How to Cook Turkey Drumsticks

You want to know cook turkey drumsticks, with Thanksgiving around the corner. Cooking turkey drumsticks is not difficult, as you may think it is. Scroll down to find out.
You have eaten turkey drumsticks and want to know how to cook turkey drumsticks. Drumsticks no doubt are a great addition to any meal, for that matter even a picnic. Cooking turkey is not difficult, if you know the right method to cook them. As a matter of fact, most of the turkey recipes are much easier, than you would expect them to be. The only thing about cooking turkey, is that you have to plan it in advance, as marinating gives the turkey its flavor. If possible, you should marinate the turkey for a couple of days. Choosing turkey drumsticks or legs over whole turkey is a better, as cooking is way easier. If you plan to make turkey drumsticks for Thanksgiving, then plan for it accordingly. In this write up, we will see how to cook a turkey in different ways.

How to Cook Turkey Drumsticks

Recipe # 1 - Smoked Drumsticks

Smoked turkey drumsticks can be one of the Thanksgiving recipes. Like I have previously said, it can be a picnic food item as well.

  • 6 turkey drumsticks
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp liquid smoke
  • 1 cup curing salt
  • 2 quarts water
  • In a large bowl, mix liquid smoke, water, brown sugar and curing salt together.
  • Add cleaned turkey drumsticks to the mixture.
  • Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days, so that it marinates well.
  • Before you want to bake, remove it from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature.
  • Preheat the oven to 350º F before you can place the drumsticks in the oven.
  • Remove the drumsticks from the marinade and remove any excess marinade.
  • Place the drumsticks in a baking pan.
  • Let the drumsticks bake for 45 minutes, till they are done.
  • Then increase the temperature to 500º F and let it roast the drumsticks, till they are deep brown in color. Do remember to turn them, so that they have an even brown color.
  • After they are done, let them cool on the baking sheet for 10 to 15 minutes, before you serve them.
Recipe # 2 - In the Oven

Cooking turkey legs in the oven is a great option. You will not have to spend a lot of time working on the cooking at all. Now let's read cooking turkey in convection oven.

  • 4 to 5 turkey drumsticks
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup dry red wine
  • cup olive oil
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1 dry bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon dry thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dry rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • To make this baked drumstick recipe, in a large mixing bowl, mix all-purpose flour with salt, pepper and dry oregano.
  • Rub the all-purpose flour mixture on the drumsticks and keep the remaining mixture aside.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan and add one drumstick in the frying pan and fry it, till it is brown in color.
  • When you are frying the sticks, make sure you continue to turn them, so that all the sides are well cooked.
  • Once the sticks are done, put them in a baking pan.
  • To the remaining oil in the frying pan, add finely chopped onions and garlic and cook, till onion is translucent.
  • Then add broth and wine along with bay leaf, rosemary and thyme.
  • Pour the broth mixture on the drumsticks in the pan.
  • Cover the pan with aluminum foil and let the drumsticks bake for approximately 2 to 2 ½ hours at 350º F.
  • Once the sticks are done, transfer them to the serving tray and use the drippings as a sauce.
Recipe # 3 - On the Grill

If you are fond of barbecue, then you may want to know how to cook turkey legs or drumsticks on the grill. You do not have to go too far off. Here is the recipe, which you may want to use for this Thanksgiving.

  • 4 turkey drumsticks
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper
  • In a sauce pan, heat oil. Then add minced garlic and chopped onion to it.
  • When the onion is translucent, add ketchup, cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, salt and pepper and let it simmer on low heat for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Roll the drumsticks in the sauce and place them on grill, that is sprayed with some oil.
  • Grill the drumsticks, till they are brown in color, but do not forget to base them at regular intervals.
  • When the drumsticks are tender, remove them and serve them with the sauce.
These are some of the methods, one can use to make turkey drumsticks. I hope now you know the answer to the question how to cook turkey drumsticks. You can also opt to fry the drumsticks, but since I am the health conscious types, I prefer the ones which are healthier.
By Bhakti Satalkar
Published: 11/23/2010
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