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Top 10 Turkey Marinade Recipes

The Best Marinade Recipes for adding Flavor and Moisture to a Turkey


Marinating turkey sounds a little strange, but this is a great way to add flavor and moisture to a large piece of poultry. A marinade gets into all those places that a dry rub can't and it brings a layer of moisture that helps prevent drying and helps produce a golden and flavorful skin. These marinade recipes are perfectly suited to turkey, whether it is the big holiday bird, or for any reason. Remember, with a marinade there is no need to brine or add a dry rub, so this is only one step before cooking.

1. Grilled Turkey Marinade

This basic marinade is perfect for turkey because it doesn't overpower the flavor of the bird, but adds flavor and a protective layer for the grill.

2. Deep Fried Turkey Marinade

When you make a deep fried turkey you want to get as much flavor as you can into the bird before it goes into the oil. This classic Cajun inspired injection marinade will tenderize the turkey as it adds flavor.

3. George's Smoked Turkey Marinade

This is a 24 hour marinade, guaranteed to please every time. The chicken or turkey is always moist and tender. Use 1/2 recipe for chicken or a full recipe for a turkey of any size. Everyone will clamor for this turkey marinade recipe.

4. Honey Mustard Turkey Marinade

This marinade is thick enough to stick to the surface of the turkey. Slather over the surface and make sure that the turkey is evenly coated and the sweet, mustard flavor will sink in giving a mild, but definite flavor.

5. Citrus and Spice Turkey Marinade

This flavorful marinade is just thick enough that it will stick to the surface of the turkey so that the turkey doesn't have to be submerged. This means less marinade with loads of flavor for a more manageable process.

6. Lemon Pepper Marinade

This light and easy marinade recipe uses the power of lemon juice to help tenderize and flavor meats. This marinade is particularly good on poultry like rotisserie or grilled turkey.

7. Sun-Dried Tomato Marinade

Using sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil is a great way to start a marinade. The oil has already taken on the tomato flavor and ready to pass it to whatever you choose to marinate.

8. Chinese Five Spice Marinade

If you want to add Chinese flavors to anything you're grilling, then this is a great marinade. Make this marinade a day in advance to get the most out of the flavors. It's perfect of beef and poultry.

9. Lemon and Rosemary Marinade

This is a great marinade recipe for turkey. Similar to the marinades you find in those rotisserie chickens at the store, but much better.

10. Jamaican Jerk Marinade

You've heard of Jerk seasonings and Jerk rubs, well this is a jerk marinade that gets that great jerk flavor deep into the meat. You can use this marinade on all kinds of meat and poultry.

11. Balsamic Marinade

This marinade uses the power of balsamic vinegar to tenderize and flavor meats. This marinade works well on poultry and pork. I would particularly recommend it for any grilled or smoked turkey.

12. Pineapple Marinade

This sweet, fruity marinade has the power of pineapple and cider vinegar to work its way into meat. Add to this a collection of flavors that turn any cut of pork or chicken into something truly great.
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