Brisket Marinade Recipes

Before you smoke a brisket it needs to be prepared for the smoker. If you haven't smoked one before, 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.