Can You Marinate Raw Chicken and Steak Together?

Marinating meat is an important step in perfecting your barbecue recipe. The right marinade can take a good dish and make it great! But what if you want to prepare raw chicken and steak? Can you marinate them together?

Can You Marinate Raw Chicken and Steak together

The easy answer is yes! It’s perfectly safe to marinate raw chicken and steak together because they will be cooked before consuming them. You just need to be extremely careful to cook all meat to a safe internal temperature.

can you marinate raw chicken and steak together

It’s safe to cook them together on the grill when cooked at a high enough temperature to destroy foodborne bacteria.

Marinating meats together can help you save time, especially when you’re grilling for a large party or don’t have a lot of time. In this article, you’ll find out everything you need to know about safely marinating both types of meat together.

But first, it’s essential to know what marinating is and how to do it.

How Do You Marinate Meats?

This sounds like it should have a straightforward answer. After all, grocery stores carry bottles of marinade that you can supposedly dump onto your meat and let it soak in for half an hour before you cook it. But does that really work, and is that the best way to marinate your dinner meats?

There are a couple of tricks for getting just the right amount of flavor onto your meat, particularly chicken and beef, since those tend to be the most popular weeknight dinner meats.

One of these tricks relates to the ingredients you start with. Using too spicy or bold of ingredients can overpower your meat, causing it to become ruined even if you love the actual ingredients you used.

These can be ingredients like hot sauce or soy sauce. We love them, but they are robust flavors that we may not love on our chicken dinner so much. Another ingredient to be wary of is salt.

Many premade marinades contain high amounts of salt, so refrain from adding more. Adding too much salt can dry out the meat and make it tough to eat. 

It’s also possible to add too many seasonings. If you feel like your flavor isn’t coming out the way you want, adding crushed garlic and bruising your herbs will help pull out the flavors.

Make sure you let the meat marinate for long enough in the marinade. The recommended amount of time for it to soak is thirty minutes. Any less than that, and you probably won’t taste the marinade.

However, you can also let it sit overnight! This is great because you can prep it ahead of time, and it will be ready to go when you are, and it will have great flavor.

Lastly, make sure you have enough marinade to cover the meat thoroughly. It is better to make too much than too little. You can save the extra marinade that was not used for the meat.

However, you cannot save the leftover marinade that was in the container with the raw meat. That marinate has to be thrown away after you cook the meat.

Can You Mix Raw Chicken and Beef Together?

There is no harm in mixing raw chicken and beef. That said, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, depending on the type of chicken and cut of beef, it may be wise to put each one in their own separate bag to marinate.

For instance, a whole or part of the chicken will ideally marinate more quickly than beef. Some beef cuts such as the rib and tenderloin are the toughest part of the animal. Meaning, it can take longer for these cuts to marinate than chicken.

If you decide to chicken with tougher parts of meat, be sure to set a timer. This will remind you to remove the chicken so you don’t marinate it too much. If you marinate chicken too long, it will break down the proteins within the meat, making it mushy-tasting and ruin it before it’s cooked.

Can You Cook Chicken and Beef Together?

Yes, as long as the grill is set at a high enough temperature. The high heat will kill any foodborne bacteria. Use a handheld thermometer for cooking the chicken to a safe internal temperature of 165°F/74°C. A safe internal temperature for beef is 145°F/63°C.

When I cook chicken and beef together, I like to keep the chicken on one side of the cooking space and the beef on the other half. 

Unfortunately, most pellet grills don’t make it easy to change the temperature on one side of the cooking space like gas grills, so it’s essential to monitor the cooking temperatures so you don’t overcook the meat.

A handheld thermometer will make monitoring easier. I recommend using the Pit Boss meat probe to continually open and close the lid to monitor the temperature.

Should Any Meats Not Be Marinated Together?

Technically, it’s OK to marinate any meat together, as long as it is cooked to a safe internal temperature. However, before doing this, there are some things to consider, especially if you are cooking for guests or a large party.

There are certain food limitations for certain religions. If you know you are going to be cooking for someone who does not eat pork, you should marinate them in separate containers. 

Many people also have allergies to certain foods, especially shrimp. Knowing this ahead of time will save your guests from having to skip the meat you so lovingly prepared.

While you are fine to marinate different meats together, it is a good idea to be knowledgeable about your guests so you can avoid running into any dietary restrictions.

What Else Can I Marinate With Meats?

The main thing people throw in with the meat when they are marinating it is vegetables. This is also a perfectly safe thing to do. While the meat will not add much flavor to the vegetables, the vegetables will add flavor to the meat.

According to cooking chops, onions are a very popular additive to marinade for chicken and beef, among others. However, the most important thing to remember when cooking vegetables with these meats is to cook the vegetables to at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

That is the safe internal temperature for the cooked chicken to be safe for consumption.

The high heat from the grill will destroy any cross-contamination from the chicken to the vegetables, making them safe to eat.

If you are uncomfortable eating them, you can always toss them to flavor the meats after using them.

Again, as with the meats, the same rule about reusing the marinate applies. Do not use it as a dipping sauce or on top of any sides. Throw it away when finished with it.

The most important thing to remember when marinating meats together is to cook everything thoroughly and to the correct temperature. 

Final Word

You can marinate chicken and beef together. Depending on the cut of beef, it may take longer than the chicken to marinade.

When it comes to cooking time, the chicken will likely cook faster than most cuts of beef.

No matter what you marinate, you need to toss the extra. Play around with different meats and the flavors they lend, and happy cooking!

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