Pulled Turkey – Try this delicious turn on the classic pulled pork

Pulled Turkey – Try this delicious turn on the classic pulled pork

Pulled Pork is one of those legendary recipes you need to make to be able to call yourself a BBQ lover. Those long sessions leading to a fabulous tasting piece of meat is what we all love. Yet there’s more than pork, so why not trying to make this Pulled Turkey recipe? It’s a delicious alternative for people who can’t eat pork for religious reasons or the fitness friends among us. But even if you don’t follow any restrictions like me, it’s awesome. Take a quick look and find out how to make Pulled Turkey Yourself!

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So, what’s Pulled Turkey?

I guess it’s not hard to figure it out. It’s the turkey version of pulled pork. So what you’ll be preparing is a nice piece of apple wood smoked turkey slowly cooked untill it’s falling apart. Just like the pork version you will need a piece of meat with some fat in it. The fat does not only enhance the flavor it’s also keeping your turkey moist during the process. Using a breast would lead to a dry piece of meat you won’t be happy with. Moreover these thighs are way cheeper. Isn’t that what makes BBQ lovely. Turning the cheaper pieces of meat into a delicious meal?

Pulled Turkey

Why would I make it?

Simply because it’s f*cking good (excuse me for my faul language but it’s the truth). If you think pulled pork rocks. You really need to try the pulled turkey version. Turkey seems to absorb the smokey flavors faster than pork (or I was just dreaming). So you’ll have a delicious smoked result. Combining the turkey leg with a good rub like the one used below or a storebought or homemade picadillo rub will do great. Finnish it with a good sauce and serve it over nacho’s or in a taco. Next week I’ll be sharing a delicious version of the Mexican Tinga Taco! So stay tuned for it.

Pulled Turkey

Look at the lovely colour! I forgot to take a picture of the end result when the skin was even more crispy. The leg gets pretty dark and packed full of taste! What would you make with the pulled Turkey? What’s your favorite Pulled Pork Recipe? Maybe you could try the same with a pulled turkey version? I wonder how these Pulled Pork Kroketten would taste with pulled Turkey! So let us know what you made with it and share your pics on social media! If you do tag me with #TheBBQBastard

Pulled Turkey
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 10 mins

We all know the legendary KCBS style BBQ recipe called Pulled Pork! Some of you might have tried pulled chicken. But who among you tried Pulled Turkey? Buy yourself a Turkey Leg and handle it with patience! The result: a juicy poultry version of an american classic!

Course: Main, Poultry
Cuisine: American, Mexican, South-American
  • 1 leg of a turkey
  • 2 Tbsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly cut cilantro
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 2 chunks apple wood
  1. Prepare your BBQ for an indirect cooking session at low heat (about 110°C/230°F). You can do this by using a platesetter, using an offset smoker, splitting the coals to both sides with empty room in between, … All depending on what type of BBQ you use. 

  2. Mix all rub ingredients by hand and break up the clumps. 

  3. Rub the turkey everywhere. You can remove a part of the skin to rub underneath. This way the flavor will get deeper in the meat. 

  4. Before you put the Turkey Leg on the BBQ you toss in 2 chunks of apple wood on a low heat zone between the coals. This way the chunks won’t burn too fast. Wait until you see a thin blue smoke coming out of your grill before you put the Turkey Leg on the grid.

  5. Close the lid and let it smoke for a couple of hours (4-5). You’ll notice when it’s done when the meat falls of the bone when you lift it. If you did well you’ll have a nice crispy skin and a delicious smokey flavor. 

  6. Pull apart and serve! This Pulled Turkey batch served as a base for the Tinga Taco I’m about to share next week. But you can also add some pulled turkey on top of your Nacho’s. Delicious!

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