Top 10 Ways To Add Flavor To Your Turkey

Top 10 Ways To Add Flavor To Your Turkey
  1. Brining adds moisture and salt to your turkey, which brings out amazing flavors.
  2. Use woods to enhance the turkey by adding savory aromas and flavors.
  3. Season under the skin with a combination of butter, Italian seasoning and bacon bits.
  4. Fill the cavity of the bird with half a bottle of beer like Sam Adams or another heavy lager and add fruits such as apples and oranges and/or veggies such as onions, celery and peppers. Cook breaded stuffing outside of the turkey. 
  5. Season the outside with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and other seasonings that you enjoy.
  6. Baste the turkey with fresh beer, wine or juice every hour. The natural sugars will help caramelize the outside of your turkey, giving it a nice crispy and flavorful skin.
  7. Injecting with butter or apple juice will add flavor, moisture and help penetrate down into the meat, which will make the turkey more flavorful.
  8. Use bacon! You can use bacon strips on the outside of the skin, you can also baste with bacon grease, inject with bacon grease, wrap with bacon, use minced bacon bits under the skin or just snack on the bacon while you are grilling!
  9. Steam by adding 2-3 liters of beer, wine, juice, or water to the water pan in your smoker.  The steam will help release moisture, which will add flavor, color and aroma to your turkey.
  10. Glaze the turkey once the turkey breast hits 150-155 degrees. A great glaze idea is to combine 3 tablespoons of butter, ¼ cup bourbon and 1/2 cup of maple syrup in a pot over a side burner on low heat. Cool and then use it as glaze, just keep the turkey on the grill until it reaches 165.  

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What are your thoughts? (1)


Monica S


Years ago, I mean, maybe 20 years ago, my ex husband and I smoked everything on our smoker. Everything was always better cooked on the Weber smoker. '
I would love to recreate the way we did chicken wings over the whole turkey. However, I am not sure the exact process any longer. Could you possibly give me suggestions on how high the temp, how long to cook per pound and how long to leave wings cooking.
The wings always basted the turkey during the process and you talk about a moist and tender turkey...Ooooh La La!
Please help!

Thank you,


Kevin Kolman

I prefer to cook my turkey and wings at 275-300 degrees. The turkey should be about 15-18 minutes per pound and the wings should take about an hour to and hour and 10 minutes. Hope this helps! I will be on Facebook and twitter at Kevin Kolman’s Backyard on Thanksgiving so shoot me some pics and use #BestTurkeyEver!! Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Grilling!!


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