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Smoked Turkey Legs!

post #1 of 31
Thread Starter 
Decided to change the pace a little and smoke some turkey legs. I've always loved the ones I get at the state fair and in Hillsville VA at the big flea market. Bought three packs containing 3 each and each pack weighed about 3 1/2 pounds so they were only a little over a pound a piece. Decided not to brine them and made up a rub of garlic powder, poultry seasoning, Tony's Cajun seasoning and a little Chipotle powder to give it a kick. Cook temperature was 250-275 degrees and I spritzed them with apple juice and turned them over on the hour. Four hours later they reached my target internal temperature of 180 degrees. They turned out great!PDT_Armataz_01_01.gif I love the ham flavor and appearance the meat has. Here is the q-view before I removed them from the smoker and foiled them to rest.
post #2 of 31
Those are what I would (and do) call mighty fine legs!PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif Just curious....why not brine. I find that any turkey/yardbird does come out more moist. But again, darn good lookin grub. Twas just a wonderin.....
post #3 of 31
Great looking "Q" PDT_Armataz_01_18.gif
post #4 of 31
Thread Starter 
I have been extremely busy and just didn't have the time to brine.....got in late last night. I wasn't too concerned about dryness since the legs are dark meat but I was a little leary. Luckily, they turned out nice and moist! (I had to try one when I took it off the grates PDT_Armataz_01_28.gif) This will be part of my supper before I go to work tonight. PDT_Armataz_01_29.gif
post #5 of 31
Very BIG CONGRATES on your smoke!
post #6 of 31
Nice legs!!

post #7 of 31
I agree "nice legs". Thanks for the picture and how you made them. I will have to try them out.
post #8 of 31
Good looking legs there WV
post #9 of 31
Good job WV! I love trukey kegs smoked! yummmmmmm

post #10 of 31
Throw a couple in with a pot of beans in place of a smoked ham hoc!

I am still looking for the perfect brine, but that doesn't mean that I have ever had a bad brine. Teryaki and garlic seems to be a pretty good start.
post #11 of 31
Those are some sexy legs!
post #12 of 31
I have a two pack thawing out right now! I can't wait to try them out!
post #13 of 31
Thread Starter 
Keep us posted on the results! smile.gif
post #14 of 31
great lookin' legs lol.
post #15 of 31
I am going to give them a try soon looks good
post #16 of 31
The only way I ever find legs is atached to a turkey. Where'd you find all those legs?
post #17 of 31
Great job!! We were down @ Disney World last year and had a few Legs @ MGM studios, They just use a simple salt water brine and smoke them. They were also Great..Will definitly be trying soon...
post #18 of 31
Thread Starter 
Found them in WalMart in the fresh meat section with the Turkey breasts. They seem to carry them on a regular basis.
post #19 of 31
My son-in-law want some smoked turkey legs for his B-day dinner. I'll be danged if I can find any legs short of being attached to the rest of the bird! Can anybody point me in the right direction?

Mucho thanks!
post #20 of 31
@ Dutch and Debi

The darn things can be elusive! The more you want them the harder they are to find! They are usually in the fresh meat cooler right next to the other turkey parts, but some times it is like they never even existed and they just can't be found! I usually get them at Publix or Kroger and have seen them at Wally World. I would like to find a commercial/wholesale source to buy like 20 or 30 legs at a pop. They keep well, share well and are cheap and easy (to make that is). My biggest complaint is that the ones that I have seen as of late are kind of on the small side, I suspect that there is a pretty good commercial market for them and the biggest and best go there.
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