Slow Cooker Turkey Legs

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Slow Cooker Turkey Legs are a must try in your Crockpot or other brand of slow cooker. Moist, tender and flavoursome, these slow cooker turkey legs are loaded in barbecue sauce and ideal for meal prep.

Our slow cooker turkey legs were originally shared on Recipe This in 2018. This is the updated version with more photos and including how to make barbecue pulled turkey.

slow cooker turkey legs in the crockpot

Slow Cooker Turkey Legs

Cooking Slow Cooker Turkey Legs came about as part of my obsession for saving money on grocery shopping and getting Dominic to constantly cut up my poultry for me.

I love buying a lot of whole turkeys after Christmas when they are discounted down. Last Christmas I can’t remember how many I bought, but it must have been at least 5 of them.

I could see the shock horror look on Dominic’s face as to how many turkeys I had in my hands.

It is nice to have loads of turkey outside of Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you separate them into turkey legs, turkey wings and turkey crowns then you can freeze them separately and then cook them as you need them.

Then load the turkey legs into the slow cooker for some easy meal prep like we are showing you how to do today.

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Slow Cooker Barbecue Turkey Legs

I love cooking new kitchen gadget recipes with the kids in the Milner kitchen. When I was planning slow cooker barbecue turkey legs the plan was that they would do it.

It would be fun for them to cover their hands in barbecue sauce and toss the barbecue sauce all over the turkey leg.

slow cooker barbecue turkey legs hands

As you can see, they had great fun.

Even better this is just how simple it is to make slow cooker turkey legs at home with barbecue sauce.

Your turkey legs cook in the barbecue sauce and it stops the turkey from being dry.

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Slow Cooker Pulled Turkey Legs

Once your slow cooker turkey has cooked, the job is to shred it. To shred all the meat from the turkey until you have beautiful pulled turkey.

You can then load it onto a large plate and then use it for salads, potlucks, flatbreads or even load it into pasta or rice dishes.

Slow cooker pulled turkey is that ideal meal prep food that has a zillion uses.

How To Cook Turkey Legs In Crockpot?

slow cooker turkey legs step by step

The quick version of turkey legs in the slow cooker goes as follows:

  1. Score the turkey leg.
  2. Smoother turkey leg in barbecue sauce.
  3. Load the turkey leg into the slow cooker.
  4. Cook + shred + eat.

There is a little more to it than that, but those are the simple basics!

slow cooker turkey legs
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Slow Cooker Turkey Legs

Slow Cooker Turkey Legs are a must try in your Crockpot or other brand of slow cooker. Moist, tender and flavoursome, these slow cooker turkey legs are loaded in barbecue sauce and ideal for meal prep.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 hours
Total Time5 hours 5 minutes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Slow Cooker
Servings: 6
Calories: 194kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:

Slow Cooker Turkey Leg Ingredients:


  • Add your marinade ingredients into the slow cooker and mix. Using a vegetable knife score your turkey leg so that sauce can get into the meat and not just the skin. Cover the turkey in the marinade and season well with salt and pepper.
    Slow Cooker Pulled Turkey Legs
  • Slow cook on high for 5 hours or until the turkey leg is easy to shred.
    Slow Cooker Pulled Turkey Legs
  • Using meat claws or your hands shred the turkey. Load onto a plate and serve.
    Slow Cooker Pulled Turkey Legs


Swaps. We used some leftover barbecue sauce we had in the fridge. You could do the same or swap it for your own homemade sauce, or another flavour you prefer.
Optional. When the turkey is shredded you can load your pulled turkey in extra barbecue sauce. Or eat it as it is.
Thanks for reading our slow cooker turkey legs recipe on Recipe This. We have many more slow cooker recipes for you to check out next. If you would like to try more turkey recipes, then try our air fryer turkey burgers.


Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 314mg | Potassium: 371mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 131IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg
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Hi! I am Sam and along with my chef hubby Dom we love sharing with you easy everyday recipes using kitchen gadgets. We are also the authors of The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook, an amazing air fryer cookbook filled with 140+ everyday air fryer recipes. Beyond the air fryer we also love the instant pot, slow cooker, soup maker, ninja foodi, pie marker and several other kitchen gadgets. CLICKING HERE →

3 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Turkey Legs”

  1. 5 stars
    Thanks for the great recipe. Never thought of cooking a turkey leg in the slow cooker and can’t believe how much meat you get from it. Used the shredded turkey for tacos.


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