Cheryl Brown

Smoked Turkey Leg: Iowa State Fair Food

smoked turkey leg iowa state fairThe best way to describe the Iowa State Fair’s monster smoked turkey leg is: “Fred Flintstone food.” Seriously, there’s something fundamentally primal about walking around with a giant poultry leg in your hand and ripping the meat off the bone with your teeth. It’s also enough meat to feed a family—no kidding, it weighs well over a pound.


But take one bite, and you utterly forget the fact that you feel like you should be walking around clothed in a mastodon pelt. In fact, every bite of that humongous leg is sheer bliss (and it’s not even fried!): all dark meat, great smoked flavor (it almost tastes like bacon) and surprisingly moist.


I didn’t want to think too hard about where the vendors were getting thousands of giant turkey legs from, but aside from that, it’s all good.


Last but not least, you feel strangely empowered carrying that cudgel of a leg around — if anyone tries to mess with you, you could do some serious damage.




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