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Smoked turkey legs on a baking rack.

Smoked Turkey Legs

You don't need to wait for the State Fair to enjoy juicy Smoked Turkey Legs! Start with a simple, flavorful brine, then add the legs to your smoker for a couple of hours.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Brining Time 6 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 736kcal



  • In a large bowl, stir together the water, brown sugar, kosher salt, and curing salt until dissolved. Add peppercorns and bay leaves.
  • Add turkey legs to the bowl, adding additional water if needed to cover, and top with a plate to ensure they remain submerged in the brine. Refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees. Remove turkey legs from brine and pat dry. Rub with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Add turkey legs directly onto grate in the smoker. Close smoker and smoke until turkey legs are tender and reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Remove from smoker, tent with foil, and allow to rest 5 minutes before serving.


  1. Pink Curing Salt #1: Also known as Prague Powder or Insta Cure No. 1, this contains both sodium chloride (94%) and sodium nitrite (6%). It is used to preserve and cure meats such as bacon, ham, sausage, and corned beef, and gives cured meats a distinctive pink color. Pink Curing Salt is not safe to use as a table salt substitute.
  2. Turkey Legs: Select bone-in, skin-on raw turkey legs for this recipe. Turkey legs typically weigh between 1 and 2 pounds each; aim for 5 pounds for this recipe.
  3. Yield: This recipe makes 4 juicy Smoked Turkey Legs. The recipe easily doubles or triples for a crowd, so make a lot!
  4. Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


Serving: 1 leg | Calories: 736kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 92g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 334mg | Sodium: 2109mg | Potassium: 1337mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 31IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 8mg