Smoked Turkey Legs with Garlic Sriracha glaze video

It’s that caveman drumstick time of year!  Does your family fight over turkey legs?  Easy solution, just cook extra!  And, while you could season them like your turkey, I wanted to change some up.  So here’s my recipe for Smoked Turkey Legs with Garlic Sriracha glaze!  These came out awfully tasty.

Are these just for the holidays?

Heck no, cook these all year round.  Turkey legs are big sellers at fairs and fall festivals, and I would absolutely serve these as a dinner item at any time of year.  I love things that portion themselves.  This one is easy- one leg per person.  The seasoning was very simple, I used my Classic BBQ Rub rather heavily, then smoked over cherry wood.

What about the glaze

First, it’s super tasty with just a bit of heat.  If you want more spice, you could add some more sriracha, hot sauce, or even a finely-diced hot pepper.  The important thing about this glaze recipe is whisking.  It’s a high sugar content glaze, which means it can easily boil over.  To get it reduced quickly, I kept it on high heat and whisked like a madwoman for about 5 minutes.  You can cook it lower and not have to whisk so much if you prefer.

As always, I hope you enjoy!


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Melissa with Turkey Leg

Smoked Turkey Legs with Honey Sriracha Glaze

  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Need more turkey legs around the table? This quick recipe will have your friends and family fighting over drumsticks!


  • 4 turkey legs
  • 1/2 cup Melissa's Classic BBQ rub (or your favorite)
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 TBS minced garlic
  • 2 TBS sriracha


  1. Prepare smoker to run at 275 degrees with your favorite wood. I chose cherry for these.
    Season turkey legs heavily with BBQ rub and place on smoker. Using a meat thermometer, moniter the internal temperature.
  2. When the internal temperature gets to 160 degrees, make the glaze by combining vinegars, sugar, honey, garlic, and sriracha in a sauce pan. Bring to a heavy boil while constantly whisking until glaze is reduced to a syrupy consistency. Baste on turkey legs. Remove turkey legs from smoker when they hit over 165 degrees internal temperature.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: BBQ

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