Cheap Recipe: Honey Buffalo Turkey Legs

29 Mar

For a printable version of this recipe and complete ingredients listing, click here.

So much more flavor than chicken.

This is a great meal when you don’t have time to marinate beforehand. Sure, you can marinate it early and leave it in a bag in the fridge, but you sure don’t have to.

Turkey tends to pack a much stronger whallop of taste (albeit a tad bit gamier) than its cousin, chicken, and it doesn’t just absorb the “heat” from Tobasco and give up on the other flavors as easily as chicken sometimes can.

This turkey's got game. Get it?

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Make sure turkey legs are completely thawed before beginning recipe.

Place 2 raw turkey drumsticks (about 2 to 2.5 lbs. total) in a glass baking dish. Set aside.

Stir other wet ingredients before adding the warmed honey.

In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup barbecue sauce, 1/3 cup ketchup and 2 tablespoons Tobasco or Louisiana-style hot sauce. Sprinkle in 1 tsp onion powder and salt to taste.

Work marinade over AND under skin.

Stir well.

Microwave about 1/4 cup honey♥ for 20 seconds or until thin. Stir immediately into marinade.

Chef’s Note: The flavor will disperse and soak in SO much better if you take the small extra step of heating the honey before adding it.

Baste turkey legs with marinade, removing skin if desired. (If leaving skin on, try to work as much marinade down between flesh and skin as possible, brushing some over the outer skin as well.)

Try to use up as much of the marinade as you can.

The marinade on the bottom of the dish will darken much sooner than the sauce ON the drumsticks, so let the meat thermometer be your guide.

Bake turkey legs covered for 40 minutes; uncover and bake 20 additional minutes, or until meat thermometer reads 165-170 and juices run clear. Serve immediately or refrigerate leftovers.

Juices will run clear when meat is done. Mmm-mmm!


One Response to “Cheap Recipe: Honey Buffalo Turkey Legs”

  1. Lindsey November 25, 2014 at 10:23 AM #

    Looks wonderful! I have my turkey legs thawing on the counter and will be making this tonight. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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