The Best Turkey Gravy Recipe (Of All Time, I Promise!)

This the perfect turkey gravy for Thanksgiving or any occasion! Having a rich and flavorful gravy will take your delicious smoked turkey to the next level! 

We all love gravy, so this recipe ensures there will be turkey gravy left over as long as there is turkey still in the fridge!

If your looking to impress your guests and get your taste buds tingling, try pairing this turkey gravy with my smoked potatoes!

Be warned after making this once I am know in charge of the smoked potatoes every Thanksgiving (lucky I love firing up the smoker year round).

The Perfect Turkey Gravy Recipe

A delicious addition to your smoked turkey!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: condiment
Cuisine: Barbecue
Servings: 2 Litres
Calories: 100kcal
Author: Charlie
Cost: $10

Equipment

  • Saucepan

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 rib celery
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • the neck and giblets (except the liver)
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 2 Tablespoons apple brandy
  • 4 cups homemade chicken stock or turkey stock
  • 4 cups mixed cooking liquids from your Thanksgiving side dishes potatoes, peas, green beans, etc
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns whole
  • 4 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1-2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • turkey pan drippings all but 2-3 Tablespoons of fat skimmed off
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Peel and chop the carrot, celery, onion and garlic. Measure out the 8 cups of liquid (stock plus cooking liquids).
  • Heat the butter and oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the neck and giblets and cook until the meats are cooked through and have taken on a bit of color.
  • Add the chopped vegetables and garlic, and sauté until the vegetables are caramelized, about 15 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking and burning. You may need to turn the heat down to low or medium-low.
  • Mix the apple juice and brandy together, and turn the heat up to medium-high. Add the juice mixture to the pan to deglaze, scraping up the brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Reduce until the juice evaporates to an essence (Approx. 5 minutes).
  • Add the 8 cups of liquid, peppercorns, parsley, thyme, poultry seasoning and bay leaf. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered for one hour. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Strain this “quick stock” and set aside.
  • Remove turkey from roasting pan. Pour off pan drippings and reserve. Place roasting pan over high heat (straddling two burners, if necessary deglaze with white wine.
  • Skim all but 2-3 Tablespoons of the fat from the reserved pan drippings and return the drippings to the pan.
  • Sprinkle the flour into the pan and cook over medium-high heat, scraping and stirring constantly, for 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour in the quick stock and bring liquid to a boil over medium heat to thicken.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings.
  • Strain through a fine mesh strainer before serving.

Turkey Gravy With or Without Drippings

You can make the best turkey gravy with or without drippings from a turkey or chicken (that is why it is bloody good!). I like to use flour as I find it gives a better consistency then cornstractch (that is a personal prefences, so I suggest you try both. 

This alternative recipe to the one above is super simple and will take aobut 12 minutes from start to finish! All you need to pick up is some high quality stock from the supermarket and drippings. 

Don’t stress if you don’t have much you can always make it up with the stock! Just use the ratios one to one. So if you have one ciup of dippings use one cup of store brough stock, two cups of dippings use two cups of store brough stock (and so on).

How to Thicken Your Turkey Gravy

You will find that most recipes for turkey gravy use cornstratch to thicken it. I have found that flour works much better and does’nt impact the flavour at all. 

Just make you whisk the gravy really well so that it is fully incorporated into your butter 

Need Turkey Gravy For A Crowd?

If your cooking for a crowd this Thanksgiving don’t stress. Its been tested and you can easily double to triple this recipe to ensure you have ample amounts of yummy turkey gravy! My little trick is too make it ahead of time and just warm it up when every is ready to eat. Prepping as much as can will allow you to enjoy the moments (and this recipe is perfect for that!)

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4 thoughts on “The Best Turkey Gravy Recipe (Of All Time, I Promise!)”

  1. Its weird but we have a tradition of doing smoked turkey on 4th of July (ohh man family traditions!) I used my drippings to make your turkey gravy recipe, it was so the best one we have all tasted so far!! It will be a regular in our household from now on, thanks Charlie!

    1. Hiya Hugo!!

      So stoked you and the fam enjoyed the travy gravy recipe!! Me and my family have lots of weird traditions as well! For some unknown reason if there isnt any of moms famous icecream and jelly cake at our Thanksgiving there is lots if complaining! Let me know if you try honey bbq sauce that also works well with the smoked turkey!

      Charlie 🙂

    1. Thanks Hank!! So stoked that you and the family enjoyed it my turkey gravy! Did you smoke your turkey or do it in the oven? Love to hear what sides you had with it!!

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