You've probbly seen turkey legs sitting lonely in the Tescos aisle overlooked whilst you're picking up your mince or turkey steaks. Often neglected for your usual buys, I'm here to say... pick em up!!! they are cheap as chips and not nearly as scary as they look.

I discovered the wonder of the Disney style turkey leg popular in the Magical Kingdom and fairgrounds all over the US. I was ready to get this into the Shack's recipe repetoire.

These aren't the easiest things to prepare, but trust me, they look EPIC at a barbecue feast and of course we had to add our meat shack twist - wrapping the leg in bacon for extra yumminess.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword american, bacon, smoking, turkey
Author jacksmeatshack


  • 2 turkey Legs
  • fry light spray or olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Jack's Meat Dust or your favourite rub
  • 2 tbsp Ranch Multi Purpose Rub or your favourite rub
  • 1 pack streaky bacon
  • 2 tbsp barbecue sauce


  1. Preheat your barbecue to 140C.

  2. Grab your turkey legs and pull back on the skin using a sharp knife or boning knife to gently separate the skin from the meat. Gently work the skin back towards that small bone-end of the leg.

  3. Use the boning knife to cut below the 3 bone blades at the end of the leg, cutting them loose.

  4. Now use the boning knife to cut under all of the tendons and small bones, cutting upwards and away and scrape the bone knife tilted away from you towards the end of the bone pushing down all the fragments of the now loose skin, meat and tendons.

  5. Use kitchen roll to pull hard on the skin to try and get it off the bone. This might not happen straight away so just twist and twist until it loosens and eventually gets off that sucker.

  6. Use the knife and poultry shears to cut and scrape any meat left on the exposed bone off and get that bone nice and clean to get your perfect lollipop.

  7. Use clean (I mean clean people!) pliers or kitchen paper to pull on the tendons which are exposed in the meat and pull them out. Keep going, it will happen eventually!

  8. When you're happy it's just meat left push the lot down into a nice ball shape.

  9. Spray the meat of the turkey legs with fry light and coat in the ranch (or your own) multi purpose rub.

  10. Wrap the streaky bacon around the turkey leg covering all the meat and use toothpicks to hold it all iin place.

  11. Season the bacon with Jack's meat dust.

  12. Get em on the barbecue until the turkey legs reach an internal temperature of 74C. This should be about 40 minutes to an hour.

  13. Allow the legs to cool slightly then remove the turkey legs and glaze with your favourite barbecue sauce.

  14. Serve and enjoy barbecue lovers!