By: Bradley Hunsaker
As a man who grew up close to the big barbeque states of the South, I have had my fair share of good meats over the years. Some will even say I have become very picky when it comes to how I take my barbeque. There is one thing that never disappoints every time I have the chance to get it though. The giant turkey legs of the Disney theme parks.
Now I know what you are thinking, can’t you get those at any renaissance fair or medieval times restaurant? The answer is yes, but they are just not as good. It may be the way Disney smokes the meat or the type of wood they use but there is a unique flavour and tenderness to Disney turkey legs that sets it apart from all others.
When you first purchase the drumstick whose size can only really be described as that of a newborn baby’s head you feel a sense of accomplishment for men everywhere that they even make a slab of meat this big. In fact, once you tear open the foil and wrapping surrounding the leg it gets you immediate attention; admiration and questions from the men asking where you get such an awesome meal and looks of disgust and awe from their wives wondering what animal this possibly could have come from. Despite it probably being smoked overnight and brought into the park early that morning, the smell and taste of the meat is very warm and fresh.
The meat itself is very tender and juicy which is a hard accomplishment for something this size. A lot of giant turkey legs can be very dry from having to be smoked so long to ensure the meat is cooked. I can only guess that there is some sort of basting process mid-smoke to ensure the meat stays juicy which in turn helps its tenderness. The taste is very traditional when it comes to barbeque. There seems to be no added spices or rubs to the meat, just the natural flavour of the turkey and the subtle yet ever so tasty smoky flavour that comes from the wood they chose to use. The combination of taste and texture is what keeps you eating despite the nagging thought in the back of your mind that you are going to have to go on rides with an overly full stomach of turkey goodness.
As far as price goes, it is your normal theme park expense. One turkey leg will usually run between $8-$9 but that is around the same cost as any other meal in the park and I can guarantee this will fill you up just as well. The legs can be found in Disneyland, Calif. and Disney World, Fla. and possibly other Disney locations around the world. Don’t take my word for it though, next time you find yourself in one of the parks have a go at one and I can promise you won’t be disappointed.