Slow Cooker Island Barbecued Turkey Legs

Slow cooker island barbecue turkey legs

The Spruce / Katarina Zunic

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 7 hrs
Total: 7 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings

These tasty slow cooker turkey legs are easy on the budget and full of flavor. A sweet and sour barbecue sauce with pineapple gives them tropical island flavor, and the slow cooker is such an easy way to cook them.

There's little prep involved; just put the turkey legs in the slow cooker, pour the simple homemade sauce over them, and press the button. Go about your day and come home to a delicious meal.

Serve these turkey legs with rice, noodles, or potatoes and your choice of side vegetable for a satisfying everyday meal.


  • 4 to 6 turkey legs
  • Kosher salt (to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 5 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple (drained)
  • 1/2 cup onion (chopped)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for slow cooker island barbecued turkey legs
    The Spruce / Katarina Zunic
  2. Lightly grease the crockery liner of the slow cooker.

    The crock pot is greased
    The Spruce / Katarina Zunic
  3. Arrange the turkey legs in the slow cooker and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

    Arrange turkey legs
    The Spruce / Katarina Zunic
  4. In a bowl, combine the remaining ingredients; spoon over the turkey legs and turn to coat legs well.

    Combine ingredients
    The Spruce / Katarina Zunic
  5. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours. They might be falling apart if cooked too long, so begin checking them for tenderness after about 7 hours.

    Cover and cook
    The Spruce / Katarina Zunic
  6. Serve and enjoy.

    Slow cooker island barbecue turkey legs with a side of rice and vegetables
    The Spruce / Katarina Zunic

Recipe Variations

  • Feel free to add some chopped green onion or a minced clove of garlic to the turkey legs for some extra flavor.
  • Bell pepper chunks or strips would be good as well.

Recipe Tags: