Beef Brisket Marinade With Porter Ale

Well suited for trimmed brisket flats, this beef brisket marinade adds loads of taste. Flavors are extracted from the dried herbs used in this marinade, using a very special technique.

Smoked Beef Brisket Marinade


  • 12 ounces a good Porter ale
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon cracked peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil

Combine the ale, vinegar and dry seasoning in a saucepan, bringing to a simmer over medium heat. Continue to simmer for 5 minutes, then remove from heat and cover. Bring to room temperature, then chill in the refrigerator.

Strain through a fine sieve into a mixing bowl. Slowly add the oil as you whisk to create an emulsion, similar to a salad dressing.

Use this to marinate your brisket overnight. Use a nonreactive container, or a large food storage bag as a marinating vessel.