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Robin Hood-ish Smoked Medieval Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Lollipop

There were a ton of recipes for chicken lollipops so I wondered why not Turkey.

My daughter said what I have been thinking for years but tradition has been standing in my way... "I HATE THANKSGIVING FOOD"!

I also hate THE ENTIRE TURKEY left over, left-overs sitting in the frig for days and days! When you get down to making soup with the left overs you have become complacent with holidays foods. Thus... turkey drumstick lollipops . . . it’s a bit of work to make them but the results are so worth the effort and time it takes.

Consequently, don’t wait for your next Renaissance Faire event to try them out because they are unique, and most importantly, delicious.

There is something Robin Hood-ish about chomping down on a jumbo turkey leg. Imagine the Merry Men in the kitchen with a roaring fire roasting their big juicy turkey legs while plotting against the Sheriff of Nottingham. You’ll be amply rewarded as the end result of the turkey meat and bacon combination is amazingly delicious.

The step by step instructions and photos below take you through the process of making them. Plan about 10-12 minutes prep time for each leg and always be sure your knife is facing away from you and your hands. You’ll need a sharp boning knife and some culinary pliers. If you don’t have culinary pliers, a pair of regular pliers is fine provided you thoroughly clean them of any garage gunk first. Use some paper towels to help grip the turkey drumstick skin so you can pull it off. There are about 10 tendons and thin bone sticks that need to be removed so you can sink your teeth into it without biting into tendons or bone. I left the end uncut as it’s too thick to chop off unless you have a huge meat cleaver or hacksaw. I think the exposed uncut end-bone works well with the medieval theme. You will experience a turkey leg like you have never had before. Because you’ve taken these extra steps and every bite will be free of most things that get in the way because you’ve pulled them out to make these bacony, juicy, and moist turkey lollipops. Once you chow them down, wait for the coma-inducting tryptophan and serotonin in the turkey to kick in. Your eyelids will be getting sleepy, very sleepy.


  • Turkey legs, uncooked

  • 4-6 slices of bacon per leg (depending on leg size)