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Wild Game Cuisine

Honey BBQ Whiskey Turkey Bites

You can eat these bites on rice, in a tortilla, over mashed potatoes or by themselves. The sauce and turkey will speak for itself, and the journey to the plate is half the fun.

Jeremiah Doughty September 12, 20221 min read


1 turkey breast cut into 1-inch pieces

2 tablespoons cornstarch

½ teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon cracked pepper

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder


3 cloves garlic, minced and smashed

½ cup apple juice

½ cup whiskey or bourbon

2/3 cup low sodium soy sauce

1/3 cup ketchup

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon cracked pepper

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Photo courtesy of Jeremiah Doughty.
Photo courtesy of Jeremiah Doughty.


  1. In a mixing bowl, mix together cornstarch, salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder. Add turkey bites and coat, set aside and let them get sticky, tacky.
  2. Over medium/high heat, add oil to hot skillet, add turkey bites to oil, careful not to crowd. Cook until crispy on all sides and internal temp reaches 150-155 degrees.
  3. Remove from oil and set aside.
  4. In a clean skillet, add whiskey/bourbon and bring to a slight boil, light with flame and allow the alcohol to burn off, leaving behind a reduced liquid.
  5. Add apple juice to the skillet, mixing with whiskey.
  6. Add remaining ingredients minus the brown sugar. Whisk and bring to a boil, reduce heat and keep whisking 1-2 minutes.
  7.  Add brown sugar and cook 2-4 minutes until all sugar has melted. This will help sweeten and thicken your sauce. Once the sauce coats the back of your spoon, it’s ready; remove from heat.
  8.  Toss your bites into the sauce and coat evenly.
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