Christmas BBQ Sauce Pulled Turkey Legs


It is that time of year and to make a change from cold turkey sandwiches, cold meat and pickles and the obvious of turkey curry which I have nothing against this year I am doing something different with the legs off my bird.  If you are getting your turkey from your local butcher get them to remove the legs for you if not there are plenty of videos on you tube showing how to remove the legs which is really very easy to do.  Cooking the legs in this way will give you what resembles pulled pork in a rich Smokey sauce with a nice bite to it, will lift any boxing day meal to another level.

Ingredients :

2 turkey legs, skin removed

1 large onion finely chopped

2 tablespoons oil

4 cloves of garlic minced  or grated finely

1 tbl spoon chilli powder of choice

1 teaspoon ground cumin

125 ml tomato sauce

75 ml cider vinegar

2 chopped chipotle chillis (these are dried chillis soak in hot water for 20 minutes to hydrate, keep the juice)

2 finely chopped jalapeños

1 tbl spoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tbl spoon molasses or honey

125 ml water

Sea salt and pepper to season


Method :

This can be cooked in a slow cooker, cast iron casserole or an oven proof dish.  Can also be done in your BBQ or smoker, I will be doing this in the wood fired oven on boxing day and making up some special Christmas pizzas.

Sauté onion until soft and golden roughly ten minutes, add the garlic and spices and cook for a further minute.  Stir in the tomato sauce, cider vinegar, chillis, Worcestershire sauce the honey or molasses and add the water.  Stir well and cook through for another 2-3 minutes.

Add the skinned turkey legs either whole or as thighs and drumsticks cover with the sauce and cook for around 3 hours until the turkey is soft and tender.  If cooking in a slow cooker either cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours until as above.

Once cooked transfer to a bowl and allow to cool so that either with your hands or two forks shred the meat into long shreds just like pulled pork.  Stir the shredded meat into the remaining sauce and serve with good bread rolls, coleslaw, pickles and all your other boxing day sides.