Wild Turkey Recipe for the Major Outdoor Enthusiast
Wild Turkey Carnitas Tacos
- 2-4 turkey drumsticks (alt: 2 turkey thighs)
- 1 quart turkey/chicken stock
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1 orange, sliced
- 3 garlic cloves, smashed
- 2 tsp oregano
- 2 tsp dried thyme
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 bay leaves
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 5 tbsp lard (alt: olive oil)
- corn/wheat tortillas
- 4 oz pico de gallo
- 1 red onion
- cilantro springs
- 1 lime
- Place turkey in a large pot, pour over the stock, and then fill with enough water to cover the turkey.
- Add the orange, garlic, onion, thyme, oregano, cinnamon, bay leaves, and brown sugar. Do not add the lard.
- Bring the pot to a simmer and add salt to taste.
- Cook gently until the meat is tender. The time depends on the turkey. It could take 90 minutes if it is store bought, or 4 hours if it is an older wild turkey.
- When the turkey is tender, remove it from the pot and let it cool. Then, pull the meat off the bones and shred.
- Brown the meat in a frying pan with the lard.
- Assemble the turkey tacos: Heat the tortillas, if you prefer, before adding the meat and topping with the chopped onions, pico de gallo, and cilantro. Squeeze the lime juice on top.
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