Beer and Honey Turkey Injection

Beer and honey turkey injection

The Spruce / Victoria Heydt

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 3 mins
Total: 13 mins

This turkey injection combines a traditional Cajun flavor with beer and honey that results in a delicious, well-balanced taste. Since this injection marinade contains honey, it needs to be warm (but not hot) when it is injected into the turkey.


  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup beer (try a dark ale)
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for beer and honey turkey injection
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  2. In a saucepan, bring the apple cider to a simmer over medium heat.

    Apple cider
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  3. Stir in honey and mix until smooth.

    Stir in honey
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  4. Remove pan from heat and stir in beer and Cajun seasoning. Let stand 3 to 4 minutes.

    Remove pan from heat
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  5. Pat surface of turkey dry with paper towels. Load a syringe with marinade mixture. Make sure it is still warm or the turkey will start to thicken.

    Pat turkey dry
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  6. Inject mixture into the breast, thigh, and leg of the turkey, making sure you are injecting small amounts all into different sections. 

    Inject mixture
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  7. Wipe away any marinade that leaks through the skin.

    Wipe away marinade
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  8. Season and discard any remaining marinade.

    Season and discard
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  9. Cook turkey as directed and enjoy!

    Beer and honey turkey
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