It doesn’t need to be Thanksgiving for you to appreciate this easy yet flavorful slow cooker rotisserie turkey leg recipe.
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 I suggest you immediately Google it. There are a lot of copy-cat recipes out there for Disneyland’s turkey leg recipe…this is not one of them. This is more of an ode to rather than a copy of. To start, you don’t need to brine the turkey. Since this is being cooked in a crock-pot, it will be moist/juicy enough. 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.
What size slow cooker to use? Depends on how much meat you have. I had 4 large turkey legs. They could have fit in my 6-quart but I found a small rack in my pantry that fit perfectly in my 7-quart. I chose to put the legs on top of the wire rack so the fat/grease would drip to the bottom of my slow cooker rather than have the food cook it in. If you don’t have a rack you can ball up some aluminum foil or even put the legs on top of a chopped up onion. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having the meat cook directly in the bottom of the crock-pot, just add 1/4 cup of water or low-sodium broth.
- 4 medium size turkey legs (approx 3 lbs total)
- 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp oregano
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp pepper
- Rub melted coconut oil over each turkey legs.
- Stir seasonings together in a small bowl and rub generously on each turkey leg.
- Add turkey legs to the bottom of the slow cooker.
- Cook HIGH 2-3.5 hours or LOW 4-7.
This was a hard recipe for me. Not labor intense hard. Hard because when it comes to me and rotisseries, I usually just “shake” without any measuring. Meaning I take the spices in my homemade rotisserie blend and shake it all over the poultry. That always seems to do the trick. Actually writing out the measurements this time was different but I was able to do it for you. If you have your own rotisserie seasoning that you like to use, feel free to substitute that in. Just try not to use store-bought.
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.