Brisket Marinade Recipes

Shoot for the moon with one of these beef brisket marinade recipes that are out of this world! For great smoked brisket, one of the tricks is to merge the meat with the marinade!

A Good Marinade Will...

...add flavor and moist goodness to the brisket, and will help make it melt-in-the-mouth tender. The benefits that marinating a brisket provide are well worth the time and effort. And a lot of marinade recipes are super simple.

Prepare Yourself to Smoke a Killer Brisket

Before you smoke that brisket, you have to buy it and get it prepared for the smoker. If you haven't smoked brisket before, of if you're just curious to see my take on cooking brisket, how to smoke a brisket would be a good read. Spend a few minutes brushing up on the ways of brisket smoking.

Brisket Marinade Recipes

German Lager Marinade

This marinade includes a rich German beer as its base. You'll need...

  • 1 22oz bottle of Beck's Lager
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 shallots, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons clover honey
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 habanero pepper, halved and seeded

NOTE: Be very careful working with habanero peppers. Use gloves and don't touch the eyes.

Combine the ingredients, being sure the honey and salt are dissolved. In a non-reactive container, marinate the brisket for 24 to 48 hours before smoking.

Citrus Brisket Marinade

Acidic citrus juices add flavor and help tenderize that brisket for the smoker.

  • 1 pint orange juice
  • juice from one lemon
  • juice from two limes
  • 3/4 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 cup canola oil

Mix, then marinate your brisket overnight. For added flavor, rub one tablespoon of paprika into the meat just before smoking.