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Do you marinade your brisket?

KokemanKokeman Posts: 819
edited 1:00AM in EggHead Forum
I am doing a 8 pound brisket for the 4th. This will be my first. (I usually do butts) Should I marinade it or not? If so, what should I use? A friend that has an egg suggested marinading with beer, veggy oil, and pepper. It seems to simple of a marinade. :unsure:


  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    Never tried it.I just apply rub and cook.I don't see what marinating would hurt.
  • cookn bikercookn biker Posts: 13,407
    I don't. Don't think it'll suck though. ;)
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  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    I've heard of several brines/marinades for brisket, including covering in white sugar or using Dr. pepper.

    Me, I do a quick salt, pepper, and cayenne dusting. then toss it on, shut the lid, and walk away. No mops, no sauces, no nothing until it's done.
  • I've tried a couple marinated. You could definitely taste it, but the general consensus among the folks who ate them was that it didn't add enough to make the extra expense, time, and trouble worth it.

  • I find the marinade doesn't work nearly as well as a spice rubbed brisket. The flavor just isn't right and it can change the consistency of the meat if it is acidic. Here's my rub:

    1T coarse salt
    1T chile powder
    2t sugar
    1t fresh ground black pepper
    1t ground cumin

    I also cook mine in a foil pan and baste every other hour and when done pour the collected juices over the brisket. The run adds fantastic flavor, creates the dark bark you want on a brisket and makes incredible drippings.
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