Grilled Turkey Thighs


  • 4 turkey thighs, bone in, skin removed
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup of your favourite barbecue sauce


  1. In a small bowl, stir together all the spices and the oil to make a paste.
  2. Place the turkey thighs, along with the wet rub, into a resealable plastic bag, and rub and turn the thighs until they are completely covered.  Alternately, you can use your hands to spread the rub.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  4. Preheat your barbecue to 400F (205C)
  5. Place the turkey thighs on the preheated grill and cook for 30-35 minutes, turning every 10 minutes, or until the internal temperature is 165F (74C).
  6. Baste the turkey thighs with your favourite barbecue sauce during the last 5 minutes of cooking.
  7. Remove the thighs to a serving dish, cover with foil, and allow them to rest for five minutes before serving.

Recipe compliments from The Canadian Turkey Marketing Agency