Beef Brisket Marinade

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

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