Take your next brisket to new heights with this savory brisket injection marinade. This flavorful marinade combines rich, aromatic coffee, savory beef broth, and other ingredients that add depth and complexity to your smoked brisket.

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I am a firm believer in using a brisket injection when smoking a beef brisket. It is an excellent way to enhance the moisture and overall texture of your smoked beef. This savory brisket injection marinade will not only add amazing flavor but also keep your brisket juicy and delicious from the inside out. This recipe yields enough savory injection marinade for 1 whole-packer brisket, allowing you to scale up based on your cooking needs.

Why use coffee in a brisket injection marinade?

Adding prepared coffee to a brisket injection marinade enhances both the meat’s natural beefy flavor and helps tenderize it internally. When used in tandem with a coffee rub, it can help to deepen the color of the brisket during low and slow cooking.

Ingredients

  • Beef stock made with Minor’s beef base or Better than Bouillon Beef Base
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Prepared coffee
  • Soy sauce
  • Black pepper
  • Unsalted butter

Making Savory Brisket Injection Marinade

  • Bring brisket injection ingredients to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. Taste and adjust the seasonings to your liking.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the mixture cool for 30 minutes.
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How to Inject a Brisket with marinade

  • Draw some of the injection marinade 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 spillover. Gently mop it away and continue.
  • Discard any remaining injection marinade that has come into contact with raw meat.

Tips

  • Beef Base: I recommend using Minor’s beef base for this recipe, but if you don’t have it on hand, try Better than Bouillon roasted beef base. The important thing here is to add a nice beefy foundation to the injection marinade.
  • Coffee: This recipe calls for prepared instant coffee. However, for a deeper, richer flavor, you can use prepared espresso. Add a small amount to the marinade, and increase it to suit your tastes.

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    Savory Brisket Injection Marinade

    This flavorful marinade combines rich, aromatic coffee, savory beef broth, and other ingredients that add depth and complexity to your smoked brisket.
    5 from 3 votes
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    Course: Marinades/Brines
    Cuisine: American BBQ
    Keyword: barbecue brisket, brisket injection, brisket injection marinade, brisket marinade
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Total Time: 5 minutes
    Servings: 1.5 cups
    Calories: 343kcal

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup beef broth made with Minor’s beef base or Better than Bouillon Roast Beef Base
    • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 1/3 cup prepared instant coffee or 1/4 cup of of prepared espresso
    • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

    Instructions

    • Bring brisket injection ingredients to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. Taste and adjust the seasonings to your liking.
    • Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the mixture cool for 30 minutes.
    • Draw some of the injection marinade 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 spillover. Gently mop it away and continue.
    • Discard any remaining injection marinade that has come into contact with raw meat.

    Notes

    Recipe tips:
    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.
    Coffee: This recipe calls for instant coffee to be prepared. However, for a deeper, richer flavor, you can use prepared espresso. Add a small amount to the marinade, and increase it to suit your tastes.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 988mg | Potassium: 2056mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 477IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 3mg
    Ofargo Marinade Injector

    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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