BBQ Turkey Legs

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Want to make a statement, then these BBQ Turkey Legs will do the trick.  These Fred Flintstone style drumsticks are a guys treat and kids can’t get enough of them. Smothered in a delicious homemade bbq sauce, this recipe is easy and fun to make.

Season Turkey legs for flavor

Turkey Leg Ingredients

My local store only had frozen turkey legs.  If that is the case for you, make sure you completely defrost the legs before seasoning them.  Place them in the refrigerator the night before and they should be ready to go the next morning.

Before seasoning the turkey legs, coat them with olive oil for the binder.  Next, use your choice of BBQ rub and apply generously.  Make sure to cover all sides of the leg. This meat can take the extra flavor.

Seasoned Turkey Legs

Let’s get saucy.

While store bought BBQ sauces will do the trick, there is something special about a homemade sauce.  You can adjust the tangy or sweet notes to your preference and manage sugar levels if that is a concern.

In a saucepan, add brown sugar, ketchup, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, BBQ seasoning and Sparkling Ice Cranberry Frost.  I use this carbonated drink in a lot of my sauces. It has zero sugar and is a great counterbalance to the brown sugar and ketchup.  Also, it tastes great and boosts the flavor of the sauce.

Simmer the ingredients over low heat until it thickens.  Set aside to cool off.

Time to grill the BBQ Turkey Legs.

Grilled Turkey Legs on direct heat

Preheat the grill to 350 degrees and set it up for dual zone grilling.  This means you have the option of indirect heat grilling as well as direct for that final sear.

To start, place the seasoned turkey legs on the indirect side first.  Grill them for 25-30 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees.

BBQ Turkey Legs

Next, place them on the direct side for the final sear to crisp up the skin.  Grill them for 5 minutes per side.  For the final touch, brush the homemade BBQ sauce over the grilled turkey legs and let them rest for 10 minutes.  Serve and enjoy!

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BBQ Turkey Legs

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Servings 4 People

Ingredients
  

  • 4 Turkey Legs
  • 2 tbsp BBQ Seasoning

BBQ Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup Sparkling Ice Cranberry Frost
  • 1/4 cup Brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Hot sauce
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp BBQ Seasoning

Instructions
 

  • Coat defrosted turkey legs with olive oil for the binder. 
  • Season with your choice of BBQ rub and apply generously.
  • Pre heat the grill to 350 degrees and set it up for dual zone grilling. 

Homemade BBQ Sauce Instructions

  • In a saucepan, add brown sugar, ketchup, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, BBQ seasoning and Sparkling Ice CranberryFrost. 
  • Simmer the ingredients over low heat until it thickens.  Set aside to cool off.

Grilling Turkey Legs

  • To start, place the seasoned turkey legs on the indirect side first. Let these cook for 25-30 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of160 degrees.
  • Move them to the direct side for the final sear to crisp up the skin.  Grill these for 5 minutes per side.
  • For the final touch, brush the homemade BBQ sauce over the grilled turkey legs and let them rest for 10 minutes.

 

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