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Cheesy Loaded Turkey Drumsticks

Cooks in 2.5 hours
Serves 2




Backyard Boss


Ray Lampe, Dr. BBQ


  • 2 Turkey drumsticks, about 1 pound each
  • Olive oil spray
  • Your favorite barbecue rub
  • 2 cups prepared Mac and cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


This dish combines a meat and a side into one fun plate of food.  I used Dr. BBQ’s Hot Chicken rub, and it worked really well with the mac and cheese. If you don’t care for spicy, just use your favorite sweet rub. Drizzle the whole thing with BBQ sauce for a little something extra.

Prepare the smoker to cook indirect at 300° using apple or cherry wood for flavor.

Spray the legs with the olive oil spray, then season them liberally with the barbecue rub.

Place on the smoker and cook until they are golden brown and have reached an internal temp of 185°, about 2 hours.

Meanwhile prepare the mac and cheese.

When the legs are done, split the meat lengthwise with a sharp knife and open up the top creating a cavity for the topping.

Spoon the mac and cheese on top keeping most of it in the cavity.

Sprinkle the cheese over the top.

Using a kitchen torch (or the broiler) heat the cheese until it’s melted and golden brown.