Roast Turkey Drummers

Roast Turkey Drummers


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About this recipe: Turkey drumsticks are brined before being roasted with a tangy, sweet and sticky sauce. It's an excellent way of cooking turkey drumsticks. Serve with potatoes, rice or pasta for a substantial meal.


Serves: 4 

  • 145g salt
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 4 turkey drumsticks
  • 475ml white wine
  • 125ml pomegranate molasses
  • 110g dark brown soft sugar
  • 4 tablespoons black treacle
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 125ml ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 tablespoons dried sage leaves, divided
  • 4 tablespoons dried thyme leaves, divided

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:2hr  ›  Extra time:2hr marinating  ›  Ready in:4hr15min 

  1. Place the salt and sugar into a large resealable bag. Pour in enough water to cover the turkey legs and squeeze the bag to dissolve salt and sugar. Immerse the turkey legs in the brine and seal the bag. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to brine.
  2. In a saucepan, stir together the white wine, pomegranate molasses, dark brown soft sugar, black treacle, vinegar, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to the boil and cook until reduced by half. Season with 1 tablespoon of sage and 1 tablespoon of thyme. Taste and adjust sugar, salt and pepper if desired.
  3. Preheat the oven to 170 C / Gas 3. Remove the turkey legs from the brine and pat dry with kitchen paper. Discard the brine. Heat a large oven-safe frying pan over medium-high heat. Cast iron will work well. Fry the turkey, turning frequently, until browned on all sides. Place the pan with the turkey into the oven.
  4. Roast uncovered for 45 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove and turn legs over. Season with some of the remaining thyme and sage and spoon some of the sauce onto the legs to coat. Return to the oven for an additional 30 minutes.
  5. Repeat the seasoning and baste with the sauce and return to the oven. Roast for 15 more minutes, then test for doneness. The internal temperature should be 74 degrees C when taken with a meat thermometer. Serve turkey with remaining sauce on the side.


Pomegranate molasses / syrup is a thick fruit syrup made from pomegranates, which is used widely in Middle Eastern cuisine. It can be purchased online or in some Mediterranean speciality shops.
If your local supermarket doesn't stock turkey drumsticks, ask at your local butcher.

Turkey tips

For fail-safe tips and turkey cooking times see our guide to cooking turkey. Also don't forget our turkey gravy recipes.

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