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Disneyland-Style Turkey Legs, Viper1's Recipe

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by mneeley490, Oct 13, 2013.

  1. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've been wanting to try these for a while, and finally found some turkey legs on sale. It's odd; around here you can find whole turkeys and breasts everywhere, but hardly ever wings or legs. I wonder where they go?

    Anyway, they came out great! I haven't been to Disneyland in years, not since the kids were small, but they do taste very close to how I remember them. Although, I have read that the ones at Disneyland are brined with liquid smoke, and then baked. [​IMG]

    Viper1's original thread is here: http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/120696/disney-fair-legs-my-way

    In the brine. I was happy to use up some TenderQuick that was in the pantry. Now that I have cure #1, I rarely ever use it.

    Soaked, dried off, and hit with a bit of Pam and paprika.

    The lower two legs must have come from Birdzilla! There were at least 2.5 lbs. each.

    Into the MES 30, with a 1-1/2 rows of Pitmasters Choice in the AMNPS.

    At the 3 hour mark.

    And done! Took about 4 hours at 225° to reach 165° IT.

    Plated, with a good hefeweizen! This was one of the "small" ones.

    (Notice the coupons in the corner? KFC can suck it! I'll take one of these any day.)

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  2. Wow. It looks like a Fred Flintstone leg there. Great cook!
  3. foamheart

    foamheart Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Did you know they used to have a tool that pulled the leaders/tendons out of the turkey legs?

    Ok, Its Renfest time, bring on the jesters!! Wench fetch me another tankard of ale, (and cinch up the boustiere up a bit higher)!! This is the point where I usually get slapped!!

    Did ya hold it and swing it around while talking when eating?

    Mmmmm... good smoked turkey legs! Its an attitude adjustment!

    Lookin GUD!
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Great looking legs!
  5. woodcutter

    woodcutter Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Those legs look great! I've been thinking of trying that as well.
  6. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

  7. Those are huge, but they looks very tasty! Can't find them locally here, unless you want already cooked and smoked. 
  8. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yeah, I don't know where the other parts usually go. Pet food, maybe?
  9. I want one!

    Love me some turkey legs if it wasn't for all those leaders/tendons.
  10. disco

    disco Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Normally it would be embarrassing to have so many people compliment your legs but these really deserve it. Great post.

  11. bkleinsmid

    bkleinsmid Smoking Fanatic

    That tool is still available from an outfit in the UK.......about $100 if I remember right.

    During "the season" when turkeys are in all the stores, my local grocer will break down birds into parts........wings, thighs, drums, half and whole breasts........backs get bagged up for soup stock. He said that the only other time he gets call for drums is during fair season and he will order then in by the case.

    MNEELEY490.......your legs (I mean those legs) look killer. great job.....

  12. I love how I went out and googled this contraption and found it right off the bat.

    Here is the top link in the search. lol [​IMG]