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Coqui Basic Brine for Turkey Legs

turkey leg in brine

I am addicted to smoked turkey legs. I go to Oktoberfest for two things: beer and turkey legs… ok, and every type of wurst known to man.

Honestly, though, those turkey legs are getting so expensive! They run $10 and up now. Blerdy Momma is not rich, you guys. But, Blerdy Momma can cook.

It turns out all you need for your own smoked turkey legs is a good brine and some flavorful wood chips. A basic brine starts with salt and sugar dissolved in water. The rest of the spices are totally up to you.

Coqui Brine

This is fabulous on turkey legs!!

  • 1 1/2 Gal Water
  • 1 C. Sugar
  • 1 C. Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Basil
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 Tbsp Vinegar
  • 1/4 C. Soy Sauce
  • 1/3 C. Molasses
  1. Stir together the ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil for 5 minutes.
  2. Let cool to room temperature and refrigerate until needed.
  3. Once cold, you can add your meat to soak overnight. (Reserve 2 cups of the brine to serve as mopping liquid before you add your meat to the brine.)