1st time smoking a whole turkey..what can I do with the giblet and neck?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by jbayer, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. Hey group... You all have been very helpful and informative in the past, so I thought I'd ask this question. I am smoking a turkey today (basically as an experiment, they hand out free turkeys at work, and my in-laws already have a family dinner bird). It's just over 13 lbs. I brined it, and am going to apply a dry rub before I start to smoke it. First off, I have NEVER cooked a turkey myself before. What can I do with the neck and giblets? Thanks!

  2. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Put them into a pot with some chopped onion celery and carrots and water. Cook them for about 30 minutes. Strain off the liquid and reserve - discard the vegetables. Chop up the meat and add to your gravy using the stock as a base. Very tasty.
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Put them in the pan under the turkey that you are catching the drippings in, along with some chicken broth. You can also put onions, garlic, carrots, etc. in the pan also.
  4. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yep, smoke and braise until the neck meat is tender, chop the gizzard, liver and heart very small to add to the gravy. The neck can be pulled off the bones or will fall apart easily if braised slowly. Do the gravy like described above.

    I've smoked them, then braised on the stove top if I didn't have room due to adding taters, etc to the smoke.

  5. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Giblet Gravy

    Take some drippings from the turkey with some broth and boil the giblets with it.

    add a chopped boiled egg and cornstarch to thicken................... enjoy.
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2011
  6. The turkey turned out great. I didn't do anything with the neck and giblets though, not enough time (i was also watching my 2 year old, who obviously approved of the final product..LOL)[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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