Beer and Butter Brisket Injection Marinade

Beer and Butter Brisket Injection Marinade

Beer and Butter Brisket Injection Marinade

I’m a strong advocate for using a brisket injection when smoking up a beef brisket. This beer and butter brisket injection marinade will add amazing flavor and help keep your brisket nice and flavorful from the inside out.
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Course: Marinades/Brines
Cuisine: American BBQ
Keyword: barbecue brisket, brisket injection, brisket injection marinade, brisket marinade
Servings: 1 cup


  • 1 cup beef broth low sodium
  • 1/2 cup ale
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon brisket rub (the same one you’re applying on the surface)
  • 2-3 teaspoons beef base (start with 2 teaspoons)


  • Gather your ingredients.
  • Grind down the rub if it contained large pieces of herbs or ingredients that might become lodged in the needle.
  • Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste, and adjust your seasonings by adding more beef base and beer if needed.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the mixture cool for 15-20 minutes.
  • To use: draw up some of the mixture into the syringe, inject the meat and gradually release some of the marinade. The section will plump up a bit and there may be some spill over. Just mop it away and continue.
  • Discard any injection marinade that has come into contact with raw meat.
  • This recipe makes enough for 1 brisket, so double, triple, or quadruple the recipe based on your cooking needs.


Things to think about with this recipe:
Beef Base: I recommend Minor’s beef base for this recipe, but if you don’t have it on hand, then reach for a jar of Better than Bouillon roasted beef base. The important thing here is to add a nice beefy foundation to the marinade.
Beer: If you don’t want to use beer, use apple juice, or ¼ cup of cider vinegar. I don’t recommend a dark beer like stout, as this could overwhelm the flavor dynamic.

Looking for a simple, yet great way to make smoked brisket? Try my method How to Make Barbecue Brisket.

Need an Injector for the Best Brisket Injection?

Ofargo Marinade Injector

The Ofargo Marinade Injector is a classic style syringe. The marinade is sucked up through the needle and then pushed back into the meat. The needle on this model is large enough that it shouldn’t clog. Still, make sure that your marinade is near water thin. It is an inexpensive unit that you can purchase for around $10. It is dishwasher safe and durable enough to last for several years. The volume on this injector is small, but it will handle most jobs for a single-family.

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