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Wednesday, November 17, 2010 @ 05:11 PM

There are plenty of great marinades out on the market for deep fried turkey. Some you can use for injecting your turkey before putting it in your turkey fryer. Some are an actual marinade, that you can marinate for 8 hours or so before deep frying or roasting. Some folks even brine their bird before they rub and roast or fry.

Some products come with a marinade and a rub, like Masterbuilt’s Butterball Turkey Frying Spice kit. Some people swear by Tony Chachere’s injectable marinades and spice rubs. There is also Heaven Made Marinade, Cajun Injector, even Cabelas has products that you can purchase.

Many injections are butter based. In fact, Butterball injects their birds with butter.

All of these purchasable injection marinades, rubs, and spices are all good.

There are many recipes out there on the world wide web that can produce wonderful marinades as well. Again, some butter based, some acid based with lemon juice or orange juice. I even found one with Italian Dressing for a base. That one was for regular marinating though, not an injection marinade. Some people really like to go all out Cajun style for deep fried turkey. This is where seasonings from Tony Chachere’s or Chef Paul Prudhomme come in handy. But you can still make your own marinades by using their spices. But not everyone likes it so spicy.

I have included a couple of marinade recipes here as a starting point. As I said before, there are many recipes out there. If you feel so inclined to make your own injection marinade or regular marinade…search the web. Find something with flavors that you would enjoy. If you don’t feel like being experimental, then go out and purchase a marinade. What ever you decide to do, marinade, rub, brine, deep fried, roasted, smoked, have fun with it. Holiday meals should be fun and tasty, not a stressed out dramafest.

This one came from This is the Italian Dressing recipe I spoke about.

  • 1 (16 ounce) bottle Italian dressing
  • 1/2 cup cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup black pepper
  • 1 cup Creole seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder


  1. In a medium bowl, mix 3/4 Italian dressing, cayenne pepper, black pepper, Creole seasoning, and garlic powder. Rub over turkey, using remaining Italian dressing to fill cavity. Allow turkey to marinate 8 hours, or overnight, before deep-frying or roasting as desired.

Here is one from Fabulous Foods. This one uses butter and lemon juice in their base.

3 tablespoons melted butter
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2/3 cup low sodium chicken stock
3 tablespoons  lemon juice
1 tablespoon garlic power
2 teaspoons  onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
1 teaspoon hot sauce, or to taste (optional)


Makes plenty of marinade to inject an 8-15 pound turkey.

Mix all ingredients together in a small saucepan over medium heat until all ingredients are dissolved and well blended. Let cool to room temperature before injecting in the turkey. Before putting the marinade in the injector, whisk the mixture well to emulsify all the ingredients together. also has many different injection marinade recipes, from butter beer to Cajun.

Have a great Thanksgiving.

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