Disney Jumbo Turkey Legs - Copycat Kosher



From the NY Times, December 2013:
"Disney's latest megahit is a turkey leg. It made its humble debut at a single stand in the late 1980s next to Big Al's Coonskin Caps in Frontierland. Slowly it spread —beyond Walt Disney World to Disneyland in California. . ." In 2013, the North American Disney theme parks have sold an astounding two million jumbo (1.5lb.) turkey legs — piping hot drumsticks the size of 'Fred Flintstone's forearm'. "

This is a simple recipe – but requires "mise en place"- Gather all of your ingredients; prepare the recipe. . . and then gobble, gobble!


8 turkey legs (Disney's are about 1.5lbs. each!)

Ingredients for Brine
1-gallon water
¼ cup kosher salt
1/2-cup sugar
2 Tbsps. onion powder
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. paprika
1 Tbsp. ground pepper
1 tsp. sage
1 tsp. ground cumin

Ingredients for Spice Rub
3 Tbsps. onion powder
2 Tbsps. paprika
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. ground pepper
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. sage
3 Tbsp. vegetable oil or olive oil
3 Tsps. liquid smoke* (See below)


Rinse and dry turkey legs. Combine brine ingredients in large pot. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, and let cool to room temperature. Pour into a large container and refrigerate brine overnight or at least 4-6 hours until cold. Place the turkey legs into brine. Let soak four to six hours. Remove legs, rinse well, and discard brine. Dry with paper towels.

Combine spice rub ingredients in a bowl. Mix well with a fork or if available, use a mortar and pestle. Rub onto turkey legs, and allow to marinate for an hour or two.

In a smoker, smoke legs for four to six hours at 225º. When done, remove and let rest, covered in foil, for 20-30 minutes.

*If you don't have a smoker add 3 teaspoons of liquid smoke to the spice rub. Then roast in a 225º oven for 4-6 hours until safe cooking temperature is reached. When done, let rest, covered in foil for 20-30 minutes.


According to most food safety experts – safe cooked temperature for turkey legs is 165º.

Serves 6-8 depending on size of turkey legs

Recipe: kosher, poultry, turkey


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