Black Eyed Peas With Smoked Turkey Necks

I’m a Brooklyn girl with down south roots and I love me some Soul Food. Black Eyed Peas with Smoked Turkey Necks is one of my favorite dishes. Throw it over some white rice or even eat it alone and you have a hearty and healthy meal. Black eyed peas are full of protein and help to lower cholesterol. Can’t go wrong with dishes that are tasty and good for you.

I remember my Grandma used to make Black Eyed Peas every New Years Eve as part of our first meal of the year as it is said that they bring good luck. I used to watch her closely and the only thing that I changed is the type of meat . My Grandma used pork neck bones or slab bacon and bacon grease. I no longer eat pork so I use the smoked turkey necks and chicken grease instead.  Whenever I fry chicken I keep the leftover grease in the fridge since I use in in my black eyed peas, collard greens and cabbage. So I always have some on hand. This recipe is easy but requires a little  preparation in advance.

What you will need…

roughly 2 lbs of smoked turkey necks (about 10 pieces)

1 lb bag of dried black eyed peas

about a 1/4 cup of leftover chicken grease (grease used to fry chicken)



cooked white rice


Soak the dried black eyed peas overnight or for at least 6 hours in cold water. Make sure that there is enough water in the dish to cover the peas completely as they will swell. When the peas are ready, sort through them for any that are bruised or broken and remove to discard. Rinse well.

In a large pot, bring about 5 cups of water to a boil and add the smoked turkey necks. Cook on medium heat for about twenty minutes. Add the black eyed peas slowly while stirring. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for four hours stirring constantly.

About halfway through, stir in the chicken grease and add salt and pepper to taste. You don’t really need any other seasonings since black eyed peas are naturally flavorful and the smoked turkey necks and chicken grease will add flavor while the peas cook. I like the juice in my peas thick but if you like a thinner juice just add more water, and salt & pepper to taste.

That’s it. Now serve in a bowl over white rice and enjoy!

By the way, you can freeze the leftovers in a freezer storage bag and reheat on the stove. Tastes just as good as fresh.


When I’m not hunting down the latest and greatest beauty products, beating a face or lacing a do, you can find me roaming the streets of NYC in my stilettos looking for the next best restaurant. Or in the kitchen trying to outdo myself from the last time.



  1. 09.15.2011 / 11:02 am

    you know what i just love black eye beans…thanx for the recipe…

  2. 09.15.2011 / 12:14 pm

    I’m a country girl so I love this. I just cooked black eye peas yesterday and ox tails.

  3. 09.15.2011 / 4:40 pm

    Looks tasty! Can I substitute the chicken grease for something else like regular margarine or even a broth?

    • Mz. More
      09.15.2011 / 6:55 pm

      Yes, but don’t use the margerine. The chicken grease is just to add flavor and thickens the juice a bit so you can just use the chicken broth and a little less water 🙂

  4. 09.18.2011 / 5:35 pm

    Looks good. Now you have me hungry

  5. Mrs.Dorsey
    11.11.2012 / 9:48 am

    Thanx for the recipe

    • Erica
      11.12.2012 / 10:54 am

      No problem! 🙂

  6. Jessy
    02.01.2013 / 8:20 pm

    Omg this is so my favorite

    • 03.29.2013 / 2:04 pm

      Can you use black eyed peas from a can?

      • Erica
        03.29.2013 / 4:15 pm

        Yup, canned beans are fine

  7. 11.18.2013 / 4:38 pm

    I thought i needed to get as much meat off the bone then throw the bones away….help

    • Erica
      11.18.2013 / 6:02 pm

      No leave the bones in, they add flavor. I like to nibble on them to get the rest of the meat off 🙂

  8. Jesto9
    11.24.2013 / 5:45 pm

    Did u season the meat??

    • Erica
      11.24.2013 / 6:01 pm

      No it doesn’t need it. Smoked Turkey already has a distinct flavor

  9. Jeanice
    12.29.2013 / 12:24 pm

    can I use smoked turkey tails..I also would prefer to use chicken broth for flavor instead of chicken grease, is that okay? Can this also be done in crock pot, if so, any idea how long? Look GOOD.

    • Erica
      12.29.2013 / 12:35 pm

      You can use turkey tails and chicken broth is fine. You can do it in a crock pot as well but I don’t know exactly how long it’s going to take.

  10. Donna
    12.31.2013 / 4:24 pm

    Best recipe I have seen yet…Thanks!!!!

  11. John Alexander Jr
    08.05.2014 / 2:53 pm

    John Thanks Erica, hope I can make right.

  12. Cassy
    08.09.2014 / 8:46 am

    I made them a couple of weeks ago but I only used half the bag. I’m making them today with a whole bag. I didn’t use chicken grease .I used chicken broth. Very tasteful.thank you

    • Erica
      08.09.2014 / 11:37 am

      That’s a nice healthy change. Glad you enjoyed it!

  13. Angela
    08.31.2014 / 6:41 am

    I made this exactly same recipe but I had only turkey necks, is that OK?

    • Erica
      08.31.2014 / 11:08 am

      Yes this is fine, that’s what I used

  14. camille
    11.27.2014 / 4:05 pm

    Can you use fresh turkey necks?

    • Erica
      11.28.2014 / 12:19 pm

      I don’t think they would impart the same flavor as smoked

      • camille
        11.28.2014 / 12:22 pm

        Had to improvise, fresh turkey necks salt, pepper, and chicken broth. Yummy.

        • Erica
          11.28.2014 / 12:46 pm

          Glad it worked out for you 🙂

  15. Dede
    04.07.2015 / 4:06 pm

    This is exactly how I make the omit the grease…I like mine thick as well over rice and cornbread muffin sprinkled on top…so delicious…

    • Erica
      04.08.2015 / 6:32 pm

      I’m actually making a pot this weekend with some homemade sweet cornbread. Yum 🙂

  16. LaMetrius Jackson
    08.19.2015 / 6:53 pm

    Thanks! Gotta try it!

  17. Mary Rodgers
    07.20.2016 / 3:56 pm

    Erica! You are my kind of girl!! This is how I make my black eyes, pintos even greens. Anything smoked gives great flavor along with the broth. I have my black eyes and smoked turkey necks on now. Mmmm good!!! Have a great day!!

    • Erica
      07.20.2016 / 9:54 pm

      I no longer eat meat so I substitute with smoked chipotle pepper sauce, but sometimes I do miss my smoked turkey necks. Enjoy! 🙂

  18. Michelle
    09.16.2016 / 10:05 pm

    I’ve read all of your comments….from 2011 to 2016. May I ask why you stopped eating meat. I’ve been considering this idea for health reasons personally. How is it working for you?
    Oh and did your beans taste as good?

    • Erica
      09.26.2016 / 3:26 pm

      Hi. I stopped eating meat as it’s just a healthier lifestyle and helps me to keep my weight in check. The beans are still good, it’s all about proper seasoning. 🙂

  19. Yvonne
    12.31.2016 / 11:19 am

    Your recipe is great. This is how I remembered my mother made her black eyed peas for new year. Creamy.

    • Erica
      01.02.2017 / 4:18 pm

      Thank you. My Grandma made it the same 🙂

  20. Eloise Chairs
    02.08.2017 / 2:49 pm

    I’m doing your recipe it looks so delicious. Only thing is I don’t have chicken grease or broth what’s a good substitute?

    • Erica
      02.09.2017 / 2:55 am

      Vegetable broth or bouillon!

  21. maureen sinkler
    08.13.2017 / 5:22 am

    how much water can I use if I do the chicken broth

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