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Adobo Maracucho

Venezuelan Ginger Marinade

An adobo is a spicy Latin American marinade, mostly on the basis of freshly squeezed lime, lemon or orange juice. We use this particular adobo recipe for marinating pork and to make Chicken Maracucho.

Photo of Venezuelan Ginger Adobo - by Hot Smoke BBQ. In this adobo recipe, lime juice, brandy, ginger and garlic form the most important ingredients.

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For this Venezuelan adobo recipe you'll need the following ingredients:

1/2 cup
2 inch piece
4-6 cloves
1 teaspoon
1 teaspoon
1-2 teaspoons
1 teaspoon
Limes *)
fresh Ginger
Garlic (to taste)
ground Cummin
Black Pepper, coarsely ground
Salt (no iodine)

*) For clarity, by "limes" we mean those round green lemons. (if you can't get limes, use lemons instead. The taste is not the same, but it's better than nothing!)

The above quantities will yield about 1 cup of Adobo Maracucho.

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Preparation of the Adobo


Squeeze the limes;


Add the brandy to the lime juice and stir (not shaken...);


Peel the fresh ginger, slice thinly, add to lime brandy mix;


Peel the garlic, slice thinly, add to lime brandy mix;


Grind cummin, add to lime brandy mix;


Add sugar, salt and black pepper to taste;

Photo of Chicken Thighs in Adobo Maracucho - by Hot Smoke BBQ. Marinate the meat in the adobo for at least two hours, but preferably overnight.

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BBQ Chicken Maracucho - Ginger Chicken Legs

Photo of Venezuelan Ginger Chicken Thighs grilled by the Cowboy Grill method by Blue Smoke BBQ. For a typical Venezuelan taste, we first marinate these tender chicken thighs in a fragrant adobo, then grill them cowboy style until they are a nice and tender golden brown.

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