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BBQ Turkey Legs
Prep Time
4 hrs
Cook Time
3 hrs 10 mins
Resting Time
10 mins
Total Time
7 hrs 20 mins

Smoked up some delicious and sweet BBQ Turkey legs with this recipe! Try it for Thanksgiving!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, BBQ
Keyword: BBQ Turkey Legs
Servings: 4 people
Author: Derek Wolf
Turkey Ingredients
  • 4 whole turkey legs
  • 3 tbsp of onion powder
  • 3 tbsp of garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp of paprika
  • 2 tbsp of black pepper
  • 2 tbsp of cumin
  • 2 tsp of cayenne powder
  • 1 cup of Range Style BBQ Sauce
  • Olive Oil
Brine Ingredients
  • 1 gallon of water
  • 1 cup of kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp of garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp of onion powder
  • 2 tbsp of peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp of paprika
  1. In a large pot, combine all brine ingredients and let boil. Once boiling, cool down to room temperature. Rinse turkey legs and submerge in the cooled down brine. Add ice if needed. Let turkey brine from 4-24 hours.
  2. When the legs are ready, pull out of brine and discard brine. Rinse and pat turkey legs dry. Lather with olive oil and season with onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, black pepper, cayenne powder and cumin.
  3. In your smoker (I prefer my Pitbarrel), create fire using Cowboy Charcoal and Western Wood Chips. Bring up to a steady 300F. Add turkey legs to smoker and let cook for 3 hours or until internal temperature is 165F. When close to finished, pull turkey legs off and lather with Range Style BBQ Sauce. Place back on smoker for 10 minutes to carmelize.
  4. Pull turkey legs off smoker, let rest for 10 minutes and enjoy!