It doesn’t have to be Thanksgiving to appreciate this paleo, whole30, and low-carb turkey legs recipe. Made in the slow cooker so it’s super easy too.
I recently went to Disneyland with my friend and her daughter. While I didn’t get one this time, usually the highlight of my trip to Disney is eating one of their big old turkey legs. If you don’t know what I’m talking about then you are missing out and you can Google it. There are a lot of copy-cat recipes out there for Disneyland’s turkey leg recipe…this is not one of them. I was just inspired to make turkey legs.
I chose to put the legs on top balls of aluminum foil so the fat/grease would drip to the bottom of my slow cooker rather than have the food cook it in. If you have a small stand that will fit in your slow cooker, you can use that too. This is an optional step. is absolutely nothing wrong with having the meat cook directly in the bottom of the slow cooker, just add 1/4 cup of water or low-sodium broth.
Ditch the store-bought packet and use my homemade rotisserie blend. This is good for up to 3 1/2 lbs of turkey legs. You do not need to brine the turkey. Since this is being cooked in the slow cooker, it will be moist/juicy enough without the brine. As long as you don’t overcook it of course. Don’t get me wrong, you can brine if you want to but it’s not necessary.
I added ghee to my turkey legs to make this not just low-carb but keto as well. This too is optional.Print
- 4 medium size turkey legs (approx 3 lbs total)
- 2 tbsp oil of your choice
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp oregano
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp ghee (optional)
Optional: Place balls of aluminum foil across the bottom of the slow cooker
- Mix seasonings together in a small bowl. Rub oil evenly over each turkey legs and rub mixture generously on each turkey leg.
- Add turkey legs to the bottom of the slow cooker. If using ghee, add evenly on top of each leg.
- Cook HIGH 3-4 hours or LOW 6-8.
Nutritional value calculated using the ghee
What size slow cooker to use? Depends on how much meat you have. I had 4 large turkey legs that totaled a little over 3 pounds of meat and I used my 6-quart.
MEAT!! Juicy, falling off the bone tender meat. When I took one of the legs out it did actually fall off the bone.
If you like turkey legs, check out my 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Thai Turkey Legs recipe.
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