Roasted Smoky Turkey Legs

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My husband and I absolutely LOVE the smoked turkey legs that are available at the nearby theme parks. This is a close, smokeless, version of those turkey legs that hold a very special place in our hearts. The passive cooking time includes the brining time.

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  • add   10 turkey legs (turkey wings, whole turkey or whole chicken)
  • add   1/2 cup brown sugar
  • add   1/2 gallon water (or enough water to cover pieces)
  • add   2 tablespoons liquid smoke
  • add   1 cup Morton Tender Quick salt


  1. Mix the salt, brown sugar, liquid smoke and water together until all is dissolved and pour the briny mixture over the turkey legs.
  2. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for 24-hours to 72-hours.
  3. Rinse the brine off the turkey, pat dry with paper towels and roast at 350°F for about 45 minutes.
  4. By this time, the turkey will almost be done, but the skin will still have a pale color, so I crank the oven up to 500°F and roast the legs/wings until they are a rich mahogany color, then I flip them over and roast the other side until it is also deep brown.