County Fair Turkey Legs

August  6, 2011
2 Ratings
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 —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)
In This Recipe
  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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    16 Reviews

    checker August 20, 2011
    My go-to fair food. Well done! I just might have to give this great recipe a try...
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    dymnyno August 19, 2011
    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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    dymnyno August 19, 2011
    they....not the
    healthierkitchen August 8, 2011
    this sounds like a really delicious and fun turkey leg!
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    dymnyno August 9, 2011
    Thank You!!
    Waverly August 8, 2011
    I agree...nothing says "fair" more than a huge grilled turkey leg. This looks great.
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    dymnyno August 9, 2011
    They smell so great, too!
    lorigoldsby August 8, 2011
    Nice job! It always makes me smile when I see people walking around with just seems so barbarian!, truly the original foodies?
    drbabs August 7, 2011
    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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    dymnyno August 7, 2011
    Yes, I actually worked out the recipe using chicken legs first rather than waste a humongous turkey leg.
    lapadia August 7, 2011
    Totally agree with all the comments before me...ditto, ditto!! Love the grill sauce. Thanks, dymnyno!
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    dymnyno August 7, 2011
    Thanks for the nice comment.
    mrslarkin August 7, 2011
    Brilliant idea, dymnyno! They sound delicious.
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    dymnyno August 7, 2011
    Thanks Mrs Larkin!
    MyCommunalTable August 7, 2011
    This looks great. Love turkey legs. Your rub and sauce seem like a perfect marriage. I am saving this recipe.
    TheWimpyVegetarian August 6, 2011
    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!!