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)

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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  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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