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Smoked Turkey Tails

Smoked Turkey Tails

Smoked turkey tails are a delicious and savory choice for any meal. Perfect for appetizers, entrées, or as an accompaniment to vegetables, this succulent poultry cut’s smoky flavor is sure to tantalize your taste buds. This simple yet flavorful recipe will have you craving more!
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Author: Lori Walker, MS, RD
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: turkey
Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 839kcal


  • paper towel
  • pot
  • knife


  • 8 teaspoons of turkey rub divided, imparting a blend of aromatic herbs and spices, enhancing the overall flavor profile of the dish.
  • 1 cup of honey offering a sweet and sticky glaze, creating a caramelized and mouthwatering coating on the turkey tails.
  • 10 cloves of garlic minced, adding a pungent and aromatic note, infusing the turkey tails with a rich and savory taste.
  • 10 turkey tails providing succulent and flavorful meat, perfect for a hearty and delicious dish.
  • 3 cups of white vinegar adding a tangy and acidic element, contributing to the overall flavor balance and tenderizing the meat.
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced, adding an additional layer of pungent and aromatic flavor, enhancing the overall taste of the dish.
  • 4 tablespoons of soy sauce adding a savory and umami flavor to the marinade, enhancing the taste of the turkey tails.
  • 4 tablespoons of Dijon mustard bringing a tangy and sharp flavor, complementing the sweetness of the honey and balancing the richness of the dish.
  • 3 cups of water providing moisture and creating a flavorful base for the cooking process.


  • Examine the turkey tails closely. Utilize a paper towel to get a better grip and pull out any feather shafts you may find.
  • Combine the soy sauce, honey, water, 2 teaspoons of turkey rub and garlic in a bowl. Stir until combined. Place the turkey tails in the bowl and make sure they are evenly coated with the marinade. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight for best results.
  • Drain the marinade from the turkey tails and pat them dry with paper towels. Combine 1 teaspoon of the turkey rub, dijon mustard, vinegar and garlic in a separate bowl. Place the turkey tails in a shallow dish or roasting pan and pour this mixture over top. Ensure that all of the turkey tails are evenly coated.
  • Preheat your smoker to 225°F. Place the turkey tails on the top rack and cook for 30 minutes, or until the internal temperature is 160°F. Baste with remaining marinade halfway through cooking.
  • When done, remove from heat and let cool before serving.


• Make sure the marinade mixture completely covers the turkey tails before refrigerating.
• For best results, use a grill thermometer to ensure the smoker is consistently at 225 degrees F (107C).
• The longer you smoke the turkey tails, the more tender and juicy they will be!
Keyword: Smoked Turkey, Smoked Turkey Tails