Cut breast meat into Nuggets. I like an egg bath, rolled in flour seasoned with garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, thyme, salt, and pepper. Repeat, then drop into peanut or canola oil. Fry for about 3 minutes on 320 degrees grease temp.
Back and legs need braised an oven at 300 degrees for about 3 -4 hours. Or until fork tender.
Brazing Liquid should be chicken stock. Or water with some butter added. Put a beer in either one you choose. Add whole garlic gloves to the pot after peeling. Don’t dice them. Just peel and add whole. Heavy on the salt. Add a decent amount of pepper.
As a side, I’ll render some pig fat down and sear some potato’s, carrots, celery, and onions. Sear them good. In another pot, which has chicken stock in, I’ll pour the veggies in and place on the oven rack besides the turkey. Cook until turkey is done. If you sear them good, they’ll stand up to the long slow cook.
When done, I pick the meat off the bones, strain the turkey pot, sear off some flour in some bacon fat and create a gravy base. Then I add the turkey pot water to make a gravy.
I spoon a couple big veggie loads on a plate, fork out sone turkey on too, drown it all in the gravy, and enjoy as fine an eaten’ as you could imagine. It’s far better then then nuggets.
Several...Smoked and then sliced thin! Nuggets and also Bacon wrapped, Jalapeño Poppers with a touch of Cream cheese...
Did you brine it before smoking?
One bird made about 8 dozen.
No, I gave it to a butcher that bragged about how good he was at it. He lied...and I'm pretty sure I still have some of the dark meat that I used to plug a couple of tire leaks on my Dodge. And that was in 2004!
------ Turkey Leg Soup
1 wild turkey leg - Onion - Celery - Carrots - Bay leaf - S & P - Chicken/turkey seasoning optional. I rarely use.
Boil until meat come off bone. Jake 1hr - really old Tom 15 hours. Remove meat. I strain so no little bones. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer until veggies are done. ---------------------------------------
Another great turkey recipe:
-------- WIld Turkey Burgers - from Larry Smith Outdoors.
1# ground turkey breast - 1/4# ground pork. Who has a 1/4# of ground pork??? I use bacon - it's pork. I have used olive oil for fat. - 1/4 cup sweet onion finely chopped - 1/4 cup sweet peppers finely chopped - S & P - Chicken/turkey seasoning optional. I never used it. - Cheese
Mix ingredients together. Make patties. Grill. Top with cheese if desired. Serve on Kaiser roll with Mayo (Not on mine please).
The first few times I made them I put BBQ sauce on the table - never used it.
WELL - time to take some turkey out of the freezer.
The second one I did the following: I was shooting from the hip on this and may have over cooked it a little bit, but this was my first try so you could vary it to your own liking.
In Crock pot: used the breast meat only.
*Mixed 2 packets of turkey gravy mix with enough chicken broth to make sure the meat was completely covered. You want this broth mixture to be pretty thin. (the gravy mix adds a little bit of flavor to the broth)
*Cooked on high for about 2 hours then turn to low and cook for about an additional 3 hours.
*Mix your favorite BBQ sauce with a vey small amount of the "gravy mix" from the crock pot - just want to thin the BBQ sauce a bit so it doesn't burn.
*Remove the meat (should completely fall apart) - empty the crock pot - then put the BBQ sauce mixture into the crock pot on high - continue to stir it until it gets heated, then add the meat set the heat to low - stir occasionally till heated.
Makes a great sandwich, super moist, great flavor.