Well I finally tried it.. Seeing as I'm in Florida I had to try and copy (or maybe even.. surpass?) the famous Disneyland smoked turkey leg. The first issue is finding these huge legs. I found a supplier that home delivers once every 2 weeks in South Florida but I didn't know the size of the legs. When they arrived they were perfect!
So the process was pretty standard (as I've read here and on line) but I made sure to bake them in the oven, individually wrapped in foil for 2 hours at 350 degrees AFTER 5 hours of smoking. This allowed for the meat to be fall off the bone. I was scared that all the moisture would be gone but there was more than enough fat left on the skin to self baste in the foil.
It came out amazing! Even better than Disneyland :)
Enjoy the photos and happy smoking!
After 3 days in brine, 2 hours in cold water to rinse salt, 4 hours in the fridge for pellicule
Checking the smoke flow about 2 hours in
After 5 hours of smoking and 2 hours of baking in the oven
Great flake, great crunch still moist
As you can see, the extra time in the oven allows for all the fat on the skin to disappear and create an amazing crispy skin