Raid the kitchen cupboards, sling everything you find into a bowl and then fling in any raddled old bits of meat you can find and, hey presto!, you've got yourself a barbecue on the way!
It's mean of me, I know, but the ten minutes spent putting together something original and, well, yours in a kitchen is so much more satisfying than schlepping down to Spinneys and picking up pre-made kebabs. And I could never understand people turning up to barbecues carrying offerings of flaccid meat in shop-made marinades laid out on polystyrene trays.
The best way in the world to marinade anything is in a placcy bag, one of those 'Glad' ziplock freezer bags is ideal. It gets the meat well submerged, takes minimal storage space in the fridge and is easier on the washing up. It's also great for slinging in a coolbox if you're off to cook in the great outdoors.
Here they are, then: a selection of marinade ideas. Enjoy!