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Grilled Jalapeno Injection Turkey Recipe

Turn your Thanksgiving up a notch with our jalapeno turkey injection recipe for a smoky, spicy bird that’s sure to please the table. If you like spicy, this turkey injection marinade will provide the kick you’re looking for and this is sure to become your go-to when it comes to turkey injector recipes. Follow along as we show you how to cook up this delicious turkey recipe on the Grilla smoker grill.


  • 15 lb Turkey
  • 6-8 Jalapeños
  • 2 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ red onion
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Spray butter
  • Italian seasoning
  • Granulated garlic


Preheat Grilla to 200 degrees. In a large saucepan, add diced jalapeños, garlic, butter, oil, and minced onion. Cook on medium high heat until mixture cooks down. Add broth and come to a boil for 5 minutes. Strain to just liquid. Inject turkey all over with sauce. Season the outside with spray butter, Italian seasoning, and garlic. Smoke in the Grilla at 200 degrees for 30 minutes. Inject again. Smoke another 2.5-3 hours at 325 degrees. Once the turkey reaches 165 degrees internally throughout, it’s ready to slice.

What to Use as a Turkey Flavor Injector

Are you new to the concept of injecting any type of meat or poultry with a marinade? If so, your kitchen might not have the most important tool you’ll need for this recipe: a good seasoning injector.

A seasoning injector looks a lot like a needle that you would see in a doctor’s office. In fact, it basically does the same job. After inserting the injector into the meat, you simply push the back of the injector to force a liquid into the meat.

After you purchase your seasoning injector, expect to spend a lot of time looking for ways to use it. Beyond our turkey injection recipes, we have other injection possibilities, too. Your injector will definitely get plenty of love.

Substitutes for the Jalapeno

For some pitmasters, the word “jalapeno” evokes fond memories of kicking back with a beer and some hot wings. For others, jalapeno spells disaster because they know their hungry taste-testers can only handle so much heat.

If you are waffling on making this flavor injector recipe for your turkey because of worries over the jalapeno, let us recommend a few ways to either heighten the heat or temper the tone:

Use fewer jalapeno peppers in your turkey injection seasoning. Halving the amount will reduce the intensity and keep your bird on the milder side.
For a hotter turkey, choose serrano peppers, which have a higher heat index. Just be careful when prepping them and always use gloves.
Try an Anaheim pepper in lieu of a jalapeno for less kick. You will still know it’s there, but it offers up a bit of a sweetness that jalapeno lacks.

As you get more comfortable making this turkey injection marinade recipe, as well as testing injectable marinade recipes for chicken, duck and other poultry, be sure to play around with available flavors. You may realize that you start to make poultry more often than before. You may even produce a grilled and smoked turkey more than once or twice a year.

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