butter injected turkey

The Perfect Butter Turkey Injection!


Smoked turkey is one of the most underrated cuts of meats but when done right it can be so incredibly satisfying and a pleasant change from heavier red meats. Growing up in a family that ate a lot of smoked turkey throughout the year we began to inject ours with a mixture of butter and various aromatics, which pushed flavor deep into the meat. Here, we think this recipe for our “Butter Injected Turkey” using our savory “Rebel Red BBQ Sauce” will be a crowd favorite to all who try it. It’s extremely easy to prepare, and it’ll add a significant level of moistness into the breast meat increasing it’s succulence & flavor. Another plus to injecting over brining is if you are short on time, or space in your refrigerator it can be done just minutes before placing your turkey on the smoker, grill or oven. This butter inject is almost fool proof for the beginner that wants to serve a delicious meal.

butter injected turkey

Butter Injected Turkey Recipe

Mark Gabrick
In this recipe I will show you how to add flavor deep into the meat of your turkey so your holiday feast will be a huge success! Turkey tends to be a dry meat especially in the breast. This injection will push moisture into your turkey while infusing it with great flavors.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course injection, Main Course, marinade, sauces
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • smoker
  • grill
  • oven
  • meat injector syringe


  • 1/2 pound Butter no salt
  • 1 1/2 cups Beer (or low sodium Chicken Broth) Pilsner
  • 2 tbsp Kosher Salt Blue box
  • 1/3 cup Rebel Red BBQ Sauce


  • Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan over a low heat. Stir and heat until salt is dissolved and the sauce is evenly distributed throughout. Keep warm, but not too hot to inject.
    15 minutes before your turkey is finished cooking is a good time to give the exterior a brush of added color and flavor. We like to use a second sauce here, our Texas Tang BBQ Sauce brushed on the skin a few minutes before pulling is all you need for a picture perfect turkey.
Keyword bbq sauce, Butter Injected Turkey, Christmas, grill barbecue, grilling, Holiday Turkey Dinner, meat rubs and sauces, Rebel Red BBQ Sauce, smoked turkey, Texas Tang BBQ Sauce, Thanksgiving, Turkey Injection, wet brine
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