Marinating meat is a culinary technique used to enhance flavor, tenderize, and sometimes preserve meat. A marinade typically consists of three essential components: 

Acidic Ingredient: Such as vinegar, lemon juice, wine, or yogurt. These help to tenderize the meat by breaking down tough muscle fibers.

Oil: Olive oil, vegetable oil, or other types of oil. Oil helps to carry the flavor of the marinade and keeps the meat moist.

Seasonings and Aromatics: Herbs, spices, garlic, onions, and other flavorings. These ingredients infuse the meat with additional flavors.

Steps to Marinate Meat

1. Prepare the Marinade: Mix together your chosen acidic ingredient, oil, and seasonings in a bowl.

2. Combine Meat and Marinade: Place the meat in a resealable plastic bag, a shallow dish, or a glass container. Pour the marinade over the meat, ensuring it is well-coated.

3. Marinate: Seal or cover the container and place it in the refrigerator. The marinating time varies depending on the type and cut of meat:

   - Seafood: 15 to 30 minutes

   - Poultry: 30 minutes to 2 hours

   - Pork and Lamb: 2 to 4 hours

   - Beef: 4 to 24 hours

4. Cooking: Once marinated, remove the meat from the marinade and cook it as desired. Discard any leftover marinade that has come into contact with raw meat to avoid cross-contamination, or boil it if you wish to use it as a sauce.

Tips for Successful Marinating

- Do not over-marinate: Over-marinating can lead to mushy texture due to the breakdown of proteins by the acidic components.

- Use the right container: Always marinate meat in non-reactive containers such as glass, stainless steel, or plastic. Avoid aluminum or cast iron, as they can react with the acidic components.

- Proper storage: Always marinate meat in the refrigerator to prevent bacterial growth.

- Pat dry before cooking: Pat the meat dry with paper towels before cooking to ensure proper searing and browning.

By following these guidelines, you can achieve flavorful and tender meat dishes.

The latest marinade I use for marinating pork is the following:

Mix equal parts of soy sauce, mustard, honey, olive oil and add vegetable seasoning and spices. Prepare meat this way and let me know what you think.