Slowly smoked chicken legs have a rich smokey flavor and warm buttery texture that melts in your mouth.
Whole chicken legs, sometimes called chicken quarters, are a great choice when you’re cooking for groups.
The advantage chicken legs have is they’re fairly inexpensive, develop great flavor when cooked low and slow, and they come with a handle that makes them easy for people to eat at picnics and barbecues.
The spice rub for this recipe has a little sweet and a little heat that helps the chicken develop complex flavors as it smokes. If you like your smoked chicken spicer increase the chipotle by 1/2 tsp and reduce the brown sugar by 1/2 tsp.
Smoked ChickenPrint Pin Recipe
- 4 to 6 whole chicken legs
- 2 tsp brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp chipotle powder
- In a small bowl mix the brown sugar, smoked paprika, cumin, chili, garlic, and chipotle powders along with the salt and pepper.
- Spread the rub on the chicken, taking the time to get it under the skin and around the legs.
- Smoke the chicken at 250ºF for an hour and a half or so until the chicken has cooked all the way through and reached 165ºF.
- Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before serving it with a good BBQ sauce for dipping.