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Grilled Turkey Legs (Caveman Pops)

Grilled Turkey Legs are a fun take on Thanksgiving dinner! These Caveman Pops are moist and flavorful with a simple brine and so easy to cook on the grill!
Course Appetizer, Main Entree
Cuisine American
Keyword caveman pops, grilled turkey legs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Brining 4 hours
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 276kcal
Author Lalaine


  • 1 gallon cool water
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 8 turkey legs


  • In a large stockpot or container, combine water, kosher salt, and sugar. Stir until completely dissolved. 
  • Place turkey legs in the brine until completely submerged. Cover and refrigerate for about 4 to 6 hours. 
  • Drain turkey from the brine, and rinse inside and out under cool running water. Pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Build a fire in the grill, leaving one side free of coals. When coals are covered with gray ash and the temperature is medium, they're ready.
  • Arrange the turkey legs in a single layer on the grill directly over the coals and cook, turning once every 5 minutes, for about 10 to 15 minutes or until skin begins to crisp and lightly char.
  • Transfer the turkey pieces to the cooler side of the grill, cover the grill, and continue to cook, turning occasionally, for about 40 to 45 minutes or until thermometer inserted in the thickest part of leg reads 165 F.
  • Remove from grill and serve hot.


Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 133mg | Sodium: 1011mg | Potassium: 513mg | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 3.2mg