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Jack Daniels Turkey Brine Recipe

Jack Daniels Turkey Brine Recipe is perfect for a holiday dinner or a special occasion turkey dinner! Using a butter injection together is amazing.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Brine2 d
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20 Servings
Author: Guy Who Grills


  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 4 Tbsp Minced Garlic
  • 4 Tbsp Salt
  • Ice
  • Jack Daniels
  • Water

Jack Daniels Injection

  • 1 Cup Jack Daniels
  • Metal Injector

Turkey Butter Injection

  • 1 Stick Of Butter
  • Minced Garlic
  • Metal Injector


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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!