Jerk Turkey Legs

Total Time:
5 hr 10 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
4 hr
Cook:
50 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Juice of 3 limes, plus wedges for serving
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 to 2 Scotch bonnet or habanero peppers, stemmed
  • One 1-inch piece peeled ginger
  • 1 bunch scallions, roughly chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 turkey drumsticks (about 4 1/2 pounds total)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Directions
  • Combine the oil, thyme, brown sugar, allspice, lime juice, garlic, chile peppers, ginger, scallions, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper in a food processor and pulse until smooth.

  • Coat the turkey legs in the jerk marinade and refrigerate at least 4 hours and up to overnight.

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

  • Spread the turkey legs on a rimmed baking sheet and roast until the skin is golden brown all over and the turkey is cooked through (an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the meat, avoiding bone, should register at least 165 degrees F), 45 to 50 minutes.

  • Serve the turkey legs topped with the cilantro, with lime wedges on the side.


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