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Sous vide smoked turkey legs on platter
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Sous Vide Smoked Turkey Legs

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 22 hours
Smoking Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 1 day 4 hours 15 minutes
Yield: 9 people
Sous vide and smoked turkey legs are deliciously fall off the bone tender. Use a traditional poultry seasoning or a smoky BBQ seasoning depending on the flavor you're looking to achieve!


  • 3-5 turkey legs or drumsticks

Seasoning (if not using store bought)

  • 2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder


  • Preheat water bath using immersion circulator to 150 degrees F.
  • Combine all ingredients for the seasoning in a small bowl. Season the turkey legs liberally, getting under the skin.
  • Vacuum seal the drumsticks, making sure to keep them in a single layer and leaving a little space between them if possible.
  • Cook in preheated water bath for 22-28 hours (err towards the longer end of this time frame if your drumsticks are large). This step can be done up to 3 days before serving and legs can be refrigerated in vacuum sealed bag until you're ready to smoke and serve.
  • When ready to smoke, preheat your smoker to 180 degrees F. Remove the legs from the bag and smoke for 3-4 hours.
  • Serve on a bed of fresh herbs and lightly carve so your guests can easily remove pieces from the bone.


Feel free to use a store bought roast seasoning OR smoky BBQ seasoning depending on the flavor you want to achieve!
Don't, I repeat, DO NOT short the sous vide time or you risk tough turkey legs. The bigger they are, the longer you should cook them.
Cuisine: American
Course: Dinner
Author: Chelsea Cole
Calories: 329kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 44g, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 160mg, Sodium: 1718mg, Potassium: 626mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 14IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 47mg, Iron: 4mg
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