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Cooking a Pre-Smoked Turkey Leg!

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Do you have a couple of tasty Pre-Smoked Turkey legs calling your name but are unsure of how to cook them properly? The good news is that most commercial pre-smoked turkey legs found in grocery stores are considered fully cooked! All you really have to to is reheat them without making them tough and making sure they hit the right temeprature.

It's pretty simple! Fully cooked, smoked turkey drumsticks can be heated in the oven. All you really have to do is add a bit of water, cover, and slow bake! Here's what you need to do.

  • First preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Add a dash of water, or broth, to the a baking pan or dish. Amount depends on how many legs! Just use a bit to keep things moist. You don't want the legs sitting in a puddle of water.
  • Place the legs in the pan and cover with foil.
  • Bake for two hours, rotating the pan in the oven, until you have an internal temp of 155 degrees!

That's really all there is to it! You can use cookie sheets or simply foil wraps on a grill. The idea is to warm slowly to keep the meat tender. In a way, this method is actually an extension of the slow smoked cooking process that the legs were cooked with.

Image: Cabela's

Kent Whitaker

Kent Whitaker, also known as "The Deck Chef," is a culinary writer and cookbook author. He's also penned Young Reader and History titles. The former winner of the Emeril Live Food Network Barbecue Contest also covers football, motorsports, and bass fishing. Kent currently lives in East Tennessee with his wife, son, and a couple of dogs that love when he fires up the smoker or grill.