Wild Turkey BBQ Sandwiches

Wild turkey thighs and legs have become a favorite of mine in the past few years. The meat has incredible flavor and texture when cooked down until it shreds. Recently, we smoked a whole wild bird, and I reserved the legs and thighs for a special meal, BBQ turkey sandwiches.

I took the legs and thighs and put them in a slow cooker, breaking them down to create an amazing meal the whole family loved. Now it’s time to share that recipe with you.

•    Meat: 1-2 pounds leftover turkey (You can use raw turkey; it will just take longer.)
•    1 can beer
•    1 sweet onion, sliced
•    3 cloves garlic, chopped
•    1 cup BBQ sauce
•    1 teaspoon garlic powder
•    1 teaspoon smoked paprika
•    1 teaspoon garlic powder
•    2 teaspoons cracked pepper
•    1 teaspoon salt (Enough water to cover)

(Photo Credit: Jeremiah Doughty)

•    2 cups shredded cabbage mix
•    ½ cup mayo
•    1 teaspoon onion powder
•    1 teaspoon garlic powder
•    1 teaspoon cracked pepper
•    ½ teaspoon celery seed
•    1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Fried Onions:
•    1 sweet onion, halved and sliced thin
•    2 eggs, beaten
•    1 cup flour
•    1 teaspoon garlic powder
•    1 teaspoon seasoning salt
•    1 teaspoon smoked paprika
•    1 teaspoon cracked pepper
•    2 cups cooking oil

1. In slow cooker, add all ingredients under meat section and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours, or until meat shreds easily. If using raw meat, cook on high for 8 hours or low 6 hours.

2. While meat is cooking, work on slaw. In a bowl, add mayo, seasoning and Worcestershire sauce, mix completely. Fold in slaw mix and mix until coated. Cover and place in fridge until ready to use.

3. When your meat is ready, remove from cooking liquid, shred and then add back to the liquid.

4. Heat cooking oil over medium-high heat, keeping temperature at 325 degrees.

5. Season your flour with garlic, salt, pepper and paprika, toss onions in flour, dredge in eggs and then toss in flour again. Fry onions until crispy.

6. Assemble your sandwich with slaw, turkey meat, extra BBQ sauce and fried onions. For a bonus, you can dip your sandwich in the cooking liquid.

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