Simple Smoked Chicken or Turkey Gravy with Beer (Using Drippings)
Quick and delicious, this smoked chicken or turkey gravy is exactly what you need to top off your meat and to smother your cooked veggies. Browned flour replaces store bought gravy granules and combines with your smoked chicken drippings to create the ultimate topping for your Beer Can Smoked Chicken, Smoked Spatchcock Chicken or Juicy Smoked Turkey or Smoked Spatchcocked Turkey.
Smoked Chicken or Turkey Drippings: I used the drippings from my Smoked Beer Can Chicken but you can use any drippings you like! The smoked chicken had beer that spilled into the drippings making the gravy even more delicious!
Broth: I use regular chicken stock (broth) but you could also use vegetable stock.
All Purpose Flour: This flour gets browned to perfection and adds a lot of flavour to the gravy.
Salt & Pepper: To taste- I love the extra heat that pepper brings to the gravy.
Beer: Any beer will work. You can swap out the beer for some apple cider vinegar or omit the beer all together. In the end you need two cups of liquid including drippings, broth, and beer.
What to do if your gravy is too runny:
If your gravy is too runny, you can continue to cook it down, adding 1 tbsp of flour to it at a time. Alternately you can make a cornstarch slurry using 1 tbsp of cornstarch and 1 tbsp cold water.
What to do if your gravy is too thick:
Simply add more broth or drippings, about 1/4 cup at a time until you have reached your desired consistency.
Chicken or Turkey: I have an awesome Smoked Beer Can Chicken recipe that goes perfectly with this gravy. Ally at Crave The Good has a popular Smoked Turkey recipe that would have awesome drippings for this smoked gravy recipe as well!
Beer: If you don’t have any beer to add to your gravy you can simply omit and use extra drippings or broth. Alternatively you can use apple cider vinegar and it will have a similar taste. In a pinch you could use water in place of broth but I recommend adding extra bouillon cubes or powder.
Batch + Storage
This chicken gravy recipe will yield 2 cups of gravy. It will keep in the fridge for up to four days or in the freezer for up to four months in an airtight container.
How to Make Smoked Chicken or Turkey Gravy
Step 1. Collect the drippings from your chicken, turkey or other meat (turkey, roast, etc…) in a bowl or glass measuring cup. Skim the fat if desired.
Step 2. Pour all of the flour into a heavy-bottomed sauce pan and brown it over medium heat until it is uniformly golden brown.
Step 3. Add 1/4 cup of drippings and stir continuously until it becomes a thick paste. Whisk in the remaining drippings and stir well.
Step 4. Add enough chicken broth to amount to 2 cups of liquid including the drippings, whisking over medium heat for 5-10 minutes (until desired thickness.) Spoon in more flour one tablespoon at a time if you want a thicker consistency. If it is too thick, add additional broth.
Step 5. Add salt and pepper to taste. Top with fresh parsley or other herbs.
Recipes That Taste Delicious With This Smoked Gravy
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Simple Smoked Chicken or Turkey Gravy
- 1 cup chicken drippings including any beer that spilled out onto the pan *You can add about 1/4 cup beer if needed.
- 1 cup chicken broth or other broth
- 1/4 cup beer *Optional if your drippings don't have any beer already.
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 pinch salt to taste
- Carefully tip the drippings from your pan into a bowl or glass measuring cup. Let them sit for two minutes and skim any fat that collects off the top using a large spoon or ladle.
- Pour all of the flour into a heavy-bottomed sauce pan and brown it over medium heat until it is uniformly golden brown.
- Add 1/4 cup of drippings and stir continuously until it becomes a thick paste. Whisk in the remaining drippings and stir well creating a roux.
- Pour in the broth, whisking for 5-10 minutes (until desired thickness.)
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
Wow this turned out awesome for me with my chicken. I can’t wait to try it with turkey… or even a roast. Who knew gravy was so easy.
I didn’t have a lot of drippings so I added extra water and it turned out nice!