These spicy turkey legs are sweet and hot--just like the smoked turkey legs you get at the fair or theme park!

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
cook:
50 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil grate.

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  • In a large pot, mix the lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage, sugar, hot sauce, red pepper, pepper, and onion. Place the turkey legs in the mixture, and bring to a boil. Cook 30 to 45 minutes, until the turkey has reached an internal temperature of 180 degrees F (80 degrees C).

  • Remove onion slices from the mixture, and arrange on the prepared grill. Place turkey legs over the onions. Drizzle with honey, and season with steak seasoning. Cook, tuning once, 20 minutes, or until a crisp browned crust has formed on the turkey legs.

Nutrition Facts

496 calories; protein 49.4g; carbohydrates 53g; fat 9.6g; cholesterol 118.9mg; sodium 759.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I made 24 legs yesterday to sell for a church festival, everyone LOVED them! As always, I changed up the recipe a bit: Marinate the legs liberally with steak seasoning overnite, rinse before boiling. Glaze the legs with a mixture of honey, molasses, & a little BBQ sauce. I also, slow cooked in the oven all afternoon which worked out fine. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
06/27/2006
Okay folks, lets get serious here. We have all had and loved the turkey legs from fairs, baseball parks, and amusement parks. Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando turkey legs are my favorite, not that they are any better mind you, I just like being at WDW and UO when I eat one! One thing all these legs have in common is that they taste like ham. I've tried this recipe. It is good but not what we are looking for. The only way to get turkey to taste like ham is to cure it and smoke it. All the soda pop and spices in the world will not render the same flavor and texture as what we want and get from "those" places. Read More
(87)
57 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 22
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 9
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 1 stars
06/27/2006
Okay folks, lets get serious here. We have all had and loved the turkey legs from fairs, baseball parks, and amusement parks. Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando turkey legs are my favorite, not that they are any better mind you, I just like being at WDW and UO when I eat one! One thing all these legs have in common is that they taste like ham. I've tried this recipe. It is good but not what we are looking for. The only way to get turkey to taste like ham is to cure it and smoke it. All the soda pop and spices in the world will not render the same flavor and texture as what we want and get from "those" places. Read More
(87)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I made 24 legs yesterday to sell for a church festival, everyone LOVED them! As always, I changed up the recipe a bit: Marinate the legs liberally with steak seasoning overnite, rinse before boiling. Glaze the legs with a mixture of honey, molasses, & a little BBQ sauce. I also, slow cooked in the oven all afternoon which worked out fine. Read More
(63)
Rating: 4 stars
09/14/2007
Really liked this recipe a lot! Unlike a previous reviewer I really don't like the "carnival" drumsticks so I was not looking for that flavor. I had purchased turkey drumsticks on a whim looking for something different for dinner. Once I got them home I had no idea what to do with them found this recipe and it is definitly a keeper. It has a nice bite to it but not overwhelming. The turkey was moist and tender but the grill was a mess:) Don't change a thing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/10/2009
I seriously make these on a weekly basis. Turkey legs are so cheap. My husband takes the onions that are cooked in with the legs over mash potatoes. Its good but those onions are super spicy. They taste very similar to the ones you get at the fairs but a whole lot better. The spiciness of the red pepper and the sweetness of the honey..just perfect. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
This was fabulous! My husband and I both loved it! No leftovers...Thanks! Read More
(25)
Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
These were yummy...for ADULTS! Kids won't touch it because of the red pepper flakes. Simply omit these for a more bland but kid-friendly dish. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/12/2009
I really liked these but the smell of hot sprite was... interesting but quickly dissipated after turning it off so don't let it deter you from trying it out. I would recommend cutting into your legs a little bit before boiling that way the inside of the legs get the same kind of marinade on the inside. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/02/2007
My family and friends loved this recipe. The only thing I will do different is a little less red pepper. It was a bit spicy for me but everyone else at our New Years party loved them. Easy four 1/2 stars from my family and friends. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
06/16/2004
Only the outer grilled meat tasted good. Maybe if it were boiled for less time and grilled more. Also maybe if it were marinated with some liquid smoke. I'll not be making it again though. Read More
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