Smoked Jack Daniels Turkey Brine Recipe

This Jack Daniels Turkey Brine Recipe paired with a butter injection is amazing! The turkey is perfect for Thanksgiving dinner, holiday dinner, or weekend meals! We all know that the holiday inner relies on having a juicy bird!

Jack Daniels Brined Turkey Smoking on Pellet Grill

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I love smoking holiday meat! I made this on my Pit Boss Pro 1100.  NowI picked mine up from Lowes, but Walmart and Amazon carry other Pit Boss options or the Pit Boss websites themselves.  

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Jack Daniels Turkey Brine Ingredients: 

jack daniels turkey brine Ingredients:

Turkey Butter Injection Ingredients: 

How To Make Jack Daniels Injection Turkey:

Safely thaw your turkey and remove the innards. 

If you choose to rinse off your turkey, pat dry before injecting. 

Your smoking tools are just as crucial as a good smoker. I have gone thru several plastic injectors over the years! We broke another when we made the Beef Brisket With A Whiskey Injection! The old lady had enough this time and ordered a Metal Injector from Amazon! 

Metal Injector Pieces On Countertop

I  loved the different sizes of the attachments; the finer point will be amazing on some smoked cornish game hens!! The extra gaskets will make the injector last even longer since upkeep will be easier. This time I used the big tip for the metal injector; I knew the turkey skin would be tougher.  Plus, larger areas of meat to inject as well. 

metal Injector Sucking Up Jack Daniels

Now I measured out a cup of Jack Daniels into a glass to pull from so I wasn’t putting the injector into a bottle of Jack Daniels to reload with. You can also pour yourself a shot too!

Metal Injector Injecting Turkey in Cooler

Place your turkey in a cooler or container and start to inject. 

Fill your cooler with the rest of the brine ingredients and submerge your turkey.

 

While your turkey is brining, store it in the fridge or ice water.  You don’t want the temperature to rise and grow bacteria. 

The day you are ready to smoke your turkey, remove it from the brine; I set mine in a pan to allow it to dry off while I prepare the rest. 

Metal Injector Next To Turkey To Inject Liquid Butter From Bowl

How To Make Butter Injection for Jack Daniels Turkey:

In a bowl, melt one stick of butter and your minced garlic for the butter injection.

I used the large injector as well again; the minced garlic did clog some. It was workable through the injector into the turkey. 

How Long To cook A Turkey For

Now this will vary some smoker to smoker. The most common practice is to smoke for a couple of hours at 225 and then turn the temperature up to 350 to decrease the remaining cooking time. When turning the temperature up, you can cover the turkey with foil if you like.

  • You can start smoking on a smoke setting for an hour or two before increasing the temperature.
  • 225 degrees Fahrenheit for ~30 minutes per pound of meat.
  • 250 degrees Fahrenheit for ~25 minutes per pound of meat.
  • 325 degrees Fahrenheit for ~12 minutes per pound of meat.

For Example, a 15-pound turkey at 225 pounds would be about 450 minutes. Divide that by 30 to get 7.5 hours of cook time.

The most important part is not to smoke for time but for temperature. You will want to use a meat thermometer to ensure your bird reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees before serving.

How To Thaw A Turkey

How long your turkey takes to thaw will vary based on the site. The graphic below is a general guide to thawing a turkey based on size. Be sure to always keep your turkey in food safety guidelines.

Chart Depicting how to thaw a turkey

How To Smoke a whiskey smoked turkey

 After you are done injecting the butter, sprinkle your turkey with seasoning.  For this, I used a bit of Montreal Steak Seasoning, Johnny’s Original Seasoning Salt, and Lawrys Garlic Salt.  

Jack Daniels and Butter Injected Turkey With Dry Rub On Smoker Before Smoking

Next, I placed a stick of butter in the turkey cavity; this will help keep the inside moist and flavor the turkey more.  

Start your smoker up; I used Mesquite Pellets with Pitboss Fruit Blend Pellets in my hopper. Walmart is one of my favorite places to pick up Pitboss pellets; plus, ordering online, they ship to a home for free with $35 orders!

Jack Daniels Brined Turkey Smoking on Pellet Grill

Set your smoker at 255 and allow the turkey to cook slowly.  I cooked mine at 225 for about 5 hours and then turned it up to 250 for another hour.   

Remove and serve! 

Served Jack Daniels Turkey With Potatoes, roll, Stuffing, and Asparagus

How To Store Leftover Turkey

Once the leftover turkey is cooled, store it in an airtight container or Ziploc bag in the fridge for up to five days. You can freeze leftover turkey for up to three months in an airtight container to freezer bag.

