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Turkey Drumsticks


  • 10 whole Turkey Legs


  • 4 quarts water
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1 cup natural sugar (Sugar in the Raw or Turbinado)
  • 1 cup brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp seasoning Blend (we used Montreal)
  • 1 whole bay leaf

Dry Rub

  • 2 Tbsp chili powder (more or less, depending on your tolerance for heat)
  • 2 tsp seasoning blend (we used Montreal)
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp onion salt


  • Brine the Turkey Legs
  • In a pot, combine water with the salt, sugar, brown sugar, 2 tablespoons seasoning blend, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil then remove from heat. Allow to cool, then pour into a large container or bowl filled with ice.
  • When the mix is cold, submerge turkey in the brine. Cover the container and brine in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours, more if you have time.
  • Preheat oven to 400° F
  • Mix the dry rub ingredients. Remove the turkey legs from the brine and rinse them under cold water. Pat them dry. Rub the dry rub all over the turkey legs, getting under the skin when you can.
  • Oven-Roasted Method
  • Roast on a baking sheet in the oven for 20 minutes, then reduce the heat to 300 and roast for another 15 minutes, or until turkey is cooked through. (Update: larger legs will require longer cooking time.)
  • Remove them from oven and wrap the bottom of the legs with aluminum foil for serving.
  • Grilling Method
  • Place turkey legs on a preheated grill over a medium-hot fire.
  • Grill, covered for about 30 to 45 minutes or until nearly done.
  • Turn occasionally.