Smoked turkey necks is like oxtail to me, its a very rich hearty meal that the supper market still has not realized yet. Its comfort food! Since we are having these cold snaps this year (finally!) I am pulling out some of the old go to's and adding a twist.
First I gotta tell you, I nearly fell over, Turkey necks are cryopacked. This means I am sure they prices will go thru the roof soon. Too sad.
While the smoker heated to 275, with the vents closed, and the AMPS in the lighting Stage I added some gizzards to the necks in a bowl. I added Lea & Perins, Malt vinegar, Tony's "More", and a touch of oil. A simple quick marinade. 30 mins later the box is at 275, I have the AMPS puffing like a locomotive, I add the meat, open the vent full, pull the chip loaded out an inch, and we have SMOKE!
30 mins later I shut the vent by half, and reduce the box temp to 180. I check it again after 30 mins to ensure the lose of the high temp did not cause a draft loose in the box. 2 hours later I pull the meat. Yes, I could have just used the chips for this but now I use the AMPS just so I can ensure I can. BTW notice how nice its sits on the grate sitting upon the reloader enclosure ensuring quality air flow.
Inside, I am just slicing and dicing,chopping and grinding and peeling. Did I mention I sharpened the knives last night? Hey, its just extra protein right? There's shallots, onions, celery, carrots, bell peppers, parsley, garlic and ginger.
I had originally planned to throw it all in a roaster and braise it. Phone rang, family problems, and forget it. Doh!
What to do,what to do...... My Mom was born long before microwaves and having two kids and being a special needs educator she was quite handy with a now near forgotten cooking method. Notice the pan, Its a pressure cooker. 15 mins. in the pressure cooker was like and hours and a half in the oven.
Looks at that caramelization from a pressure cooker! We are talking fall of the bone turkey necks and fork tender smoked gizzards! I make a great gravey and mashed potatoes, fresh corn on the cob, a salad, and............
I am getting old, earlier I had boiled some macaroni and was going to make a macaroni and baby green pea salad. That was when the phone rang. Goofy me comes back and makes Mac & Cheese. Hey its my favorite thing and I wasn't thinking and just started throwing it all together. I know none of ya'll are goofy like that but I seem to be doing more and more of these silly things. What will I ever do when I get old?
Here it is out the oven, This is when the pictures ended as the neighbors (that's plural) knocked on the door cause they smelled the and since it was cold and they didn't have electricity thought they would come over and visit. I am just no count. I slide the Mac & cheese into the corner of the counter behind the reefer and fed them the turkey necks and gizzards. They also wondered and asked about when the quart jars would be ready for sampling! Its ok, long as they didn't get my Mac & cheese!
I think sometime while they were here a mouse got into it, that's my story and I am sticking too it!
Sorry for no Bear pictures, but I am just not to the point where I will say, gee wait I want a picture of that food first.....LOL Its just not a warm fuzzy comfortable feeling yet.
So there ya are, smoked gizzards and turkey necks braised in Grandma's microwave. The broth that wasn't turned into gravy is was rich I kept thinking about Moklie's ( BTW I am sorry man, my mind just can not wrap around the spelling of your name and I so apologize!) Dish were he doubles the broth and returns half to the freezer everytime, well this was that good.
Nothing fancy, just good warm rich delightful meal.
Thanks for checking it. Hope you decide to give it a try, even though I know many folks have issues with innards, its a really hearty and delicious while inexpensive meal.
PS I chuckled the hold time I was cooking, thinking I should try and bone out the necks, but I knew I could never keep up with SnorklingGirl!
Edited by Foamheart - 2/12/14 at 10:34pm