LOOKING for: Smoked turkey legs like at the fair?

SylviaJune 28, 2003

Turkey legs are on sale and I was thinking if I could smoke them like the ones at the fair they would be a big hit. Does anyone know the secret? We do have a covered grill I can do the smoking part in but is there a marinade first or a glaze to use? Thanks.

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Found this doing a search, hope this helps
Brine for Smoked Turkey Legs

1 gallon water
1 cup kosher or unionized salt
1/2 cup sugar
6 fresh tarragon leaves or 1/4 cup dried tarragon
1 teaspoon black pepper

The water you use should be unclorinated. If you don't have easy
access to good spring water. Boil it first, let it cool and then add all
other ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Place turkey legs in large non -
dish and cover completely with brine. Let sit in refrigerator for 24
hours or overnight. Remove turkey legs from brine and dry. Coat with olive
oil. Place in Smoker

1. In a saucepot, mix together the sugars, salt, water, spices and herbs.
Bring to a simmer, stirring until the sugars and salt are dissolved. Remove
from the heat and allow to cool.
2. Pour the cooled brine over the turkey legs, completely covering the
3. Place in the refrigerator and allow to marinate for at least 12 hours but
no more than 14 hours.
4. Remove turkey legs from the brine and quickly rinse off the herbs and
spices under cold water.
5. Smoke the turkey legs at 300 degrees F for 1.5 hours with light applewood
smoke (or according to the manufacturer's directions), or until the turkey
legs are cooked through to an internal temperature of 180 degrees F. If a
smoker is not available, use pecan or mesquite wood with a wood burning
grill and replenish the wood as needed to maintain a 300 degree F heat.

Grilled Turkey Legs

Makes 6 servings

" These spicy turkey legs are sweet and hot - just like the smoked turkey
legs you get at the fair or theme park! "

1 (2 liter) bottle lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons hot sauce
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 large sweet onion, sliced
4 turkey legs
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon steak seasoning

1 Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil grate.
2 In a large pot, mix the lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage, sugar,
hot sauce, red pepper, pepper, and onion. Place the turkey legs in the
mixture, and bring to a boil. Cook 30 to 45 minutes, until the turkey has
reached an internal temperature of 180 degrees F (80 degrees C).
3 Remove onion slices from the mixture, and arrange on the prepared grill.
Place turkey legs over the onions. Drizzle with honey, and season with steak
seasoning. Cook, tuning once, 20 minutes, or until a crisp browned crust has
formed on the turkey legs.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2003 at 12:03PM
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By anychance does anyone know of a whole saleer that sells the turkey legs? and also how would one smoke it? (the turkey leg)

obbahich@gmail.com if anybody has any info regarding this matter also, thanks for the recipe. :)

    Bookmark   March 27, 2006 at 12:19PM
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I used to be a member of a men's club that raised money for charity by selling turkey legs at fairs. It was incredibly easy to do.

We had access to a commercial cannery, where we simply put the legs in water and cooked them for a while (this was years ago, so I don't remember how long we cooked them). Then at the fair, we'd drop the precooked legs on the gas grill, and put some BBQ sauce on them.

No special ingredients, very easy.

    Bookmark   April 4, 2006 at 10:26PM
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Unfortunately, that last set of steps will not impart much of any smoke flavor on your turkey legs.. For that you'll need a smoker which is not something that many BBQ's from Home Depot et-al are capable of doing. YMMV

    Bookmark   May 10, 2006 at 2:15AM
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Please send any recipes on bringing and smoking in my direction, Thank you , Terry

    Bookmark   February 10, 2011 at 1:58PM
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