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
Yield: 4 to 6 turkey legs
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
342 Calories
13g Fat
21g Carbs
35g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 342
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Cholesterol 171mg 57%
Sodium 406mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 6mg 29%
Calcium 41mg 3%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 532mg 11%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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 apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 4 tablespoons dark brown sugar, packed

  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional

  • 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for slow cooker island barbecued turkey legs
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  2. Lightly grease the crockery liner of the slow cooker.

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

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

    Combine ingredients
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  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
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  6. Serve and enjoy.

    Slow cooker island barbecue turkey legs with a side of rice and vegetables
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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.

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