Episode #23: Turkey smoke competitions add flavor to summer

In episode #23 of What The Cluck! Podcast, summer is heating up with turkey smoke competitions as host Steve Olson interviews Beth Breeding, vice president of communications and marketing for the National Turkey Federation, Leslee Oden, vice president of legislative affairs for the National Turkey Federation, and Joey Machado, brand manager for B&B Charcoal.

Learn about turkey as a versatile protein that takes on various flavor profiles, how the National Turkey Federation is investing in barbecue contests to increase the awareness of turkey in the barbecue community, and competition stories and grilling tips from barbecue expert Joey Machado. NTF is excited to bring turkey smoke to a competition near you! Have fun trying your hand at the grill this summer and experiment with turkey to create delicious flavor combinations.

Follow the National Turkey Federation (Serve Turkey) on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and be sure to tag them in your photos of grilling or smoking turkey at home. Follow #turkeysmoke and #tryturkey to join the online conversation.

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Tasty Turkey Meatballs

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I thought I would share this very quick and easy recipe I use for Christmas — it’s healthy, lean, and delicious … the perfect turkey meatballs! I can tell you this is one of our family favorites. EVERYBODY raves about this one!
I have finally tweaked this recipe to create a similar texture to ground beef (which many of you are probably used to using). Ground turkey is going to give you lots of high quality  and lean protein! You won’t have to worry as much about your waistline when eating this delicious and healthy recipe. Give this recipe a try and please let me know what you think of it! Your input is greatly appreciated :)
From Meadowlark Farms, we wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2018!
Turkey Meatballs
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 small to medium onion, diced
  • 1 egg
  •  2-3 garlic cloves (freshly minced)
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • Himalayan Salt and cracked pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Mix all ingredients together; use ice cream scoop to put meatballs onto baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown and the turkey registers 165 degrees F. on a meat thermometer.
Healthy BBQ Sauce
  •  1 (15 oz.) Can Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/3 Cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Raw Honey
  • 1/4 Cup Tomato Paste
  • 1/4 Cup Molasses
  • 3 Tbs. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tsp. Paprika
  • 1 Tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp. Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp. Salt
  • 4 Pinches Red Cayenne Pepper
Whisk all ingredients together in a medium sauce pan over medium-high until mixture reaches a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and allow sauce to cook until it has reduced and thickened a bit (about 25 minutes). Serve with turkey meatballs immediately. Or set aside to cool for 15 minutes and store sauce in refrigerator for up to 1 week.