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Hickory Smoked Turkey Legs

Turkey legs rubbed with salt, pepper, garlic, thyme, and bay leaves smoked over hickory wood.

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There is always room for turkey legs on the menu. Smoked, roasted, or fried this dish might take a little prep and have a long cooking time but they are well worth it.

Turkey legs are something I regularly incorporate into my meal planning. They go really well with any side, they’re lean and are flavor-packed. I used to wait around for the holidays for turkey but not anymore. Turkey legs I serve year-round especially in the furthest months away from the holidays. They satisfy the void left behind. In the off-season, I  try out different injections, seasoning rubs, and side pairings prior to the holidays just for a leg up. The year-round practice makes the holiday season a breeze.

Check out my tips and tricks below for the best hickory-smoked turkey legs. Try this recipe out and let me know what you think.

TIPS & TRICKS FOR THE BEST HICKORY SMOKED TURKEY LEGS

classic rub: you can never go wrong with a classic rub. so stick with what you know. if you would roast turkey with it try it in the smoker. a little smoke boosts the overall flavor. go easy on fresh herbs since they can become a little medicinal.

smoke: for my turkey legs i used hickory wood. feel free to use other wood like hickory, pecan, or my absolute favorite for turkey, apple.  different wood gives off a different flavor profile so do a little research before hauling wood home.

butter finish: the turkey is done once it comes out of the smoker. once the turkey is at 165F feel free to have at it. to really set it off i like to finish mine in the oven with butter, wine, and some more herbs. just to ensure it to be juicy and tender.

SIMILAR INGREDIENTS TO:

  1. WHOLE SMOKED TURKEY
  2. SMOKED TURKEY NECK + RED BEANS & RICE
  3. APPLE BRINED FRIED TURKEY LEGS

ENJOY THIS RECIPE WITH:

  1. CHEF’S SALAD + GOLDEN RANCH
  2. SMOKED HABANERO BARBECUE SAUCE
  3. ROASTED TURKEY & DUMPLINGS

Hickory Smoked Turkey Legs

Hickory Smoked Turkey Legs
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INGREDIENTS

  • 4 Turkey Legs
  • Salt
  • 1Tb Thyme
  • 1Tb Rosemary
  • 1Tb Garlic Powder
  • 2tsp Black Pepper
  • 2tsp Paprika
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 1c White Wine
  • 5Tb Butter
  • 1 Thyme Sprig, fresh
  • 1tsp Rosemary, fresh
  • 5 Garlic Cloves, minced

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Season the turkey legs generously with salt.
  • Add on the additional seasonings of garlic powder, pepper, paprika, rosemary, thyme and bay leaves. Let sit for 20 minutes.
  • Place into a smoker using hickory wood once the smoker is at 225F.
  • Smoke for 5-6 hours.
  • In a baking sheet add in wine, rosemary, garlic, thyme and butter.
  • Place turkey in the baking sheet. Wrap in foil and bake at 350F for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Baste in the pan liquid and serve.
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