Are those my favorite turkey legs?
This recipe is late.
This was supposed to be my Thanksgiving pressure cooker recipe – State Fair Turkey Drumsticks. But I got distracted the night I was cooking it, and only took pictures of the beginning of the recipe, up to locking the pressure cooker lid. 1 Everyone loved the big drumsticks, but I had other recipes ready, so I let it go, thinking “Maybe next Thanksgiving?”
Then I kept hearing from my wife. Multiple holiday turkeys were served, and with each one, she said: “These are good drumsticks – but not as good as the ones you made in the pressure cooker. When can we have those again?”
Here they are: my wife’s favorite turkey drumsticks. 2
Recipe: Pressure Cooker State Fair Turkey Drumsticks
- 6 quart or larger pressure cooker (I use an Instant Pot Duo electric pressure cooker)
Pressure Cooker State Fair Turkey Drumsticks recipe – massive turkey legs, like you get at the amusement park.
- 6 turkey drumsticks
- 1 tablespoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt
- 2 packed teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- Season the drumsticks: Mix the salt, brown sugar, pepper, and garlic powder, breaking up any clumps of brown sugar. Sprinkle evenly over the turkey drumsticks.
- Everything in the pot: Pour the water and soy sauce into the pot, then add the drumsticks.
- Pressure cook the drumsticks: Lock the lid and cook at high pressure for 20 minutes stovetop/25 minutes electric PC, then let the pressure come down naturally for 15 minutes, and quick release any remaining pressure.
- Serve: Lift the drumsticks out of the pot with tongs – be careful, they are fall-apart tender. If you have the time, pour the pot liquid in a fat strainer, let the fat float to the top, and pass the de-fatted liquid at the table as a sauce.
If you want to crisp up the turkey skin, brush the drumsticks with the sauce from the pot, then run them under the broiler until browned. (I don’t bother, and serve them as-is).
- 6 drumsticks fit in my 6 quart Instant Pot…but it depends on the length of the bones. Shorter legs stack in there without any problem, but longer bones don’t fit in there flat, and I have to work them in like a jigsaw puzzle. Don’t worry about the max fill line; there is plenty of air in the pot. As long as the lid will lock, the drumsticks fit.
- The cooking liquid is delicious poured over baked potatoes. Just sayin’.
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