Smoked Turkey Drums with Apple Ginger BBQ Sauce


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2 lbs Butterball Turkey Drums1 tsp ginger1 tsp paprika1/2 tsp onion powder1/2 tsp garlic powder1 Tbsp brown sugar1 tsp salt1 tsp black pepper


3 Tbsp olive oil1/2 onion, diced3 cloves garlic, finely minced2 Tbsp fresh ginger, finely minced1 cup ketchup1/2 cup apple cider vinegar1/3 cup brown sugar1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce1/4 cup molasses1/2 tsp salt


  1. In a bowl, combine the ginger, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, brown sugar, salt and black pepper. Add the Butterball Turkey Drums and rub all over to coat.

  2. Load your Ninja Woodfire Grill & Smoker with your pellets of choice. Then, add the dry rubbed turkey drums and close the smoker. Set your Ninja to "Smoker" at 250 degrees for 1 hour and 45 minutes, then turn on.
  3. While the turkey smokes, make the sauce. In a saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium low, then add the onions, garlic, and ginger. Sweat for 8-9 minutes, then add all of the remaining ingredients. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce to a low simmer. Cook for 35-45 minutes, or until thickened, then remove and set aside.
  4. When the turkey drums are done and have reached an internal temperature of 180˚F/82˚C, remove and use a pastry brush to spread on some of the sauce. Serve right away with some extra sauce on the side and enjoy!

  5. Recipe by: Chef Shahir Massoud

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