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Southern Smothered Turkey Necks

This savory and delicious recipe is for all my love bugs who gave up pork! Made in the Instant Pot for a quick dinner. Serve over rice, mashed potatoes, whatever you'd like!
Course Main
Cuisine Southern
Keyword smothered turkey necks
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Author I Heart Recipes


  • 4 lbs turkey necks regular, not smoked
  • 2 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp coarse black pepper
  • 2 large onions chopped
  • 3 stalks celery chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • (3) 0.87 packages of brown gravy mix I used McCormicks
  • 3 cups chicken or turkey broth


  • Make sure that the turkey necks are nice and clean, then place them into a large bowl.
  • Combine the seasoning salt, kosher salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and dried thyme together in a large bowl. Then sprinkle all over the turkey necks. Set the turkey necks to the side.
  • Drizzle 2 tbsp of vegetable into a large pan, then place over medium heat.
  • Once the oil is nice and hot, add in the onions and celery, and cook until they have a little color to them. Now toss in the garlic, and cook for 1 minutes. Turn the heat off.
  • Place all of the turkey necks into to the instant pot ( or whatever pressure cooker that you are using). Then add in the onions, celery, and garlic.
  • Now sprinkle in the packages of gravy mix, and pour in the broth.
  • Put the lid top on the instant pot, make sure it is sealed, and set it on high for 55 minutes.
  • Once done, carefully remove the steam ( as directed), then stir the southern smothered turkey necks.
  • Dish out the turkey necks, and serve over rice or potatoes.
  • Serve & Enjoy!