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These Baked BBQ Turkey Legs are an incredibly easy and delicious way to serve up the iconic poultry at your next family or Friendsgiving! In just one hour, you an have delicious turkey on the table.
We’re nearing Turkey Day, ahem: Thanksgiving Day, in the United States! It’s just around the corner and each year, I work to bring you one new way to cook up the iconic poultry. This year, I wanted to feature those lovely legs. Did you know that you can often snag just turkey legs from the butcher? You can! A lot of folks will choose to cook up just a turkey breast, which leaves behind legs for the taking.
Speaking of which, this is my go-to method for cooking up just a turkey breast: Herb Garden Turkey Breast.
I like turkey legs for a Thanksgiving alternative because they’re just so darn easy to prepare. You don’t *need* to brine the meat first, you don’t necessarily *need* a thermometer to tell you when the interior of the bird is at temperature (you can pretty easily gauge by site on the smaller legs), and you most definitely don’t need hours upon hours set aside to cook. These legs come together in just ONE HOUR! That’s right, in just one hour you can put delicious turkey on your table.
To help make things even tastier, we’re going to douse these legs in a healthy BBQ sauce bath before they go in the oven. This also helps take away the need for a glaze or other poultry treatment. Just baste on your favorite sauce (homemade or store bought) sprinkle with a little extra salt + pepper, and bake until they look perfectly browned on top.
I hope you enjoy this recipe! I think it’s a great fit for those easier, more casual “Friendsgiving” parties you may be planning.
Enjoy and be sure to check back on the blog for a few more healthier Thanksgiving recipes coming soon!
- 6 turkey legs
- 1/2 cup bbq sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Brush turkey legs with BBQ sauce of choice (homemade option HERE), then season evenly with salt and pepper. Arrange the legs evenly on a rimmed baking sheet.
- Bake for 1 hour, or until the tops are starting to caramelize. Let sit for 5-10 minutes and enjoy!