Blueberry Balsamic BBQ Turkey Legs

By Gina Matsoukas
Culinary Setting
Meal Type
Main Course, Entrée
1 HR

About this Dish

A little sweet and a little tangy – that’s what you get in this delicious sauce on our Blueberry Balsamic BBQ Turkey Legs. The great flavor of dark meat on the turkey legs shines as it is smoked and topped with this yummy barbecue sauce.

Cooking Style
Turkey Legs/Drumsticks
Dish Type


4 turkey legs (about 1-1 1/4 lbs each)

2 c blueberries

2/3 c balsamic vinegar

1/2 c maple syrup

3 cloves garlic, smashed

1/4 c minced shallots

1 1/2 tbsp molasses

pinch of red pepper flakes

salt & pepper to taste


Place the blueberries, balsamic vinegar and maple syrup in a small sauce pot. Bring to a boil then reduce and simmer until the blueberries have broken down. Stirring occasionally while cooking, about 10-15 minutes.

Add the garlic, shallots and red pepper flakes, stir and continue cooking for 5-7 more minutes.

Use an immersion blender (alternatively, you can pour into a regular blender) to blend the ingredients in the pot until desired consistency.

Return pot to heat, add molasses and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir and let simmer over low heat for another 15 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside, BBQ sauce will thicken as it cools.

Preheat grill.

Pat dry turkey legs. Season with salt and pepper.

Place turkey legs on the grill once hot. Coat with BBQ sauce as the legs cook, making sure to flip and coat a few times during the process. Cook until internal temperature of the legs is 165 degrees F.

Serve with additional BBQ sauce.