Storing leftovers properly requires the right tools! My preferred storage method is if the leftovers can be sealed in a food saver. If not, then an air-tight container or Ziploc bag for the fridge is the way I go. The air-tight container and a freezer Ziploc bag are the next best bet for freezing the leftovers. I also use a food scale to measure portions into serving sizes.

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What To Serve With Smoked Turkey:

Any of the classic turkey dishes will go with smoked turkey. I love to smoke versions of classics as well. You can see my full list of side dishes for smoked turkey -> here that go with smoked turkey.

Bread: Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart BreadGarlic Parmesan Biscuit Pull Part BreadEnglish Muffin Garlic Cheese BreadEasy Cheesy Monkey Bread, Honey Wheat Dinner Rolls, Honey Rolls

Smoked Appetizers: Smoked Cream Cheese, Easy Smoked Queso Dip, Easy Smoked Refried Bean Dip

Smoked Side Dishes: Smoked Baked Potatoes, Smoked Green Bean Casserole, Smoked Sweet Potato Casserole, Smoked Baked Potatoes, Smoked Loaded Cheesy Potatoes, Smoked Deviled Eggs, Smoked Loaded Baked Beans, Creamy Smoked Macaroni And Cheese, Smoked Loaded Cheesy Potatoes

Grilled Side Dishes: Cheesy Grilled Asparagus, Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms, Grilled Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes, Grilled Corn On The Cob,

Desserts: How To Smoke A Pie, Coca-Cola Chocolate CakeCrescent Roll Peach Dumplings, Pumpkin Bars

Smoked Turkey Recipes: 

A dry rub works amazingly well on turkey, but doing a brine with the dry rub adds more flavor.  There is no wrong way to smoke a turkey.  Now, I buy extras during the holidays, so I have extra turkeys to smoke later in the year!

Other Whiskeys To Use For Whiskey Injected Turkey:

Jack Daniels Brined Turkey Smoking on Pellet Grill

Jack Daniels Turkey Brine Recipe

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Jack Daniels Turkey Brine Recipe is perfect for a holiday dinner or a special occasion turkey dinner! Using a butter injection together is amazing.
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Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Brine 2 days
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Servings 20 Servings
Calories 2709 kcal

Ingredients
  

Jack Daniels Injection

Turkey Butter Injection

Instructions
 

  • Safely thaw your turkey and remove the innards.
  • If you chose to rinse off your turkey pat dry before injecting.
  • Your smoking tools are just as crucial as a good smoker, use a metal injector with a large opening and needle point.
  • Measured out a cup of Jack Daniels into a glass to pull from. This way I wasn't dipping the injector back in the bottle of Jack Daniels.
  • Place your turkey in a cooler or container and start to inject.
  • Fill your cooler with the rest of the brine ingredients and submerge your turkey.
  • Make sure while your turkey is brining to store it in the fridge or in ice water.  You don't want the temperature to rise and grow bacteria.
  • The day you are ready to smoke your turkey remove your turkey from the brine, I set mine in a pan to allow it to dry off a bit while I prepare the rest.

HOW TO MAKE BUTTER INJECTION FOR DANIELS TURKEY

  • In a bowl melt 1 stick of butter and your minced garlic together for the butter injection.
  • I used the large injector as well again, the minced garlic did clog some but it was workable through the injector into the turkey.

HOW TO SMOKE A JACK DANIELS BRINE TURKEY:

  • After you are done injecting the butter sprinkle your turkey with seasoning.  For this I used a bit of Montreal Steak Seasoning, Johnny’s Original Seasoning Salt, and Lawrys Garlic Salt.
  • Next, I placed a stick of butter in the turkey cavity, this will help to keep the inside moist and flavor the turkey more as well.
  • Start your smoker up, I used Mesquite Pellets with Pitboss Fruit Blend Pellets in my hopper.
  • Set your smoker at 255 and allow the turkey to slowly cook.  I cooked mine at 225 for about 5 hours and then turned it up to 250 for another hour.
  • Remove and serve!

Nutrition

Serving: 20gCalories: 2709kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 0.2gFat: 294gSaturated Fat: 87gPolyunsaturated Fat: 68gMonounsaturated Fat: 126gCholesterol: 301mgSodium: 1398mgPotassium: 20mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 0.3IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword Jack Daniels Brine, Jack Daniels Injection, Smoked Turkey
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