Honey, Butter & Orange Injection for Smoked Turkey

(from ksox’s recipe box)

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Serves 12 people

Categories: Turkey, thanksgiving


  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, sliced
  • 4 teaspoons rubbed sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper, fresh
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 oranges, juice of
  • honey, just


  1. In a small sauce pan, add the shallot and the garlic to the melted butter. Simmer on very low for about twenty minutes stirring occasionally. Add the sage, thyme, salt, pepper, orange zest, and white wine. Let simmer for fifteen more minutes to cook off the alcohol, stirring occasionally. Add the orange juice. Strain this into a bowl. Wipe out the sauce pan and return mixture to the pan. Add the honey. (When I added the honey, I just added a little, and kept stirring and tasting until the honey taste just barely started to come through.

  2. I stored this in the refrigerator overnight. The next morning I reheated it just until it was liquefied, then injected it into the turkey. Smoke or bake as you normally would.

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