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BBQ Turkey Legs
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Brining Time
4 hrs 10 mins
Total Time
7 hrs

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
Calories: 1303 kcal
Author: Derek Wolf
Turkey Ingredients
  • 4 Whole Turkey Legs
  • 3 tbsp Onion Powder
  • 3 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 3 tbsp Paprika
  • 2 tbsp Black Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp Cayenne Powder
  • 1 cup Range Style BBQ Sauce
  • Olive Oil
Brine Ingredients
  • 1 gallon Water
  • 1 cup Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tbsp Onion Powder
  • 2 tbsp Peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp 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 250F. Add turkey legs to smoker and let cook for 2.5-3 hours or until internal temperature is 175F. 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!

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Nutrition Facts
BBQ Turkey Legs
Amount Per Serving (1 Turkey Leg)
Calories 1303 Calories from Fat 423
% Daily Value*
Fat 47g72%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Polyunsaturated Fat 13g
Monounsaturated Fat 15g
Cholesterol 481mg160%
Sodium 29604mg1287%
Potassium 2462mg70%
Carbohydrates 78g26%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 52g58%
Protein 137g274%
Vitamin A 970IU19%
Vitamin C 15mg18%
Calcium 314mg31%
Iron 16mg89%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not dietitians or nutritionist. Nutritional information on overthefirecooking.com comes from online calculators. While we attempt to make this information accurate, it should only been viewed as an estimate.