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Mad Max Turkey help

Did a dry run of Thanksgiving yesterday. Followed the Mad Max protocol. The skin on the turkey came out great and the white meat was very juicy. However, I felt that the white meat had no flavor at all. One of the reasons I went with the Mad Max method was because it doesn’t require brining. I’m always hesitant to brine because my family does not like salty meat. Can anyone provide any advice on how to add flavor to the meat?  Injection?  Thank you!!  I added a pic of the finished product below. 


  • pgprescott
    pgprescott Posts: 14,544
    Buying an expensive, fresh, "free range" type turkey will undoubtedly help. Turkey tends to be bland and these days all commercially raised poultry is pretty bland IMO. I would brine as well, but I use a commercially packaged brine that I don't find to be overly salty at all. You need some salt however. Good luck and remember, we are our own worst critics. I bet the test run bird was great.
  • bucky925
    bucky925 Posts: 2,029
    The presentation looks great!   With a little twinking that will make an awesome center piece.  

    Be careful when following the masses. Sometimes the M is silent.

  • Canugghead
    Canugghead Posts: 11,701
    Beautiful bird.  If you also make mad max gravy (a must) it'll take care of under seasoned breast. Injection should help too.
  • Carolina Q
    Carolina Q Posts: 14,831
    The original max recipe called for fresh ingredients like lemon and various herbs, rather than a bottle of spices. I've only done a Mad max bird once (I'm rarely home for turkey holidays), using the original method, and it was outstanding! Perhaps that was your problem.

    I was able to dig up the original recipe, albeit without the photos or even paragraphs. Perhaps that would help.


    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

    Central Connecticut 

  • WeberWho
    WeberWho Posts: 11,098
    I use this turkey injection with Mickeys rub under the skin of the turkey. 


    I made two turkeys a few years back. One with the recipe and rub above and a lightly seasoned one for the turkey purists. I didn't want to make anyone upset with one being injected. Both turkeys were smoked on eggs. The injected turkey looked like a carcass at the end of the night. The traditional turkey was hardly touched. I've injected ever since. 
    "The pig is an amazing animal. You feed a pig an apple and it makes bacon. Let's see Michael Phelps do that" - Jim Gaffigan

  • smbishop
    smbishop Posts: 3,054
    Did you try adding rub under the skin on the breasts?
    Southlake, TX and Cowhouse Creek - King, TX.  2 Large, 1 Small and a lot of Eggcessories.