a first place winner in the Asian Marinade category at the 2011 National BBQ Association Awards of Excellence.

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Naked Observations

This marinade is an oil-based marinade with a unique blend of pineapple, garlic, sesame seed oil, soy sauce, and other ingredients.  The marinade does contain MSG, so if you’re opposed to this ingredient then you will want to pass on this marinade.  I’ll break down observations into three categories: aroma, appearance, and a taste.

  • Aroma – sweetness is on the forefront; soy sauce flavor in the background.
  • Appearance – looks like an oil-based marinade; slightly dark in color; visible spices/ingredients
  • A Taste – sweet flavor with soy sauce following up; not overly salty

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To the Meat of the Matter

My wife picked up some thin top sirloin steaks earlier this week, and I finally had the chance to cook them tonight.  These steaks were about 1/4” thick.  When Heather suggested that I marinade them, I instantly thought that this would be the perfect time to try out Kinky Asian Marinade.  Because the steaks were so thin, a quick marinade would suffice. 

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This was probably the quickest cook I’ve done in my life – it literally took longer to pre-heat the grill than it did to actually cook the meat.  After a grand total of five minutes cooking time, the steaks were done!

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I was really quite surprised by the impact of the marinade in such a short amount of time, although I should not have been given the size and thickness of the steaks.  The marinade added a nice, sweet flavor with just a touch of soy sauce.  My wife thought the steaks were pretty good as well, even though she adamantly hates soy sauce. 

Kinky Asian Marinade is available for purchase online at http://store.theshedbbq.com.  You can also find The Shed BBQ on Facebook and Twitter.