Gizzards and hearts

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by hap12, Jun 20, 2014.

  1. hap12

    hap12 Fire Starter

    So I took the scooter down to the local grocery store to pick up a butt for tomorrow and a few things to make up another batch of bbq sauce. While I was there I was looking for something cheap to throw in the smoker while I was making the sauce and preparing the but for tomorrow. I came across these
    I've never done chicken gizzards and hears before and was feeling quite adventurous. Never even tasted gizzards before. A friend of mine likes to cook up some hearts on the grill once in a while, so I tried them a couple years ago while he wss having a cookout. I gatta tell you, they were delicious. Very meaty, with great flavor bursting in every bite. Tasted alot like beef.
    Since evrything tastes better smoked, the adventure begins.

    Rinsed em off good and into the flavor bath.

    Gotta get going on the sauce, so I'll keep posted of the gizzard and hearts progress.
  2. My grandmother used to fry chicken gizzards. They were delicious. Never had hearts though. Good luck to you. :)
  3. dandl93

    dandl93 Smoking Fanatic

    I fry chicken hearts,Gizzards and livers all the time.Let us know how smoking them turned out.With out frying them no way to make the dipping sauce...Milk Gravy.I am sure I could come up with a dipping sauce if they smoke well hahahahahah

  4. jlhog

    jlhog Smoke Blower

    I like my gizzards deep fried. They are great that way, but I may need to try some smoked soon.
  5. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Slow fried livers and gizzards with milk gravy and biscuits! OMG that's good stuff!

    I have never thought of smoking them, BUT I assume it will be a long smoke to get gizzards and hearts tender. They do make a good gumbo BTW.
  6. hap12

    hap12 Fire Starter

    Got the sauce going for tomorrow.

    So I went to put the gizzards and hearts in the MES40 and realized they will fall through the racks. So I looked for a cookie sheet, none to be found in the kitchen. Not sure where they went. I'll have to ask wifey tomorrow. So I decided to use my stainless pan I usually use to catch drippings in the smoker. Today I'll actually cook something in it!😃
    I hope they get enough exposure to the smoke. I'll stirr them every now and then. I also cut up a few slices of bacon and sprinkled over top to give them a little fat to cook in. And if they don't turn out, atleast I can pick the bacon bits out and have something to eat😄

    Also gives me some juice to make a nice sauce with.
  7. hap12

    hap12 Fire Starter

    I was reading an older post about smoking gizzards, and I think the person smoked em for 4 hours, then turned down to 200 deg. and cooked them overnight wrapped in foil to get them tender.
  8. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I could definitely believe that. I bet they are good though. Not sure I could ever wait that long....LOL 
  9. hap12

    hap12 Fire Starter

    Yeah, i'm not exactly the patient type myself. I'm going to try them after 4 hours to see how they are, but if they have to go allnight, I'll just have to have them with some eggs over easy. Bet they taste good dipped in some egg yoke.
  10. dandl93

    dandl93 Smoking Fanatic

    I pay around 50cents lb for chicken hearts,livers and gizzards.If I had other meat in the smoker I would try them smoked. I am not going to waste good wood just for them I will go the dipped battered and fried.

  11. hap12

    hap12 Fire Starter

    So after 11.5 hours in, they're still a bit chewy. But taste awesome. I pulled them so I could get my butt going. I may have to try them fried next time. They taste like steak with mushrooms. Dont know if that's normal or not, but the mushroomy taste and smell is prevalent. I do love me some good mushrooms.
  12. ibbones

    ibbones Meat Mopper

    Thanks for this post.  Got me thinking...

    Here in South Texas, gizzards are easy to be found but like others here, never thought about smoking them.  Maybe sometime this week.
  13. henchman21

    henchman21 Newbie

    New to this site and like it already :)

    Been searching for a smoked gizzard time chart as I have em in the Q right now! Guess I'll let em go till they tell me they're ready.

    Just finished a batch of Smoked Turkey Liver Pate, it's setting up in the frigermarator right now.

    Had Bag Roasted Turkey necks and Stuffing last night.

    Smoking a Brined Turkey on the morrow and doin' a  Mexican style Thanks Giving on Saturday!

    Shaping up to be a hell of a Holiday...

    Good Luck on all of your endeavors. Looking forward to learning from y'all
  14. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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