So I've been playing around with some flavor combinations, This is all pretty new to me. I've been making marinades and doing small 1 pound or so batches in the oven, some I've done in the smoker, but the oven is just easier for doing taster batches and going about my day with zero babysitting.
I'm curious how to go about getting a stronger flavor in some of the marinades, I'll list out a few examples below.
I did a jalapeno lime jerky, the lime was faint but there, and the jalapeno was almost non existent. Now in this one I only pureed 2 large peppers, but I juiced about 8 (little over a cup) limes. The recipe called for 2 bottles of beer as part of the marinade, and I think this may have watered down the hot and lime a bit. It was suggested to try maybe including some lime zest in the recipe next time around, and of course maybe doing more peppers. As well as I think two bottles was WAY too much beer.
I made a mango habanero that had about a perfect, maybe a bit light, heat to it. I used 5 peppers, easy to up the heat by just adding more pepper. But just wish that there was a little more to the mango flavor at the start. I used one whole mango, medium in size. Pureed the mango and peppers together with a few other things. It was a pretty thick marinade. Would this have worked better had I used mango juice instead of fresh mango? Or maybe more than one fresh mango?
The last one I did was a more traditional soy based sweet and hot. That could have been both sweeter and hotter. But to achieve that, well in any of the above, I wasn't sure if it was just as simple as adding more of what I think it's lacking. It seems to me like there is plenty of everything in the recipes that I've been playing with, with the exception of the jalapenos. Is there a way to maybe get more flavor penetration? Most of the time the meat is in the marinade for at least 12-24 hours, in the jalapeno lime above it was in there closer to 32 hours before I put it in the oven.
Can any of you guys that have been doing this a while give me some tips on increasing the flavors.