Perfectly Paired Turkey Injection Marinade and Rub
Prep 20m Cook - Additional 12h 30m Ready In 12h 50m
Servings 16 servings Calories 800.1

This delicious marinade paired with the rub gives your turkey just the right amount of flavor while helping to make it melt-in-your-mouth tender and juicy. Great for deep frying or just plain old roasting.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon English mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves stripped and finely chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves stripped and chopped
  • 2 small cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (14 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or to taste
  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Stir chicken broth, lemon juice, 1/2 cup melted butter, 1 clove garlic, mustard powder, and ginger together in a bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate marinade for flavors to blend, about 30 minutes.
  2. 2 Mix 1 cup softened butter, rosemary, thyme, and 2 cloves garlic together in a bowl until rub is evenly combined.
  3. 3 Separate skin from the meat of the turkey by running your hand under the skin to separate. Spoon rub mixture evenly under the skin in several different parts of the turkey.
  4. 4 Pour marinade into a meat injector and inject the meatiest parts of turkey with marinade, changing the angle of the needle several times.
  5. 5 Brush turkey with olive oil and season with salt and pepper; place in roasting pan and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate turkey for 12 to 24 hours.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 800.1
  • Carbohydrate 1 g
  • Cholesterol 316 mg
  • Fat 50 g
  • Fiber 0.1 g
  • Protein 81.4 g
  • Saturated Fat 20 g
  • Sodium 440.8 mg
  • Sugar 0.3 g


  1. Maybe my injector is on the small side but there is literally no way to mince garlic small enough to get it to pass through the needle. So unless you want to spend ages straining out the garlic before you inject it into the bird, maybe substitute the clove for garlic powder?
  2. Just perfect!! We decided that we would cook our own turkey instead of getting a smoked one from our local BBQ place. I haven t cooked one in years so I was looking for ideas. This was perfect for the injector and also to bake with the rub. I cooked mine in turkey bag so - Read more ...
  3. Perfect turkey!!! Yummy
  4. Came out a little dry.
  5. first time I've ever made an injection marinade and this is a winner. I added a little chilli and this was fantastic.
  6. This was my first time (in many years!) fixing a "nude bird" and this was the perfect accompaniment to insure it would turn out juicy and flavorful. I was also on my own completely as my grandmother had recently passed away so quite nervous but the turkey and most importantly the drippings were wonderful--a perfect - Read more ...
  7. This was a god recipe but again I prefer grapefruit juice injected serving unusual about it kind of adds a depth and yes you want to pair your marinade with your rub for a great tasting bird I have personally made a Cajun marinade and Cajun rub loosely based on Emiril's ideas and it also - Read more ...
  8. Great injectable marinade and rub! Much better than the store bought one. Everybody loved it and it made for the best turkey yet!
  9. Tried this for the first time when we deep fried our turkey. It came out absolutely delicious and was a big hit with the in-laws. We followed the recipe to the letter and the turkey was juicy a and flavorful.