You've tried rubs, marinades, and butters, but your turkey still comes out dry and flavorless. This is where injections come in. Basically, these are marinades that you inject straight into the meat with a special needle. Yes, you need a meat injector (see below), but once you have it, you will find that injections do so much to improve the meats you cook. With turkey, you want to target the breasts and the thighs. Inject small amounts of the marinade into several places and all those flavors and extra moisture will cook right into the meat.
Honey and White Wine Turkey Injection Marinade
This injection is perfect for a smoked Thanksgiving turkey. The best part is that it can be used as both an injection marinade and as a baste. Use a rub that compliments these flavors for the best turkey you’ve ever had!
Garlic Butter Turkey Injection Marinade
This garlic butter turkey injection marinade will add the most delicious flavor to your grilled, smoked, or baked turkey. It’s easy to prepare and is one of my favorite recipes to use.
Cajun Beer and Honey Turkey Injection Marinade
This injection has a great combination of flavors. It starts with the spiciness of Cajun seasonings, the earthiness of beer, and a touch of sweetness from the honey. Keep it slightly warm when injecting so that it will move through the needle easily.
Garlic-Lemon Turkey Injection Marinade
Filled with the goodness of lemon and garlic combined, this injection is sure to bring out the best in your grilled, smoked, or baked turkey. This marinade will pair well with an herb rub.
Beer and Butter Turkey Injection Marinade
This is a simple turkey injection marinade that will add loads of extra flavor to your holiday turkey. Whether grilling, smoking or baking your turkey, this will keep the bird moist and delicious as it cooks. Mixture can be used on all types of poultry.
You can't use a meat injection if you don't have an injector. It is merely a syringe, often available at a decent price. However, you will need a good one. Below I have listed three models that are different in design. If you are doing a lot of injecting, then you want something with a pump-action, versus the regular syringe style. When buying a meat injector, look for something easy to use, that fits comfortably in your hand, and can handle the volume you need.
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.
Oklahoma Joe's Trigger Meat Injector
The Oklahoma Joe's Trigger Meat Injector is more of a marinade pump than a syringe. Dip the hose end into a container with your marinade, and the trigger mechanism pumps the solution into the meat on both strokes. This will make for faster injecting and is excellent for those that are doing more than a single, small roast. At around $30, you pay a little more, but it can handle a lot more injecting. It will save your hands if you have a lot to do.
Chop's Power Injection System
Do you need to inject a lot of meat? Then this is the system you need. The tank holds a gallon of injection solution. Pump up the pressure and start injecting. It is the system used by caterers and BBQ competition cooks. Easy on the hands, it will allow you to inject at lightning speed. Of course, it costs around $160, so this is really for those who make money on barbecue or do lots of cooking.