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How to cook Smoked Turkey Legs

  • Author: Rosalynn Daniels
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 Minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


These copycat Disney World Smoked Turkey Legs are easy to make and full of those classic smoky-salty flavors you desire when you crave this fair, or amusement park treat. These turkey legs are juicy and tender from the brine with a perfectly crispy crust from the grill. 



48 Turkey Legs

Gallon of water

1/2c Brown Sugar

1/2c Kosher Salt

1/4c Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

2tbs Smoked Paprika

1tbs Garlic Powder (Optional)

1tbs Onion Powder (Optional)

4c Ice

4c Cold Water


First you want to start off with preparing a simple quick brine. 

Add brown sugar and seasoning to a large pot and bring to a boil.

Stir until everything has completely dissolved.

Once everything has completely dissolved, carefully stir in your ice and cool water to the pot.

At this point your brine should be completely cooled.

Place your raw meat in a large container of choice and pour your brine over your meat until it is fully submerged.

Let your turkey legs soak refrigerated in the brine for 4-24 hours.

Once your turkey has completed it’s brine bath, you need to completely rinse off each turkey leg and pat dry with a paper towel.

Preheat your smoker to 275 to 300 degrees. 

Place each turkey leg in your smoker and cook until for about 1.5 hours reaches at least 167 degrees.

When your turkey reaches 167 degrees, they are done.

Timing may vary depending on you smoker.




  • Storage – Store any leftover turkey legs in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
  • Reheating – To reheat, place in a baking dish and cover with a loosely fitted piece of foil. Place in a 350°F oven and warm for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until heated through.
  • Turkey legs are cooked when an instant read thermometer registers to 165°F.
  • Note: Total time does not include brining time
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Brining and Grilling
  • Cuisine: American

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