Jerk Turkey Legs

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 5 hr 10 min (includes marinating time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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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 


  1. 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.
  2. Coat the turkey legs in the jerk marinade and refrigerate at least 4 hours and up to overnight.
  3. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  4. 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.
  5. Serve the turkey legs topped with the cilantro, with lime wedges on the side.