Close-up of County Fair Turkey Legs, as seen on The Pioneer Woman, season 31.
Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

County Fair Turkey Legs with Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr (includes marinating time)
  • Active: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Turkey legs are a traditional snack at county fairs. They are also known as "caveman pops" because they are held by the bone and eaten like huge lollipops. Ree likes hers with a sweet and spicy BBQ sauce which, although not traditional, makes a delicious accompaniment to this meaty snack, and a great addition if you are serving these at a party.


Turkey Legs:

Sweet and Spicy BBQ Sauce:


  1. For the turkey legs: Set the turkey legs on a baking sheet and wrap the bone end with foil. Mix the paprika, chili powder, cumin, salt, thyme, garlic powder and pepper together in a small bowl, then sprinkle over the turkey legs liberally. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  3. Roast the turkey legs until golden brown with an internal temperature of 160 degrees F, 40 to 45 minutes. Turn the oven to the broil setting. Brush the legs with the honey and return to the oven to broil until the skin is caramelized, 1 to 2 more minutes.
  4. For the sweet and spicy BBQ sauce: Meanwhile, mix the BBQ sauce, honey, hot sauce and soy sauce together in a bowl. Serve alongside the turkey legs.