Roasted Turkey Drumsticks

How was everyone’s Thanksgiving? I hope you enjoyed a wonderful time with your family and loved ones! We had an early lunch for Thanksgiving this year but it was quite a feast with too much food like always~ I wasn’t able to eat as much macaroni and cheese as I would have liked because I was so full from all the food. The fresh organic cranberry sauce, gravy, green beans and turkey drumsticks were really delicious. The stuffing this year was a flop despite having used wheat bread and trying to cook it from scratch. Perhaps I overbaked it while I was trying to dry the bread out?

My family is a cozy number of people and everyone doesn’t like turkey as much as I do. They prefer chicken over turkey so we have replaced turkey with chicken or kalbi during the past years. This year, I insisted on turkey but nobody wanted a huge turkey so we decided on delicious drumsticks. I am really glad we chose to do just drumsticks this year as I wasn’t feel well enough to prepare and cook everything Wednesday night and Thursday. Thankfully, Chai helped a lot with making the dishes this year! Turkey drumsticks are also the most delicious part of the turkey! I hope you can enjoy this recipe for next Thanksgiving or any time of the year! It’s especially delicious with fresh cranberry sauce or gravy!

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Yield: 4 medium Turkey Drumsticks
Time: 1 hour 10 minutes + brining overnight

Ingredients

  • 9 cups of water
  • 9 TBSP of salt
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 medium turkey drumsticks
  • 8 cloves of garlic, minced

Instructions

  1. Combine the water, salt, brown sugar, peppercorns, and bay leaves in a large pot over medium heat. Stir and bring to a boil until sugar is well dissolved. Remove the brine from the heat and let it cool to room temperature.
  2. Place turkey drumsticks in a large container and add brine. Cover and place in the fridge overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 450°F with racks in the middle.
  4. Spray racks on a baking tray with oil.
  5. Remove turkey drumsticks from brine and place them on racks. Pat them dry with a paper towel.
  6. Cut slits into both sides of each drumstick and spread garlic on top of the drumsticks.
  7. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes.
  8. Cover the drumsticks with foil and cook in oven for another 30 minutes. The instant thermometer should read 165°F in the thickest part of each turkey.
  9. Remove the turkey drumsticks from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes with the foil for juicy drumsticks.
  10. Serve with gravy and cranberry sauce on the side!

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