Smoked Turkey legs…. Juicy, tender, and full of flavor! This recipe is one of those meals you season up well, throw in the oven, and let the magic happen. They are pretty easy to make, not to mention the incredible taste. I can safely say they remind me of the Disney World Turkey Leg. They are easily found and can be a great addition to any holiday dinner.
What are smoked Turkey legs
Smoked Turkey legs are a part of the turkey’s body. It’s the leg. The turkey legs are smoked by a smoker. You can find them pre-smoked, or you can smoke them yourself. This recipe is particularly popular at Christmas and Thanksgiving but can be made any time of year. You should make this recipe because it is super simple and can be paired with just about anything. My air fryer green beans or my roasted potatoes. Just to name a couple.
Ingredients for smoked Turkey legs
Smoked Turkey Legs- I used pre-smoked turkey legs without brine because they are easier to cook and don’t take much time.
Butter-I used butter to ensure this turkey leg is full of flavor and tenderize the meat.
Seasonings-I used the absolute bare minimum when it comes to seasonings. Why? Because this smoked turkey meat is already flavorful. I used garlic powder, Creole Seasoning, and black pepper.
How to make baked smoke turkey legs
Smoked Turkey legs are a recipe I find to be very easy to make. It’s only about 4 steps in this recipe. The majority of these smoked Turkey legs time is spent in the oven.
Once you have taken all the meat off the bone, you will want to store it. These baked smoked turkey legs are about 4 ounces. So, you will have a lot left to eat if it’s only you. You want to place your turkey meat in an airtight container and then place it in the refrigerator. You can also use an airtight ziplock bag.
To reheat, make sure you remove your baked Turkey legs from the airtight container. Once you have done that, you will need to place the meat on an oven-safe plate and warm it up for 1 minute or until it reaches your desired temperature.
*Make sure you allow the turkey to cook for the full 3 hours.
*If the smoked Turkey leg is bigger, you need to let it bake until the inside reaches 165 degrees.
*Try not to use more seasonings than recommended because Turkey legs are already flavorful and salty.
Baked smoked Turkey wings come out really good and delicious, but you need to be cautious of the many pieces of bones that are in this recipe. Once you pull the meat off of the bone. You will know right away what I’m talking about. I remembered my first Disney Turkey leg. It was extremely amazing, but the bones weren’t that appetizing. Lol
Frequently Asked Questions
How to cook smoked Turkey legs in oven?
Baked smoked Turkey legs are pretty simple and straight to the point. As mentioned above. You don’t need a ton of ingredients to make this recipe. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, then wrap the turkey leg in aluminum foil. Place in the oven for 3 hours or until the inside temperature reaches 165 degrees.
How to smoke turkey legs?
I brought my legs pre-smoked, but to make them at home, you will need a brine and a smoker. In addition, allow turkey legs to sit in the brine for 24 hours. Next, you can inject the legs with any type of sauce. Secondly, you want to season the legs well with turkey rub. Lastly, add to your smoker for about two hours.
How long to cook smoked Turkey leg?
Cooking turkey legs solely depends on the size they are. I use a 4oz turkey leg, so I baked them at 409 degrees for about 3 hours.
Where to buy?
You can usually buy them at your local grocery stores. Such as Walmart, Publix, and Trader Joe’s, just to name a few.
Here are a few more turkey recipes that I know you will enjoy
Smoked Turkey Legs
- 2 Smoked Turkey Leg
- 1 Stick of butter softened
- 2 Teaspoon Creole Seasoning
- 1 Teaspoon Black pepper
- 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- Aluminum Foil Enough to cover the smoke turkey legs
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
- Rinse and pat your smoked Turkey legs fry then sit on a piece of aluminum foil2 Smoked Turkey Leg
- To a bowl add in your soft-end butter along with seasonings then mix together well.1 Stick of butter, 2 Teaspoon Creole Seasoning, 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder, 1 Teaspoon Black pepper
- Rub the butter over your turkey legs. Making sure to cover all of the legs
- Wrap the smoked turkey legs in aluminum foilAluminum Foil
- Place in the oven for 3 hours or until temperatures reaches 165 degrees
- Take out of the oven then allow to rest for 5 minutes. Then debone.