Turkey Injection Recipe – a delicious turkey injection recipe that adds ton of flavor and moisture to your Thanksgiving turkey!
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced (or 1 smashed garlic clove)
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1–2 fresh thyme sprigs
- 1–2 fresh rosemary sprigs
- 1–2 fresh sage leaves
- 1 bay leaf
- whole turkey, turkey breast or turkey tenderloin
- Combine ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to medium heat and allow butter to melt. Stir to combine and let gently simmer 5-10 minutes.
- Meanwhile prepare the raw turkey: ensure it is fully thawed, let it sit out for 1 hour so it comes to room temperature, pat it dry with clean paper towel and place in a roasting pan.
- Remove from heat and strain (if there are large bits in the liquid it will clog the injector).
- Ensure you have a cap on the end of the meat injector so when you pour the liquid in it doesn’t run straight out. Fill the injector and place the plunger on top.
- Make 3 injections across the breast, but for every injection hole angle the injector three different angles so you are getting 3 injections shots in the breast for every 1 hole (you don’t want too many holes or you will lose moisture).
- Repeat in the thigh making 2 injections holes (3 different directions within in each hole).
- If any liquid comes running out of an injections site simply rub into the turkey skin on the exterior of the turkey.
- If you have leftover injection liquid simply pour it into the bottom of the roasting pan.
- For best results inject liquid the night before cooking and leave in the refrigerator (covered) overnight.
- Feel free to cook turkey however you want afterwards: smoked, roasted, deep fried, etc.
- Garlic: feel free to use 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder instead of fresh garlic.
- Brining: you can still do this if you are also brining your turkey – just opt for a low-sodium broth and omit the extra salt.
- Duration: we recommend injecting the night before you are planning on cooking your turkey.
- Extra: if you have extra just pour it into the bottom of your roasting pan.
- Recommended Injector: this is the one I have used and liked.
- Turkey Breast: this also works if you are just doing a turkey breast (roasted or smoked) or even a turkey tenderloin!
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