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Smoked Turkey Hocks and Wings Recipe

These smoked turkey hocks and wings will keep in the fridge for 10 days or in the freezer for up to 1 year.

Smoked Turkey Hocks and Wings Recipe
Smoked turkey hocks and wings are great cold the next day, too. (Shutterstock photo)
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Let's face it – turkey drumsticks and wings are often tough as nails. While you can get plenty of good meat from a turkey leg if you cook it slowly and pull the meat off the bone, the wings are pretty worthless – unless you try this recipe out. The idea here is to smoke the hell out of turkey wings or legs and use them like a ham hock for flavoring beans, broth, stewed greens or soup. In that capacity, they perform exceptionally well and are worth your time.

Serves: 4
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 5-8 hours


  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon crushed juniper berries (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon Insta Cure No. 1 (curing salt you can get online or at a butcher shop)
  • 4-8 turkey legs or wings, separated into drumettes and tips


  1. Mix together the kosher salt, sugar, garlic powder, thyme, juniper and curing salt. Massage the mixture evenly into the turkey legs and wings, then put the meat in a container just large enough to hold them. Cover and refrigerate for at least 24 hours or up to 3 days.
  2. Rinse off the cure. Pat dry and arrange on a cooling rack. Put the rack in a cool, breezy place (or in front of a fan) and let the legs and wings dry for an hour or two.
  3. Smoke the turkey legs and wings at 250 degrees F for at least 5 hours, until they are heavily smoky and well cooked. They may take up to 8 hours. You want them firm, smoky and a little dry. Let the turkey legs and wings cool, then seal them in butcher paper or a vacuum-sealed bag. They will keep in the fridge for 10 days or in the freezer for up to 1 year.

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