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Need help, I have uncooked turkey instead of smoked turkey

DonnaintheCity | Dec 30, 201506:49 PM     12

Not sure how to do this, any helpful suggestions would be appreciated.

I have a recipe for making black-eyed peas with smoked turkey in the slow cooker (for New Years Day, natch). I intended to buy smoked turkey wings and leg, but at the store, the labels on the meat all said the smoked turkey was made with nitrates.

For various health reasons I declined to get the nitrate turkey. Instead, I bought raw, cut-up turkey wings and leg.

Now, I know the turkey won't get fully cooked if I throw it in the slow cooker and just follow the recipe, which calls for a low temp setting and a 6-hour cooking time.

How should I prepare this turkey before putting it in the slow cooker?

Would I brown it in a pan on top of the stove -- is that enough? That's only 10 or 15 minutes on medium high heat -- does't seem like it will get very cooked. Maybe brown it in a saute pan, then stick the pan in the oven and roast the meat for little while, and THEN throw it in the slow cooker?

thanks for any suggestion. (also, should I sprinkke some smoked paprika in the beans to give it some "smoked" flavoring? )

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