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Sweet and Sticky BBQ Turkey Legs

Made with a sweet and tangy homemade BBQ sauce, these Sweet and Sticky BBQ Turkey Legs are a simple and delicious dinner idea. This inexpensive cut of turkey meat is perfect for feeding a crowd too! 

I partnered with Canadian Turkey to bring you this delicious turkey recipe! I was compensated for my time, but the recipe, all thoughts and opinions are my own as always. We really love turkey.

I’m so relieved that summer is here! We’ve got the barbecue fired up and we’re welcoming in this season with open arms! During these warm summer months our barbecue gets quite the workout. I love how easy it is to make a meal for my family right outside in the sunshine…and it’s nice to keep the cooking heat outside too! In fact, I would say that over half of our summer dinners are made on the BBQ. I find it’s the quickest, and most easy, way to get dinner on our table, especially if I’m also grilling our side dishes like corn on the cob and potatoes!

Sweet & Sticky BBQ Turkey Legs

An Inexpensive Meal Idea:

The great thing about barbecuing turkey is that I can feed my family for not a lot of money. Turkey tends to be less expensive than other proteins, making it a great choice for family dinners and big get togethers. Not only that, but turkey is delicious and pairs well with so many other dishes!

Sweet & Sticky BBQ Turkey Legs

Don’t skip the sauce!

For this supper of BBQ Turkey Legs I grilled 4 turkey legs to feed our family of 5. I made a delicious sweet and sticky sauce to baste the turkey legs with as they roasted, and made sure to save half of the sauce to serve at dinner. This sauce is perfection with this turkey! SO good.

Sweet & Sticky BBQ Turkey Legs

I mean, just look how delicious this looks…tangy, sweet and sticky. YUM.

Sweet & Sticky BBQ Turkey Legs
Sweet & Sticky BBQ Turkey Legs

Serving Suggestion:

For a perfect summer meal, I served these Sweet and Sticky BBQ Turkey Legs with corn on the cob and potatoes. They’re also so delicious with Classic Potato Salad and Creamy Cheddar Macaroni Salad. Delicious. Grilling turkey is really so easy!

Sweet and Sticky BBQ Turkey Legs

Sweet and Sticky BBQ Turkey Legs

Sweet & Sticky BBQ Turkey Legs

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Made with a sweet and tangy homemade BBQ sauce, these Sweet and Sticky BBQ Turkey Legs are a simple and delicious dinner idea. This inexpensive cut of turkey meat is perfect for feeding a crowd too!

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 46 servings 1x
  • Category: Turkey
  • Method: Barbecue


Units Scale

Turkey Legs:

  • 46 turkey legs (about 35 pounds( (the number depends on how many people you are feeding)
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper

BBQ Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp hot sauce


  1. Pat and dry the turkey legs, then season with salt and fresh ground pepper.  Set aside.
  2. Mix together the ingredients for the homemade BBQ sauce.  Separate the sauce into 2 bowls, use half for basting while grilling, and use the rest for dipping at dinner time!  Set aside.

Grilling the Turkey Legs:

  1. Lightly oil the grill, then set your barbecue to medium heat.
  2. Sear the turkey legs by grilling the them for about 5 minutes on each side (top and bottom).
  3. Continue to roast the turkey legs for about 45 minutes, turning every 10 to 15 minutes,
  4. After this time, baste the turkey legs with the sauce, and continue to roast them for about 15 minutes longer. While the turkey legs are roasting for this last 15 minutes, baste them several times so the sauce becomes nice and sticky and caramelized.  Note: Watch them carefully in case the barbecue flares up!
  5. Remove the turkey legs from the barbecue and serve with the extra sauce.

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5 Reasons to get Grilling with Turkey

  1. It’s an easy meat to substitute:
    Canadian turkey makes everyday meals delicious and tasty. It’s packed with nutrition
    and satisfying flavor, and can easily be substituted into ANY of your favourite grilling
  2. Turkey is lean and juicy! 
    It’s hard to believe but with turkey, both white and dark meat cuts are lean! That means
    you can enjoy any cut you prefer, and feel good knowing you are choosing a healthy
    protein without compromising on flavour, tenderness or juiciness.
  3. There are so many cuts of turkey to choose from: 
    Turkey is a versatile protein, with so many cuts of both dark and white meat to choose
    from including ground meat, legs, drumsticks, thighs, breast roasts, breast steaks, breast
    rolls, drummettes, wings, sausages, and burgers. With such a wide selection, you can
    turn any meal into a backyard feast, with leftovers that taste delicious the next day.
  4. Turkey is flavourful! 
    Turkey plays well with other flavours. It has a hearty taste and texture that marries well
    with bold profiles, making turkey the perfect partner for spices and rubs. Make recipes
    your own way using your family’s favourite flavours, and change up your everyday grilled
    turkey dishes using rubs, marinades and sauces.
  5. Turkey is affordable! 
    Turkeys are generally larger than other poultry choices and deliver a lot of meat for the price. Whole turkeys can be grilled for a few dollars per pound, and are a perfect choice for batch cooking meals, or for freezing leftover meat that comes in handy as an everyday meal starter. Cuts like drums, breasts and thighs are perfect for snacks and quick weeknight meals.

Canadian Turkey Recipes, Tips & Nutrition:

Visit the Canadian Turkey website for all the tips, tricks, techniques and recipe inspiration you might need! There are more delicious turkey recipes for the BBQ, a tonne of great information on turkey nutritionhow to cook turkey and more! And don’t forget to download the free Summer Grilling Guide for everything you need to know!

Have a delicious day!

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