County Fair Turkey Legs

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Author Notes: There is nothing more all American than a parade and a county fair. I am lucky to live in a small town that has a wonderful 4rh of July parade which leads everyone into the opening of the annual county fair. Elephant Ears, Corn on a Stick, Corn Dogs and humongous Turkey Legs are all standard fare for hungry leave the diet home fair goers.
*Pic is stock

Serves 6

For the Rub:

  • 1 tablespoon fennel seed, toasted and finely ground
  • 1 tablespoon star anise, finely ground
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, ground
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Turkey Leg Grill Sauce

  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pomegranite molasses
  • 1/2 cup dark mushroom soy sauce (Pearl River Bridge is my favorite)
  1. Mix all the spices and rub liberally over the turkey legs. Tent the legs with tinfoil and roast the legs in a 350 degree oven for about an hour or until the internal temperature is 165 degrees. Remove from oven.
  2. Put all the sauce ingredients into a blender and pulse until liquified. The last ingredient, the mushroom sauce will make the sauce very dark. It gives the sauce a great umami flavor.
  3. Fire up a grill or BBQ until very hot. Place the Legs on the grill and paint with the Grill Sauce. Grill for about 5 minutes on each side and paint with more Grill Sauce. Grill until the skin is caramelized and very browned , but not blackened
  4. ***Note: While developing this recipe I used chicken legs. Then I used turkey for the final edit. The chicken legs turned out great, too.

Tags: chicken legs, county fair food, holiday, lunch, savory, turkey legs

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over 3 years ago checker

My go-to fair food. Well done! I just might have to give this great recipe a try...


over 3 years ago dymnyno

Last night I used the rub and sauce for baby back ribs and they not only tasted delicious, the looked amazing!


over 3 years ago dymnyno

they....not the


over 3 years ago healthierkitchen

this sounds like a really delicious and fun turkey leg!


over 3 years ago dymnyno

Thank You!!


over 3 years ago Waverly

I agree...nothing says "fair" more than a huge grilled turkey leg. This looks great.


over 3 years ago dymnyno

They smell so great, too!


over 3 years ago lorigoldsby

Nice job! It always makes me smile when I see people walking around with just seems so barbarian!, truly the original foodies?


over 3 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I'm not really a big turkey fan, but I bet the rub and sauce would be great on grilled chicken.


over 3 years ago dymnyno

Yes, I actually worked out the recipe using chicken legs first rather than waste a humongous turkey leg.


over 3 years ago lapadia

Totally agree with all the comments before me...ditto, ditto!! Love the grill sauce. Thanks, dymnyno!


over 3 years ago dymnyno

Thanks for the nice comment.


over 3 years ago mrslarkin

Mrs. Larkin is a trusted source on Baking.

Brilliant idea, dymnyno! They sound delicious.


over 3 years ago dymnyno

Thanks Mrs Larkin!


over 3 years ago MyCommunalTable

This looks great. Love turkey legs. Your rub and sauce seem like a perfect marriage. I am saving this recipe.


over 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

This looks fabulous Mare! I'm going to have to make these. I particularly love the sound of your grill sauce - I love pomegranate molasses too!!


over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

This will be some tasty turkey, I love the dry rub and grill sauce, Especially the addition of the pomegranate molasses.