County Fair Turkey Legs

By • August 6, 2011 • 17 Comments



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.
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dymnyno

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)
  • 6 TURKEY LEGS
  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.
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Tags: chicken legs, county fair food, holiday, lunch, savory, turkey legs

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almost 3 years ago checker

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

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almost 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!

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almost 3 years ago dymnyno

they....not the

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almost 3 years ago healthierkitchen

this sounds like a really delicious and fun turkey leg!

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almost 3 years ago dymnyno

Thank You!!

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almost 3 years ago Waverly

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

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almost 3 years ago dymnyno

They smell so great, too!

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almost 3 years ago lorigoldsby

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

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almost 3 years ago drbabs

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

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almost 3 years ago dymnyno

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

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almost 3 years ago lapadia

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

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almost 3 years ago dymnyno

Thanks for the nice comment.

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almost 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Brilliant idea, dymnyno! They sound delicious.

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almost 3 years ago dymnyno

Thanks Mrs Larkin!

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almost 3 years ago MyCommunalTable

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

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almost 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!!

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almost 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.