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Rodeo Style Smoked Turkey Legs

March means it’s Rodeo Season in Houston! Bring on the boots, the food, the music, the food…..

When Nathan and I think about rodeo foods, we immediately think of smoked turkey legs.

Juicy, fall off the bone tender, crispy, crackling skin, melt in your mouth delicious smoked turkey legs.

Have you ever smoked a turkey leg?  It’s so much easier than you might think.

A few spices, a savory rub, a few hours in a smoker, and you have delicious, crisp, spicy, blackened, rodeo-worthy turkey legs in your own home.rodeo style smoked turkey legs

Whenever we go to the rodeo, Nathan immediately veers off towards whichever booth(s) have smoked turkey legs – I can’t blame him, they’re incredible.

Nathan and I paired up on this recipe – I created the rub(s) and he manned the smoker.  

This was pure torture, y’all.

Every single time we went in or out of the house while the turkey legs were smoking, we started drooling.  The smell was out of this world.

When it was time to pull the turkey legs out of the smoker, we were like little kids!turkey legs in the smoker


Not only did Nathan man the smoker, but he was also my turkey holding hand model – the only problem came during our photo shoot when I turned my back to answer a question from Princess. I turned back to continue photographing the turkey leg, and saw this: 


When I gave Nathan the raised eyebrow, he responded “I’ve been waiting 5 hours for this, what did you expect?”

I really couldn’t fault him, because those turkey legs smelled so crazy good.

They were crazy good.

They were rodeo-worthy delicious, and since we created our own rub for them, they were also lip-tinglingly spicy, while being fall off the bone juicy.  We made some without the spice rub for the kids, and they didn’t last 5 minutes.

Delicious smoked turkey leg recipe from A Southern Fairytale

Rodeo Style Smoked Turkey Legs

Rodeo Style Smoked Turkey Legs at home
Print Recipe
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:3 hrs
Total Time:3 hrs 10 mins


  • 6 Turkey Legs


  • 1/2 Cup Worcestershire
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

Spice Rub

  • 1/4 Cup Chipotle Pepper Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar


  • Combine the rub ingredients and set aside
  • Gently loosen the skin on the turkey legs
  • Combine the worcestershire sauce and vegetable oil, gently rub this all over the turkey legs, working it in under the skin, too.
  • Wash Your hands
  • Sprinkle the rub all over the turkey legs and rub it in all over and under the skin
  • Heat your smoker to 200°F
  • Set the turkey legs aside for 30 minutes (if longer than 30 minutes, refrigerate and then set out for 30 minutes)
  • Smoke for 3-4 hours depending on the weight of the turkey legs: the juices will run clear and the internal temp of the turkey legs will be between 165°F to 170°F


We omitted the spice rub on the turkey legs for the kids, and they were still full of flavor, delicious, juicy, and flat out awesome
Servings: 6 legs
Author: Rachel - A Southern Fairytale

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