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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.