Turkey Injection - Clarified butter?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by thomapa1, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. thomapa1

    thomapa1 Newbie

    Anyone use clarified butter instead of normal butter with their other injection seasonings?  Or does it not matter?

    (Clarified butter = skim and remove the milk solids and water, leaving the buttery goodness behind...awesome on popcorn)
  2. I make my own butter from Heavy Cream. I have used it in turkeys and it always comes out great.
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    It probably would be better to use clarified butter, but I never have. I just melt it & add some Montreal chicken seasoning & inject it. I let it cool down to room temp & just before the butter starts to set up then I inject. It probably isn't a good idea to inject poultry with hot liquids. Then I put it in the freezer for an hour to really cool it down then back into the fridge or in some cases I just put it in the smoker right after the injection.
  4. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I ahve tried buter and even a homemade butter creole seasoning blend to inject my birds. I'm always tring to better myself and find new ways to make a turkey even better it I can.
  5. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I use clarified butter in EVERYTHING. Definitely a richer flavor. My fave is to smoke some garlic then add that to the melted clarified butter. Let it sit a bit and then inject. Good stuff. Almost forgot - I also use maple syrup with turkey. Either as part of the injection or to baste it with. Mmmm.
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2011
  6. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I seem to remember you used to use Ghee. Are you still doing that for clarified or are you doing your own? 
  7. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Whole butter contains about 16% water, 2% milk solids and maybe some Salt...Overall the amount of water and salt is slightly beneficial when Butter and Spices are the ONLY thing being injected...If you are adding Wine, Booz, Maple Syrup or any other liquid to the mix, the whole point of Clarifying is Moot! You are just putting water Back In...Now...Where taking the time to Clarify does make a HUGE difference is when you heat the butter to the point that the water evaporates and the Milk Solids begin to Caramelize making Beurre Noisette (Brown Butter)...The added Nutty Flavor is delicious and worth the Time...JJ
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  8. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I do both Gary. Since I've been able to get the farm fresh 40% fat cream I've been making fresh butter, then clarified. I also buy some of the Pure Indian Ghee. Liquid gold that stuff. It's a little different because they raise their cows totally organic and baby them alot more than the dairy down the road. But, at 25 bucks a jar, I make sure it's for something special, like in my butts.
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2011
  9. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I love browned butter. I just did some with sage leaves and was thinking of using some in my injection liquid with some white wine.
  10. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Try addiing some crushed pecans .

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