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Caveman Pops (aka Roasted Turkey Legs)

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Level: Easy

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10

Description

Big, meaty roasted turkey legs reminiscent of the ones you’d munch on at your local state fair. A yummy, satisfying “snack!”

Ingredients

  • 10 whole Turkey Legs
  • BRINE:
  • 4 quarts Water
  • 1 cup Kosher Salt
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Seasoning Blend (I Used Montreal)
  • 1 whole Bay Leaf
  • Dry Rub
  • 2 Tablespoons Chili Powder (less If You Don't Like Things Too Spicy!)
  • 2 teaspoons Seasoning Blend (I Used Montreal)
  • 2 teaspoons Paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Onion Salt

Preparation

In a pot, combine water with the salt, sugar, brown sugar, 2 tablespoons seasoning blend, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil then remove from heat. Allow to cool, then pour into a large container or bowl filled with ice. When mixture is cold, submerge turkey in the brine. Cover the container and brine in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours, more if you have time.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Mix the dry rub ingredients. Remove the turkey legs from the brine and rinse them under cold water. Pat them dry. Rub the dry rub all over the turkey legs, getting under the skin when you can.

Roast on a baking sheet in the oven for 20 minutes, then reduce the heat to 300 and roast for another 15 minutes, or until turkey is cooked through. (Update: larger legs will require longer cooking time.)

Remove them from oven and wrap the bottom of the legs with aluminum foil for serving.

Dig in!

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susanve on 11.3.2011

Made a chicken leg version of these for Halloween. They were such a hit! Absolutely delish! I am going to try the same brine and spices on my Thanksgiving turkey breast.

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Rina on 10.1.2012

I use chicken legs rather than turkey and for the seasoning blend I use McCormick Grill Mates Brown Sugar Bourbon. Comes out AMAZING! I love this recipe and it’s guaranteed that I will overeat if I make this.

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susanve on 11.3.2011

So, so good! A must try! Looks complicated but actually very easy. Modified the recipe and used chicken legs, brined them overnite and watched them dissapear from my halloween snack table!

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