Memphis-Style Turkey Legs - Alton Brown

Total Time
2hrs 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 2 hrs

I've yet to cook turkey legs. They're so inexpensive---I've got to try them soon. This recipe in Alton Brown's "Feasting On Asphalt - The River Run," was inspired by a dish at Melanie's Soul Food in north Memphis.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  2. Place the legs in a 13x9-inch baking pan and sprinkle with the seasoned salt.
  3. Pour 1 cup of water into the bottom of the pan and cover tightly with aluminum foil. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 1 hour.
  4. After 1 hour, gently uncover the pan and turn the legs over. Continue to bake for another hour.
  5. Remove from the oven and drain off any remaining water.
  6. Combine the barbecue sauce, brown sugar, and lemon juice in a medium saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and glaze the turkey legs with the sauce.


Most Helpful

Very good way to cook the plain smoked turkey leg! We enjoyed these so much- especially the sauce. I didn't use "hot"- I used honey bar-b-que but kept everything else the same. Thank You-

kellychris February 11, 2010

I have this same cookbook, got it for Mother's Day last year and it is full of good home cooking recipes only the food is found on the road, along with Alton's brilliant writings. This is a great recipe, very economical to prepare, you will like it. mb

TxGriffLover April 24, 2009

Is it just me??? This is the 3rd Alton Brown recipe that I've tried & the 3rd one that I did NOT care for....Thanks for sharing, anyway.

Ackman November 01, 2012

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