Another advantage to making your own marinade is the fact that you can add spices to your own liking. If you have a favorite meat rub, feel free to use it in your sauce. An applewood rub could be a delicious addition to barbeque sauce, while a lemon pepper rub might work well with olive oil or vinegar.
Salad dressing often makes a good base for meat marinades. If you’re cooking chicken, ranch dressing can help moisten it so that crumb or seasoned topping stick better. Italian dressing works well with pork or chicken because it helps the spices get deep into the meat fibers. Russian or French dressing could be a good choice if you like a sweeter taste to your meat and is a nice option for beef or lamb.