Barbecue Turkey Legs

Barbecued Turkey Legs
Barbecued Turkey Legs. Shelley Dennis/Getty Images
  • 65 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: Serves 6
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These tasty turkey legs are slow grilled to perfection and basted in a classic tomato-based barbecue sauce. They are great for any occasion, such as a family dinner, summer parties, and even tailgating. 

What You'll Need

  • 6 turkey legs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 cup celery (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can/8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

How to Make It

1. Cook onion and celery in butter over medium heat until soft.  About 7-10 minutes. The object is to sweat the vegetables, not saute them. They should have a more glossy appearance rather than browning.

2. Add everything remaining sauce ingredients to pot. Simmer over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, stirring often.  Add more brown sugar to make the sauce sweeter.  Remove from heat and allow sauce to cool to room temperature.

3. Preheat grill. Combine salt and black pepper and season turkey legs. 

4. Place turkey legs on grill  and cook over a medium heat. Grill, covered for about 30 to 45 minutes or until nearly done. Turn occasionally. Begin basting with sauce during the last 15-20 minutes of  cook time.  Watch out for burning. Reduce heat or move turkey legs to indirect portion of the grill to finish cooking.  Once legs reach an internal temperature of 180-185 degrees F. They are done.  Remove from heat and loosely tent with aluminum foil.  Let legs rest for 10 minutes before serving.

5. If you want to to serve some of the sauce on the side, simply divide the sauce using one portion for basting and warming the reserved portion for serving. You can also double the sauce recipe if you really want to have quite a bit.  The choice is all yours!

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 3687
Total Fat 144 g
Saturated Fat 38 g
Unsaturated Fat 46 g
Cholesterol 1,814 mg
Sodium 3,254 mg
Carbohydrates 23 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Protein 544 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)