Bacon Wrapped Turkey Lollipops

Turkey Lollypop

Bacon Wrapped Turkey Lollipops are a unique and delicious way to serve turkey legs. There are many recipes for chicken lollipops, but very few for ones made of turkey. The reason: it’s hard work to make them. But, the results are worth the effort and time. The end result is juicy and delicious turkey meat wrapped in smoky bacon.

Plan for 10 to 12 minutes of preperation time for each leg. Always point your knife away from you and your hands. You’ll need a sharp boning knife and culinary or regular pliers to clean the bones. Paper towels help you grip the turkey drumstick skin so you can pull it off easily. There are about 10 tendons and bones to remove, so you can sink your teeth into the leg without biting into something unpleasant.

There is something very medieval when chomping down on a turkey leg. Imagine yourself in front of a roaring fire, roasting juicy turkey legs. You and your guests will experience a turkey leg as they have never had before.

Bacon Wrapped Turkey Lollipops Recipe

Turkey Lollypop
Bacon wrapped turkey lollipops are a unique and delicious way to cook and serve turkey resulting in a juicy, delicious, and smokey bacon-wrapped turkey leg.
Preparation 20 minutes
Cook 1 hour
Ready in 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 2 Servings
CourseMain Dish


  • 2 turkey legs uncooked
  • 12 slices bacon
  • 1 tablespoon Slap Yo’ Daddy Chicken Rub
  • 1/2 cup your favorite BBQ sauce


  • boning knife
  • toothpicks
  • pliers


  • Pull back on the skin of the turkey leg while using a boning knife to gently separate it from the meat. Pull it back to about an inch from the end. Gently work the skin back towards that small bone-end, leaving the skin on so you’ll have a “handle” to pull it off.
  • There are 3 bone blades towards the thin end of the drumstick. Work the boning knife below them, between them and the meat, cutting them loose. Make a cut around the bone, just below the big ball of the meat. Keep cutting around in circles a few times, giving it a little pressure (make sure to tilt the knife away from your hand slightly in case you slip, so the knife will go away from you instead of towards you).
  • Work the knife under each tendon and bony stick, cutting upwards (and away) and severing them. Start scraping the bone (with the knife tilted away from you) towards the thin end pushing down all the fragments of meat, tendons, skin, etc.
  • Use a wad of 2 to 3 sheets of paper towels to grab the slippery skin and the rest. Pull it off the end of the turkey bone. It probably won’t fully come off. This is where you start twisting it over and over until it comes off.
  • Use the boning knife (cutting away from you always) to work most of the bits off to scrape down to the bone. Then use the pliers to grab any small pieces in crevices. 
  • Remove all the tendons and bony sticks from the other end with the pliers and the knife when needed. Some tendons/sticks will come right out with no real meat on them. A couple will come out with a tiny amount of disposable meat on them.
  • There are a couple that will start pulling out large portions of meat when you tug on them with the pliers; this is where you start using your boning knife to scrape the meat away from the tendon you are pulling on. Eventually, it will separate with the tendon coming out and the meat remaining on the drumstick.
  • There is a huge thick bony stick that sits right down tight next to the main bone. Work the boning knife between the two, slicing down as far as you can go without cutting into the ball of the meat. Once that is free, use the pliers and go down into the ball of meat as far as you reasonably can and break that large bony stick that you just separated from the main bone.
  • Scrape the bone downwards off the bone towards the ball and remove the fragments. Push the meat down into a ball.
  • Wrap in bacon and toothpick where needed. Season with the chicken rub.
  • Barbecue on your Weber Smokey Mountain (I used an 18-inch one) at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) until an internal temperature of 165 degrees F (75 degrees C), 1 hour to 1 hour and 20 minutes, depending on the size of the lollipops.
  • Allow to cool a bit and then remove all the toothpicks. Glaze with your favorite barbecue sauce and serve with the sides of your liking.

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 2112mgCalcium: 165mgVitamin C: 1mgVitamin A: 282IUSugar: 24gFiber: 1gPotassium: 2290mgCholesterol: 568mgCalories: 1655kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 37gPolyunsaturated Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 32gFat: 99gProtein: 150gCarbohydrates: 32gIron: 13mg

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