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Smoked Turkey Leg {Disney World Copycat}

Felesha Bell
These tender turkey legs are cured overnight and then smoked to juicy perfection!
Prep Time 1 d 15 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs
Total Time 1 d 5 hrs 15 mins
Servings 6


  • 6 medium turkey drums Mine came 3 in a pack
  • Cure
  • 8 tsp. Morton's Kosher Salt
  • 2 tsp. Prague powder #1
  • 6 T. dark brown sugar
  • 2 c. distilled water room temperature
  • Dashes of worcestershire
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Seasoning Rub
  • ½ c. brown sugar
  • 1 T. coarse black pepper
  • 1 T. cayenne pepper
  • 1 T. chili powder
  • 1 T. cumin
  • 1 T. garlic powder
  • 1 T. onion powder
  • 1 T. paprika
  • Hickory wood chips soaked overnight
  • Charcoal


  • In a medium bowl, combine kosher salt, Prague powder, brown sugar and worcestershire into distilled water. Stir until dissolved.
  • Loosen the skin away from the flesh on each leg.
  • Using a flavor injector, inject some of the mixture into several spots on the turkey legs.
  • Place three legs each into two plastic storage bags.
  • Pour half of the mixture into both bags. Toss a bay leaf into each bag and seal pushing put all excess air.
  • Place bags onto a baking sheet to shield fridge from any leaks.
  • Place in fridge and marinate for 24 hours.
  • Discard marinade and rinse each turkey leg under cold water. Pat dry.
  • In a small bowl, combine brown sugar black pepper, cayenne pepper, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika. Mix well.
  • Season each leg liberally with the seasoning mixture.
  • Using a smoker, smoke the legs on the highest grate over soaked hickory chips and charcoal for 3-5 hours or until the internal temperature on both sides of the bone reaches 170 degrees. Say grace and enjoy!
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