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Festival Turkey Legs

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Festival Turkey Legs
This is supposed to be the authentic recipe used by turkey leg vendors at fairs and festivals. Boiling the turkey legs first may seem like cheating but, if you have to make thousands of them you won't want them sitting on your grill for 20 to 30 minutes before you can sell them selling.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: Serves 4


  • 4 turkey legs
  • 1 (2 liter) bottle lemon-lime flavored carbonated soda
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon steak seasoning


Combine soda, sugar, hot sauce, red pepper flakes, black pepper and onion slices in a large pot. Bring to a low boil and add turkey legs. Boil over a medium heat for about 30 minutes or until the turkey legs register an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. (74 degrees C.). Meanwhile, preheat grill. Place onion slices on the heated grill and put the turkey legs on top of the onion slices. Brush with honey and sprinkle with steak seasoning. Grill over a medium heat for about 15 minutes watching carefully to avoid burning. Turn as needed. The skin should be crispy brown when the turkey legs are done.
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These turkey legs ruinned my Thanksgiving., Member naraszuhra

I made this recipe for Thanksgiving. I was taken back a little at the thought of boiling the turkey legs but decided to try it anyway. I followed the recipe to the letter and the legs were awful. Not only were they sweet but they tasted so much like sprite that it was literally disgusting. These are NOT at all like festival legs which is what I intended. Fortunately, because it was Thanksgiving, the other dishes on the table made up for the lack of taste in these legs. I would not recommend anyone to try this recipe.

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