Smokey Spiced Grilled Turkey Legs - Carolina Country

Smokey Spiced Grilled Turkey Legs Grilling for Thanksgiving? You bet!

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Smokey Spiced Grilled Turkey Legs

Tired of ho-hum turkey? We do love to grill across North Carolina year-round, so have some fun and throw turkey legs on yours this Thanksgiving. Great for tailgating, too!


  • 5 or 6 medium turkey legs
  • 1½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 4 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup butter


  1. Combine all marinade ingredients. Place turkey legs into large container with lid. Pour marinade over legs, cover and shake to coat. Refrigerate (up to 2 days), shaking periodically to coat.

  2. To grill: Preheat grill to high heat. Oil grates and place legs onto grill. Sear on all sides several minutes, turning to get good grill marks. Reduce heat to low or move coals to sides (for indirect heat) and continue cooking, covered, for about 50–60 minutes. Turn every few minutes to prevent burning. 

  3. Melt butter in honey. Baste legs, turning often, the last few minutes of cooking. Remove legs when temperature reaches 165 degrees by thermometer.

  4. Place legs onto serving tray and pour remaining baste over legs.

Recipe courtesy of

Wendy Perry, a culinary adventurist specializing in N.C.-made food products and small N.C. farms

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