Smoked giant turkey legs

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by aprilized, Jul 19, 2015.

  1. aprilized

    aprilized Fire Starter

    Hi everyone!

    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

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  2. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Very nice, looks like ya nailed it ! Great job ! Thumbs Up
  3. aprilized

    aprilized Fire Starter

    Thanks! I'm very happy it turned out. The more I work on this new technique (smoking that is) the more I see how much there is to learn even after being a professional chef for 20 years.. Nothing better than learning new things as the years go by :) 
  4. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice looking drumsticks! So where's the joust?
  5. aprilized

    aprilized Fire Starter

    Hah.. I jousted when I stuck the temp probe in one of them :) 
  6. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Them legs are huge.

    Nice cook.
  7. Looks great, good color

  8. aprilized

    aprilized Fire Starter

    Thanks gentlemen, appreciate it.

  9. Woooooow. I just eat a sandwich and ur turkey legs made me angry againn. Looks perfect. Very great jobb
  10. That looks awesome. Great color too!
  11. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Tasty looking legs!
  12. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Stellar results, Sir!


  13. aprilized

    aprilized Fire Starter

    Much thanks all. .. It's "ma'am" Disco :) 
  14. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    My apologies. 
  15. aprilized

    aprilized Fire Starter

    No problem :) 
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  16. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Them Gobbler Legs look amazing , and so huge. Darn things are almost bigger than you are. Thanks for the look. [​IMG]
  17. stickyfingers

    stickyfingers Smoking Fanatic

    Great legs! Great info, thanks. How did the legs get crispy if they were baked while wrap in foil?
  18. aprilized

    aprilized Fire Starter

    I only wrapped them in foil when I put them in the oven. I smoked them first for 5 hours and then wrapped in foil and baked for 2 hours in the oven at 365 degrees. Then unwrapped and baked one hour at 340 degrees.


  19. 5pmbbq

    5pmbbq Newbie

    I'm going to have to try this. We love our WDW turkey legs! Thanks for sharing!
  20. petrus62

    petrus62 Newbie

    Turkey legs are one of my favorites meats

    I eat them witht some potatoes salad and a cup of champagne


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