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Smoked Turkey Legs

Smoked Turkey Legs are an awesome Disney copycat that taste just like the ones in the theme park. They large and in charge, with tons of smoky flavor.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Cure Time1 day
Total Time1 day 1 hour 45 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smoked Turkey Legs
Servings: 4
Author: Susie Bulloch (heygrillhey.com)


  • 4 turkey legs

Wet Cure

  • 4 cups cool water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 Tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon Prague powder #1 (curing salt)


  • Make the curing liquid. Make the curing liquid by dissolving the salt, brown sugar, and curing salt (Prague powder) in cool water. Stir in the black peppercorns and the bay leaves.
  • Cure. Place the turkey legs in a gallon zip-top bag, and pour the curing liquid over the legs. Put the bag on a plate and cure for 24 hours in the refrigerator.
  • Preheat. Turn on the smoker and allow it to preheat to 225 degrees F using your favorite wood.
  • Prep. Remove the turkey legs from the refrigerator and take the legs out of the brine. Give them a quick rinse under cool water and pat them dry.
  • Smoke. Place the turkey legs directly on the smoker. Close the lid and smoke them for 1 1/2 hours or until the internal temperature of the legs reaches 175 degrees F.
  • Enjoy. Remove the turkey legs from the smoker, allow them to cool slightly, and dig in!



Calories: 548.57kcal | Carbohydrates: 1.64g | Protein: 73.83g | Fat: 25.39g | Saturated Fat: 7.79g | Cholesterol: 267.3mg | Sodium: 291.61mg | Potassium: 1061.02mg | Fiber: 0.63g | Sugar: 0.01g | Vitamin A: 13.68IU | Calcium: 82.58mg | Iron: 6.72mg