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Pulled Turkey

Believe it or not, not everyone likes turkey for Thanksgiving!  Shocking, I know.  This year a friend of ours was joining the festivities and when asked, stated they didn’t care for turkey.  Sounds good to me because with it being only my partner and I, a turkey means a ton of leftovers!  So instead, we bought a package of drumsticks and I prepared them in my slow cooker.  This serves two purposes: 1. it allows for an amazing tasting meal and 2. there’s no cavemanish eating meat off the bone.  I originally created this dish as means to make a really tasty gravy but the wonderful side effect was a tender turkey in gravy dish that I LOVE to make and everyone else LOVES to eat!


  • 2-4 Turkey drumsticks*
  • Garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup Brown gravy mix
  • 2 Tbsp Apricot preserves**
  • Bisquick mix***
  • 1 cup Cranberries (dried, fresh or frozen)
  • 2-4 Bouillon cubes


  1. Begin by placing two to four drumsticks in a slow cooker (crock pot) and covering with water.
  2. Set cooker on high
  3. Sprinkle in about a teaspoon of garlic powder
  4. Add one bouillon cube per drumstick
  5. Stir in two tablespoons of apricot preserves
  6. Whisk one cup of hot water and brown gravy mix
  7. Cover
  8. Allow turkey to cook on high, stirring occasionally, until turkey falls off the bone (this usually takes about five hours for four legs)
  9. Remove the bones (you can freeze the bones to make broth later) and the skin (if you didn’t remove it already)
  10. Remove some liquid into a bowl, and whisk Bisquick into mix to thicken to your liking.
  11. Add cranberries
  12. Turn off heat and allow to cool, stirring occasionally
  13. Enjoy!


*White meat falls apart a lot sooner than the dark meat.

**Apricot preserves can be substituted with apple sauce as its primarily used to keep the turkey moist and add a bit of autumn flavor.  They are also a great addition to your yam/sweet potato recipe!

***Instead of Bisquick, you can use Arrowroot or any flour you wish but it doesn’t quite have the flavorful effect.